2018 - 2019 Information by Grade

 Grades 1-5

Family Faith Formation


What is Family Formation? Family Formation is a tried and true Catholic teaching resource developed by regular parents with normal family lives.  The materials are engaging, down-to-earth, and easy to understand.  Family Formation is meant to bring the family together once a week to learn their Faith in joy and with excitement.


Why Family Formation? All parents want the best for their children and families. This includes knowing, loving, and serving God and their neighbor. In our time, parents have too often been left on the sidelines when it comes to the faith formation of their children. But as the Catholic Church teaches, and parents know deep down, “Parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith.” Family Formation makes this possible in a very clear and doable way.

So what does this mean for me and my children? Children and their parents gather together once a month for family Catechesis (Note the children are not dropped off for class on their own). For the rest of the month, a home lesson made up of activities, games and short stories, is completed together as a family. The home materials are the same for all grades so there is no need for separate lessons.

Does this really improve the faith formation of my kids or is this just another program? Family Faith Formation has been in existence for about 30 years – enough time for researchers to gauge the results. The results show an improved level of faith, charity and prayer in those families.

Weekly Family Home Lessons

·       Enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith.

·       Include easy-to-use games, activities, booklets, and audios

·       Take approximately one hour per week to complete. The lessons can be completed on one day or peices of the lesson can be completed over several days.

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The children learn that Jesus is always with us and that He calls us to conversion through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Penance. The children then learn how Jesus gives himself to us through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. In the Sacred Communion we live the experience of our catholic faith.

Our objective is that the children understand Jesus’ love for each of us through the sacraments so they are fully prepared to receive them. We also strive to continue to strengthen our Christ-centered parish community through interactions at small parent dinners and meetings and other family-centered programs.

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GRADE 6  The students will learn about God's covenant with his people. Through the Old Testament biblical stories, the students learn that this covenant is complete and fulfilled in Jesus as God's Son. The culmination of the year is reviewed in an enrichment where the students experience the connection between the covenants of the old and new testament through the Passover. All middle school students will also have the experience of a religious based field trip.

Our objective is that the students are proficient at using the Bible, understand that our faith is biblically based and are engaged in learning about their faith.

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GRADE 7  The students will learn to connect the Paschal Mystery to the Mass, about Christ’s ministry and respect for themselves and others. All middle school students will also have the experience of a religious based field trip.

Our objective is that the students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Mass and grow in their understanding and love for Christ Jesus.

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The students will, through preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, review all they have learned in first through seventh grades. They will deepen their understanding of the Sacraments and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that are open to be received through confirmation. The students and families will be actively involved in many activities designed to deepen their faith life and have a strong sense of community.

Our objective is that the students will have a strong sense of community at Holy Spirit, love for Christ and his Church and are actively participating in the sacramental life of the Church.

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When do children and teens who attend Catholic school start sacramental preparation?

it is important for you and us that you register your children during the normal registration period and before the SEPTEMBER 5th REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

Certain special events are held before the formal sacramental preparation classes. You will want to refer to our full Calendar or the Sacrament Year only Calendars for details about these events, meetings and classes.

Among these events, parents of all students, including those who have students attending Catholic schools are asked to attend one of the sacramental preparation parent dinners held in the rectory during the fall. These are by invitation and so we need your registration in order to invite you.

For our purchasing and planning purposes we need to know as early as possible how many children/teens will be receiving sacraments this year.



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Grades 1-5

Once a month on Sundays
Immediately following 9:30AM Mass
Parents will meet in the Hall while the children attend class and will pick-up their children in the school at 11:30AM
Please remember to sign your child out of class

Grades 6-8

Twice a month on Sundays
Grades 6 & 7 will meet in the school.
Note: Grade 8 meets more often than grades 6 & 7 see calendar for additional dates.
Grade 8 will meet in the white house.
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