Family-Integrated Religious Education (Grades 1-5)
Register for Faith Formation for 2019-2020!
We know summer has just begun, but we invite families to register for the 2019-2020 faith formation year beginning in September. All families with children not attending Catholic schools are encouraged and expected to have their children participate in faith formation, but we also gladly welcome and encourage participation from our Catholic school families also. This upcoming year, we are excited to expand faith formation options for our elementary youth and our high school youth. Stay tuned for more details!
Families who register their children by June 30th may do so at a discounted cost of $80/child. After June 30th, the cost will be $90/child. Register for Faith Formation for 2019-2020 here! Payment may be submitted after July 1st by cash, check, or an online payment through WeShare on the parish website. While we encourage you to register early, please do not submit payment before July 1st as it will be counted towards the 2018-2019 fiscal year. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Peters (Grades 1-5) or Elizabeth Fritsch (Grades 6-12).
We also invite you to stay posted to the various youth and family ministry events happening this summer through the parish Facebook and Instagram pages, the parish website, and the bulletin. You can also receive updates on youth and family ministry activities by texting @sfa-youth to 81010 for text reminders.
Hearts on FIRE Overview:
Students in grades 1-5 attend Family-Integrated Religious Education (Hearts on FIRE) at the SFA Grand site school which provide the basic foundations of our faith. Students will learn what it means to develop a relationship with Jesus, gain a basic understanding of God’s Word in Scripture, and of the Mass. During this time, second-grade students also prepare for their First Reconciliation and Communion. Parents are expected to participate in the monthly family nights.
Monthly Faith Formation Calendar of Programming and Events (Scroll down to see the current month).
Upcoming Opportunity for Elementary Youth: Vacation Bible School ROAR!
Life is wild! God is good! We invite youth going into K-5th grade in the Fall of 2019 to join us for a fun, engaging week of Vacation Bible School, July 29th - August 2nd. Youth will engage in song and dance, discover bible stories in a new way, play games, participate in science experiments, and more - all through the lens of faith! Register today! We also invite middle school and high school youth, young adults, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is interested to serve as our very important Vacation Bible School helpers! If you're interested in helping, click here.
Michelle Peters - Director of Faith Formation
Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist is an important time for children but also for parents to gain a deeper understanding of the Eucharist in their lives. Parents take an active role in preparation for this parish celebration and experience.
Preparation for First Reconciliation takes places in second grade. A progressive understanding of forgiveness is core to the formation program. Parents are involved as an active part of this sacrament.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
The RCIC process invites the following to become members of the Catholic Church:
Children age 7 who are not baptized
Children baptized in another tradition but wish to become Catholic
Children baptized in the Church but have not received Reconciliation or Eucharist and have had no formal instruction