Children's Faith Formation

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for 2021-2022 Faith Formation

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Children's Faith Formation (CFF) for 2021-2022


On Sunday, Sept 12, 2021, we had a parent orientation meeting in the parish hall. This was an opportunity to share the plan for this coming year, where things are changing rapidly, and for you to share your questions with us. We also introduced all the catechists. Here are a few of the references discussed at the orientation meeting:
- Click here to download a copy of the STA FF Calendar for 2021-2022 (it is also posted below).
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Click here to access a handbook summarizing health precautions for this year.
- The following groups have their own distinct schedules:
   - "SacPrep" (First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion):  see below on this page.
   - Confirmation Prep:  see below on this page.
   - High School Youth:  visit the Youth Ministry page.

Beginning Sunday, Sept 19, 2021. most students will meet with a catechist weekly on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45. We are planning on also providing our families with lessons for home instruction, offering opportunities via distance learning formats to those families that are not ready to be in person. Here are the specific dates for the first meeting of each group:
- Grades PreK through 6: classes begin Sunday, Sep 19, at 9:45am in the Aquinas Center.
- Youth Group teens: kick-off meeting is Sunday, Sep 19, at 12:15pm in the Grotto.
- SacPrep Candidates for First Reconciliation: classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 6.

- Youth Confirmation: classes begin Sunday, Oct. 10, at 9:45am in the Fireside Room.

Students will find in our classes accessible texts providing a general overview of the Faith with recurring connections to Scripture, the saints, Church teaching, prayer, and morality, fun worksheets, exposure to Bible Stories and their key lessons as well as prayer, the Mass, and the liturgical year. 

Pre-K and K will use the Allelu! curriculum by Our Sunday Visitor.

Grades 1-6 will use the Alive in Christ curriculum by Our Sunday Visitor. Grade 6 is the preparatory year prior to Confirmation as 7th graders in 2022-2023.

Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Communion ("SacPrep") will use the Blessed! curriculum by Dynamic Catholic. Young Catholics in the 2nd grade and above who have completed a proximal year of Faith Formation at any parish are eligible. Students participate in regular Faith Formation classes on Sundays and attend periodic in-person SacPrep classes on Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, starting in October. There are parent sessions throughout the year on Wednesday evenings at the same time. Review these two resources for more details: 
(1) Download and review copy of the SacPrep Orientation Guide for 2021-22 with program description, requirements, and key dates. 
(2) Watch this brief SacPrep Orientation Video by SacPrep Catechist Christine Peters. 
- If you still have questions, please contact Christine at sacprep@stthomascamas.org

Confirmation Preparation is available in the 7th grade and will use the Decision Point curriculum by Dynamic Catholic. Students participate in regular faith formation group sessions twice each month on Sundays and family study using the Dynamic Catholic "Decision Point" text as a guide.  A one-day retreat is planned.  Download a copy of the Confirmation Orientation Guide for 2021-22 with program description, requirements, and schedule. Visit the Youth Ministry webpage for more information.

Grades 9-12 will use the YouCat and The Bible as guides for exploring and engaging the Faith in a self-paced format designed on a two-year schedule.   


FF Calendar for 2021-2022:
 

See the separate schedules (linked above) for more details on meeting times and places for SacPrep, Confirmation Prep, and Youth Group activities. 

As Domestic Churches, families are encouraged to celebrate the liturgical calendar, saints of the day, and special milestones in church history.



Our Approach
 

Faith formation at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish offers opportunities for children to complement what they are learning about the Catholic Faith from their parents who are the primary educators of their children. The lessons offered through the Parish Faith Formation Program supplement the family's ongoing efforts to introduce the children to the Good News of what God has done for them in Jesus Christ and how they are called to be formed as his disciples, eventually to be sent as missionaries to share this message with others.

The following list includes some of the core habits for disciples of all ages to develop. They serve as the focus of our efforts at coaching our young parishioners to grow as disciples of Jesus. Notice how the first four are habits primarily developed at home, in the Domestic Church. The final habit is what we can focus on during our Sunday morning faith formation sessions in an effort to help develop some vocabulary and concepts to better understand and articulate the relationship with Jesus at the root of the first four habits:

  • Prayer:  Develop the habit of daily personal and family conversation with God.
  • Mass:  Develop the habit of actively participating in weekly Sunday Liturgy.
  • Bible:  Develop the habit of reading (or listening to) Bible stories.
  • Love:  Develop the habit of being generous in your love for God and neighbor.
  • Study:  Develop the habit of learning more about what God has done for us and how we are called to respond.

Tuition and Payments


PreK4-K: $20 per participant
Elementary (Grade 1-6): $30 per participant
Middle School (Grade 7-8): $30 per participant
High School (Grade 9-12): $40 per participant 
First Reconciliation/First Communion: $20 per participant 
Confirmation Prep: (1) $20 per participant; (2) $120 for a weekend in-person retreat (if possible this year due to Covid restrictions; do not pay until retreat plan is verified)

Payments may be made either online (see sidebar area), or via check payable to:
   St. Thomas Aquinas Church (memo: FF registration) and delivered/mailed to the parish office:
   324 NE Oak Street, Camas, WA  98607

Do not let financial concerns be an obstacle to your child’s faith formation education. Call the Children's Faith Formation office for information on financial aid or scholarships, if needed. 

Since all parish efforts at Children's Faith Formation support the ongoing formation within each family as a whole, it is necessary that parents (and legal guardians) participate in faith formation as well. Special Parent Faith Formation ("Parent FF" or "PFF") lessons will be offered regularly throughout the school year. At least one parent from each family needs to participate in the Parent FF lessons. Additional adult faith formation opportunities will be offered at other times and all parents are encouraged to participate. 



 

 

It was so nice to see some of you today at our Parent Orientation. As I promised I am attaching the "handbook" for your review.  IF you were not able to attend, please read and feel free to send an email (denice@stthomascamas.org) with questions or suggestions.

STA - Children Faith Formation handbook.

       

After you have registered for faith formation classes via the link near the top of the main panel on this page, click on the above green button for the option to pay for class materials online.

Full and partial scholarships are available, please contact Denice at denice@stthomascamas.org.

You may also contact the parish office for other options:  office@stthomascamas.org.