What is Faith Formation At St. Anne Parish?
The formation programs at St. Anne Parish provide families with meaningful experiences that serve as stepping stones on the lifelong journey to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Parents are involved in both Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation programs so that they can help their children to carry out the lessons they are taught in the classroom. We believe that the first Church is the domestic Church found in each and every home.
Through a combination of lessons in the home, quality weekly sessions within the church community, and participation in Mass, the young people within our parish have the best possible chance to live a full and loving life in the Catholic faith. The formation staff at St. Anne Parish and the many talented catechists are dedicated to offering the best of learning experiences to your family.
Faith Formation for Children
Wednesday Evenings | Kindergarten through Grade 5
These children’s Faith Formation sessions from 6:15-7:30 p.m. build faith through discussion, prayer and activities, address learning goals for each age group regarding liturgy, scripture, Catholic traditions, moral formation, social justice, as well as service and community according to each grade level’s developmental stage.
Homestudy Faith Formation
Flexible Schedule | Kindergarten through Grade 5
This home-based alternative to the traditional classroom based learning format features you, the parent or guardian, as the teacher. Your child will complete one workbook chapter a week under your guidance. A syllabus and calendar are provided to keep you on track. This is a flexible option because you choose the day of the week and time that you will do your faith formation studies with your child.
- Parents and students must be in frequent contact with the Homestudy coordinator.
- Students must complete and submit a finished workbook.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Sunday Mornings | Kindergarten through Grade 4
This program is offered during the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass throughout the school year. No pre-registration is required. This is not in place of regular Faith Formation programs or school but rather a ritual of prayers that will make the Sunday readings come more alive for our young people. The readings are proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary and the discussion that flows is done in a child user-friendly fashion.
Youth Faith Formation
Wednesday Evenings | Grades 6-12
This holistic and comprehensive Youth Ministry program for youth in grades 6-12 will include learning programs for social, service and spiritual development as we work together to learn, share about our faith, serve others, have fun and make the world better! The 2013-2014 session welcomes a new dynamic and varied structure to the course schedule as we inaugurate the new mini-course model of class scheduling.
All sessions will be offered on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. All are welcome to this program of learning and youth ministry that includes prayer, service, justice-seeking, socializing, examining the rich Catholic tradition, and relationship building.
First Reconciliation & First Eucharist:
The preparation process for First Reconciliation consists of parent sessions and parent/child sessions beginning in September. Children completing the process will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation in January. The preparation process for First Eucharist consists of similar parent sessions and parent/child sessions beginning in January. Children completing the process will celebrate First Communion in Spring.
The following criteria must be met in order to properly register and prepare your son/daughter for these Sacraments:
Registration for both Sacraments must occur by July 1.
- Children receiving these Sacraments must be in at least the second grade.
- The combined cost for the preparation of these Sacraments is $50 and must be turned in at the time of registration.
CLICK HERE for a more comprehensive description of the First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation process.
Preparation for Confirmation is accomplished through ongoing Faith Formation at St. Anne Parish or at Newman Catholic High School. (Students not attending NCHS must have previously participated in the Wednesday evening Faith Formation Program.) Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of the student’s sophomore year of high school.
In addition, immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will include the following:
- A mandatory student/parent meeting in the fall.
- Attendance at regularly scheduled formation sessions during the 10th grade year.
- Attendance at the annual Confirmation retreat, customarily held in February.
CLICK HERE For a more comprehensive description of the Confirmation Preparation process.
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