Children's Faith Formation

 

Online Registration for 2019-2020
Faith Formation Classes

 

Si necesita asistencia con este formulario, por favor contactar a Denice (denice@stthomascamas.org).

 


Calendar for 2019-2020:
- All dates are Sundays unless another day is indicated
- Classes meet between the Sunday Masses (9:45am - 10:45am)
- Monthly Parent Faith Formation ("Parent FF") sessions meet in the parish hall at the same time


Children’s Faith Formation Opportunities
 

Where: Elementary Faith Formation takes place in the Aquinas Center classrooms across the south parking lot from the Church. Please walk your child all the way to and from the classroom (1) so that they can safely navigate the busy parking lot and (2) so that you can be sure the class is meeting that day.

When: Classes meet between the Sunday morning Masses, from 9:45am to 10:45am. We hope you find this convenient for your family to attend Mass either immediately before or after class. Of course, class is no substitute for Mass. Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion includes additional mid-week evening sessions per sacrament in addition to the grade-specific Sunday morning classes as detailed below. 

What: 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 Sunday School 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.

These are 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 Mass.
  • 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 what God has done for us in Jesus and how we are called to follow him.

Since all parish efforts at children's faith formation support the ongoing formation within each family as a whole, it is necessary that parents (or legal guardians) participate in faith formation as well. Special Parent faith formation (or "Parent FF" or "PFF") sessions will be offered each month as indicated on the below calendar. Parent FF sessions will be held in the parish hall at the same time as the children's classes. At least one parent from each family needs to attend each of the monthly Parent FF sessions. Additional adult faith formation sessions will be offered on most of the other Sunday mornings and all parents are encouraged to participate. 

Children in Pre-K4 through 8th grade can be a part of the traditional classroom model offered on Sunday mornings, 9:45am - 10:45am. They will learn about the Faith from their team of volunteers catechists by exploring the Alive in Christ series, published by Our Sunday Visitor.
 

  • Sacramental Preparation prepares children and teens to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to experience his love, mercy, and presence through the Sacraments.

     - Baptism: For infant baptism preparation (up through 6 years old), contact Allison Johnson (allison@stthomascamas.org). For youths 7 - 17 years, contact Ted Meany (ted@stthomascamas.org) to begin the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) adapted for children. Meeting times dependent upon the number of participants.

     - First Reconciliation: There will be several Thursday evening sessions in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes. We will meet on four Thursday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm) beginning early-October; class dates are Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, & 21. An initial parent orientation interview will be held with each family to review all aspects of the program and a brief parent meeting will be held on Sunday, Sep 15, at 10:15am in the parish hall to distribute books. Eligibility will be confirmed after the interview. The norm is for candidates to be at least 7 years old (typically 2nd Grade) and have completed one year of prior parish faith formation. We will use the Blessed curriculum by Dynamic Catholic.

     - First Holy Communion: There will be four Thursday evening sessions in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes and a Saturday retreat. We will meet on four Thursday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm) beginning in February; class dates are Feb. 6, 20, Mar. 5, & 26. Students and parents will also participate in a special Instructional Mass on Jan. 23 at 6:00pm and a First Holy Communion Retreat on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated during the weekend of May 2-3; date of the rehearsal and group photo will be Thursday, Apr. 30, at 6:30pm. An initial parent orientation interview will be held with each family to review all aspects of the program and a brief parent meeting will be held on Sunday, Sep 15, at 10:15am in the parish hall to distribute books. Eligibility will be confirmed after the interview. The norm is for candidates to be at least 7 years old (typically 2nd Grade) and have completed one year of prior parish faith formation. We will use the Blessed curriculum by Dynamic Catholic.

     - Confirmation: Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am. We will use the Decision Point curriculum by Dynamic Catholic. A weekend retreat will be held Nov. 8-10, 2019. Anticipate Confirmation Mass in late-April or early May 2019. An initial parent orientation interview will be held with each family to review all aspects of the program. Eligibility will be confirmed after the interview.  For 2019-2020, candidates are to be at least in the 9th Grade and have completed one year of prior parish faith formation.
 

 

       

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