Children’s Faith Formation (K-8)

 

pope-jp2“The spiritual life of the family needs to be sustained with specific means and special procedures: primarily by constant contact with the Christian community, with the parishand with the moments that it offers for nourishing the faith. The sanctification of Sunday should be given emphasis: the members of the family can thereby renew themselves together at the springs of the word and the sacraments.”  — (Pope John Paul II—Message to Christian Families)

 

Children’s Faith Formation (K-8)

Our goal is to bring a love of God through knowledge of the faith, since to know God is to love Him.  We support parents in their vital responsibility of raising their children in the Catholic faith.  We strive to present the faith in a way that the seeds planted at Baptism will flourish.

Since our Sunday Faith Formation Programs are committed to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, parents can trust the teaching presented to their children.

 


 

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GRADE SCHOOL

Classes are offered for children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade and take place most Sundays from 10:10 to 10:50 AM in the Upper Hall.  All grades are represented, with Grades 1-8 utilizing the outstanding Faith and Life series of catechetical texts, and are distributed as follows:

  1. Kindergarten:  Who Am I? (On God and Creation) – from the Image of God series.
  2. 1st Grade: Our Heavenly Father
  3. 2nd Grade: Jesus Our Life
  4. 3rd Grade:  Our Life With Jesus
  5. 4th Grade:  Jesus Our Guide
  6. 5th Grade:  Credo: I Believe
  7. 6th Grade:  Following Christ
  8. 7th Grade:  The Life of Grace
  9. 8th Grade:  Our Life in the Church

In collaboration with MyCatholicFaithDelivered.com, our program is a paperless program, wherein the students read ALL of the textbook material online, and complete any assigned interactive online activities (i.e., flashcards, interactive prayers, quizzes and tests, videos, etc.) AT-HOME, for about 30-60 minutes each week.  Then, during our Sunday sessions, Catechists will engage the students in the Socratic method of learning, wherein Catechists will further develop the most important immutable principles from the lesson that week, that will aid the students in becoming convinced of the TRUTH of those principles; thus, leading the students toward an understanding of WHY the Church teaches any particular doctrine or dogma to be TRUE.  Rote regurgitation of doctrines – though an important exercise toward memorization – cannot be the goal of catechesis, but only a means.  The goal of catechesis must be to convince children of the truth of Jesus Christ, and God’s plan for the salvation of all mankind, so that our children will grow to authentically KNOW, LOVE, and SERVE God in all aspects of their lives.  

REGISTRATION

Pre-Registration begins in June, followed by our common Registration Day occurring in August.  Classes begin in September and end in May.

Normally, children prepare for First Communion with proximate formation throughout the 2nd Grade curriculum, having already completed remote formation in the 1st Grade.

 


2017-2018 CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (K-8) CALENDAR