FAITH FORMATION AND CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE 2019-2020
FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
CONSENT FORM FOR FAITH DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
YOUTH FAITH FORMATION
Our youth faith formation program at Holy Rosary provides opportunities for children and teens to grow in their faith through instruction in Catholic beliefs and traditions, participation in prayer and an understanding of how to live their faith each day.
Formation in the Faith is the best gift we can hand down to our children. At their child’s Baptism, each parent accepts the responsibility of training their child in the practice of the faith. The Church teaches that the parent’s role in the formation of Christian values in their children is irreplaceable. Our program aims to help parents in their responsibility to pass down the teachings of Jesus revealed through His church.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD: AGE 4 THROUGH GRADE 2
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) take place on Sundays during the 9:00 am Mass (fall, winter and spring) and the 10:00 am Mass (summer). After the opening prayer, the priest invites the children to come forward to the center aisle.
The catechist leads the children to the Parish Living Room where they will hear their own Liturgy of the Word proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. Children are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. After the Prayers of the Faithful, all children return to their families for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION: AGE 4 THROUGH GRADE 6
Classes are held weekly on Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Our curriculum gives children a solid foundation of the Catholic faith and provides them with an opportunity to know and love Jesus Christ. Please read on about the materials that we use for the elementary grade levels!
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Allelu! is an early childhood Christ-centered program that uses a variety of teaching methods to engage children and build their faith. Allelu! is a multisensory, so children do not us a textbook. Each week they take home a Child/Parent Activity sheet that are designed like placemats for the dinner table to help reinforce positive family rituals such as eating family meals together and talking to each other.
Grade 2: Blessed: First Reconciliation and First Communion is a sacramental preparation program that uses rich visuals and relatable content to help children develop a personal relationship with God through the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Animated videos compliment this program’s rich Catholic content and guide children in discovering Christ’s love for them in the sacraments.
Grades 1, 3-6: Spirit of Truth is a program that provides interactive lessons using beautiful sacred art reflections, stories of the saints, games, role-plays, and critical thinking questions. Spirit of Truth covers the breadth of the entire Catechism in an age-appropriate way and is designed to help children the Faith and apply it to their own lives.
Grades 7-8 EDGE provides a safe place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. It speaks to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational and spiritual maturation of middle school youth,. It presents Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand. the fall semester will address questions about God and some of the biggest stumbling blocks in believing that God exists. In laying out foundational truths about God, the goal is for middle school youth to come to see that it is reasonable to believe that god exists and that, through family, they can know god and be in a relationship with Him.
Grade 9: YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the body: Identity, Gender, Love, Chasity. The world is a difficult place for teens, and it has become increasingly hard for parents and educators to help teens is discover the truth about their bodies, their sexuality, and their unique call to love. In an age of “selfies” and egocentrism, YOU cuts through the noise to present an authentic view of the human person, how to live in authentic freedom, love and happiness. It presents young people with the extraordinary story of their creation as unrepeatable individuals.
Grades 10-11: CHOSEN: Your Journey Toward Confirmation. The goal of the program is to offer a p0werful, life-changing experience. It is our hope that CHOSEN will not only offer a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith for students, but will win over hearts at this critical time in their lives. The program has been designed to address and answer youths’ fundamental questions about life, and to challenge them to embrace a life of faith. Our world is full of distractions and detours that can easily set a young person on the wrong path. Nothing can take the place of a strong faith in God. It is our faith that gives us our identity and our direction in life.