Family Faith Formation
The Family Formation Team consists of Adult Catechists,Youth Catechists, in-class catechist assistants & small group leaders, meal support and behind the scenes workers. Please keep us and the families we serve in your prayers.
Welcome to Family Faith Formation
Our ministry of Catechesis uses resources provided by Loyola Press; including God Made Everything and Finding God series for Levels 1 through 8. God’s Gifts series and Confirmed in the Spirit are used for Sacrament preparation. We also have additional resources for preschoolers; families; and for older children & youth who would like to “catch up” on ”formal” catechesis. In addition to providing printed material; Loyola Press has comprehensive on-line support at www.loyolapress.com.
For Levels 1 to 8:
Catechists teach in a classroom setting throughout the school year. They cover half of the book material in class; with families covering the rest of the material at home. Families are able to complete each lesson, by using the student books and on-line resources.
Class times as per the schedule: Levels 1 to 6 on Sundays from 10am to 11am Levels 7 & 8 on Monday evenings beginning with the 7pm Mass & ends at 9pm.
Family Home Program is available to those who wish to complete most or all chapters at home; joining “in class” gatherings when time permits.
Family Gatherings – children & parents gather with the Catechists to celebrate special seasons. These gatherings consist of an activity for the whole family and include snacks & refreshments.
The preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the Level 3 year. The printed resources for the children are God’s Gift Reconciliation child workbook and My Own Reconciliation Booklet; and for the parents a magazine called Together.
First Holy Communion
The preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion takes place in the Level 4 year. The printed resources for the children are God’s Gift Eucharist child workbook and My Own Mass Booklet; and for the parents a magazine called Together.
Members of the Family Faith Formation team receiving a blessing at Mass on Catechetical Sunday 2019.
For Levels 9 & 10, the Confirmation preparation years.
Confirmation prepares youth to be full active members in the Catholic Faith. This preparation takes place over two years. The first year consists of eight Monday evening gatherings with their peers; choosing a parish ministry; and meeting & sharing with their sponsor. The second year they fully engage in their chosen parish ministry; and attend two Retreats (Wind & Fire Retreat, and Spirit Day).
The printed resources are the student text Confirmed in the Spirit, and the Faith to Faith sponsor magazine. Also available is the Called to Be Catholic student book and Loyola Press on-line resources.
CONFIRMATION, MAY 2022
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – JUNE 2022