Children's Faith Formation

 

Welcome to Family Faith Formation!

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2226)

Parents are the primary educators of the faith and for more than eight years we have offered catechesis for preschool and elementary age children in partnership between parents/guardians and the parish. Monthly gatherings are held for children and adults at the parish and then during the remainder of the month parents/guardians complete faith formation assignments at home with their child. Children meet in grade level classrooms while adults gather in a large group for their own faith formation session. Our faith formation year runs September to June.

Family Faith Formation strives to challenge, encourage, and support our families in the following:

Family Life The domestic church is where a child first begins to learn the faith and one goal of Family Faith Formation is to assist parents in creating a robust domestic church.

Liturgy The source and summit of our Christian life is the Sunday Mass.  Families are encouraged and expected to attend Mass weekly and on Holy Days of Obligation.

Lifelong Learning about the Catholic faith should occur over a person’s entire lifetime, not just in preparation for a sacrament which is why adults are required to attend sessions with their youngster.

Service Families in our program are expected to give of themselves with their time and talent to the parish and wider community throughout the year.  A calendar of opportunities for service will be available each fall and as new opportunities arise the list will be updated.

Community As demonstrated by the apostles and the earliest Christians our faith is meant to be lived within a community.  Families are encouraged and given the opportunity to get to know other families they worship, serve, and learn with.

Volunteer Needs:

  • Catechists and Classroom Aides
  • Grade-level liaison
  • FFF Soup Supper Coordinator
  • Hospitality Host Team
  • Mentor/mentor family

Contact tracyj@stjoevan.org or jillr@stjoevan.org for more information about roles or to volunteer.

 

Preschool

Elementary 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Nursery & Childcare

Vacation Bible School

 

Resources:

2018-2019 Online Registration for Family Faith Formation (preschool through 5th grade)

2018-2019 Printable Registration Form for Family Faith Formation (preschool through 5th grade)

2018-2019 Calendar (coming soon)

Curriculum website for preschool

Curriculum website for K-5th grade

Grade level prayers for memorization