FAMILY FAITH OVERVIEW
is a monthly faith formation experience for the entire family. This program is offered as an alternative to the weekly Continuing Christian Education (CCE) program provided by the parish and combines group teaching with home study experiences. As the primary educators of their children regarding faith and morals, parent(s) will find that the
program supports them in that endeavor by providing regular opportunities to gather as a family and share their faith with each other in an intentional, thoughtful and relevant way.
Emphasizing the values often lacking in today's culture and society,
strives to build stronger Christian families, while deepening our understanding of the Catholic faith. Through group instruction, discussions and activities/exercises, family members grow closer to each other by sharing their faith. They also become connected to the larger community of other parish families in the program who encourage and support one another through prayer, deed and fellowship.
program is offered on the first Sunday of each month with a few exceptions. The first meeting is an adult only session in August, followed by once monthly family sessions starting in September through May of each year, from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm each month.
HOW IT IS RUN
The program coordinator, Melissa Calcote, and the CORE team volunteers strive to provide a welcoming environment where participating families take turns serving each other during the course of the year by sharing the duties that help make
Each month, there is time for large group experiences, family Bible study/discussion and age level classes taught by parent catechists for all children ages 4 years through high school. Children ages 12 to 35 months will be cared for by the parish's nursery,
, with advanced registration through the parish office (see link) and children ages 3 years and older will spend the entire session time with their grade-level catechist.
The pre-school and elementary aged children use the same textbooks as the weekly CCE classes, while the middle school and high school youth will use a variety of resources. A minimal amount of homework for both the students and the families should be expected each month, in order to fully cover and/or reinforce the lessons presented. For this reason, Family Faith is considered to be a hybrid of the weekly and Home Study CCE programs and qualifies as on-going faith formation for both the children and parents.
FAMILY FAITH, SACRAMENT PREPARATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
Sacrament preparation is not a part of the FAMILY FAITH program and requires a supplemental registration form and fees.
Preparation for First Sacraments is done apart from FAMILY FAITH with attendance at those meetings required for preparation. Those who are candidates for Confirmation must also attend regularly scheduled Confirmation classes separate and apart from FAMILY FAITH. However, participation in FAMILY FAITH does qualify as continuing faith formation for purposes of either registration and/or continuation in both sacrament preparation programs. Registration forms for the sacraments may be found under the 'Religious Education' tab of the church website.
High school and middle school youth are also encouraged to participate in the LIFE TEEN and EDGE programs, respectively.
All families are welcome to register for FAMILY FAITH.
Registration is limited each year to the first 60 families who complete and turn in their forms and payment, with priority given to returning families and then those on the wait list
. Forms should be returned to the Registrar in the Religious Education Office of the parish on or before July 15th of each year.
For availability information and registration forms contact Melissa Calcote at