Faith Formation is looking a little different in 2022-2023!
Our new approach to Faith Formation will maximize student engagement and interaction with others. After all, the Lord Jesus transcends books — He is the Word made Flesh. For this reason, we are emphasizing a holistic approach to the formation of our children.
Two options to choose from:
- In person
- Faith at Home
Interested in being a Small Group Leader? Click here for details
What to expect for in-person classes
Each Faith Formation class will consist of three sections: Gather, Proclaim and Send.
- Gather: Fellowship and games. All children, grades 1-5, will be together for this section. All children, grades 6-8, will be together for this section. (40 minutes, including welcome)
- Proclaim: Opening prayer with intercessions and gratitude, experiential (kerygmatic) talk, and small group clusters. Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8 will breakout and listen to varying talks suitable to their grade levels (15 minutes)
- Send: In small groups, leader(s) will encourage the children to share what they received, ask questions, and reflect on how to live the teachings. The clusters will end in the chapel, with Eucharistic adoration and guided prayer (20 minutes)
Program requirements for the year: Attend and participate in all 12 classes (six classes in fall and six classes in winter) as well as complete the at-home Pflaum Gospel Weeklies activities. Families are encouraged to attend and participate in the four Family Prayer Projects- 45-minute “Holy Hour” and formation for families.
Family Prayer Projects – Saturdays*
Dates and times: Pick one of the Fall and one of the Winter sessions; either Sunday or Monday.
Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – September 18 and 25, October 2, 9, 16 and 23
Monday, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. September 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24
Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – February 5, 12 and 26, March 5, 12, and 26
Monday, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. February 6, 13 and 27, March 6, 13, and 27
What to Expect for Faith at Home
A parent-led home study program for Grades Pre-K-Kindergarten (Faith at Home Early Years) and Grades 1-8 (Faith at Home) using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Parent guides will be provided. A hard copy, as well as a digital version, is available.
For Faith at Home Early Years (ages 3-5), children and their families will be invited to participate in the Family Prayer Project – 45-minute “Holy Hour” and formation for families – four times a year. We encourage Grades 1-8 to participate in the Family Prayer Projects* For Grades 1-8, this will be required.
The program will begin on September 18, 2022, and run through May 9, 2023. Weekly age-appropriate Pflaum activities will be completed.
Materials will be handed out prior to the start date
Family Prayer Projects – Saturdays*
Family Prayer Project
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Saturday, November 11, 2022
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Make-up date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Click below to Register:
WE NEED YOU!
For our program to take place, we need you to step-up and help the children fulfill their baptismal vows by taking on the challenge of being a Small Group Leader. Whether you are a parent of a child in faith formation or not, you can be a great asset to our children. We want to surround our children with a cloud of witnesses of all ages (those of you of grandparent age, we’d love your involvement!).
Our twelve-session model, broken into a Fall and a Winter semester with 6 classes per semester, is meant to lessen the burden on catechists (Small Group Leaders) and prepare parents to reinforce the faith in their homes. The task of teaching the lessons will be on the SJCC staff, not on you. We desire that you come and enjoy being part of the children’s lives for 12 1-hour and 15-minute sessions. Your responsibilities are two: relational ministry, intentionally forming relationships with the children and parents; and leading small groups, helping the children share their hearts with one another.
Ready to sign up or have any questions, email Pedro Silva ([email protected])
Without you, we cannot make this happen! Please, pray and discern to see whether the Lord is calling you to help form and love His little ones.
- Relational ministry: building trust through listening and actively receiving the children. Be mothers and fathers or brothers and sisters to them, that is what their little hearts desire.
- Leading Small Groups: facilitate and guide their sharing time after the lesson. The focus is to provide them with a space where they can intentionally and vulnerably share what is in their hearts.
Primary Expectations of the Small Group Leaders:
- Prepare by reading, studying, and praying through the resource page and lesson content which will be provided
- Help with activities and games for the children
- During small group, the Send section, listen and use the provided questions to stir dialogue and apply the talk’s lesson to each child’s life
- Help the children to focus during the talk and prayer