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Children's Faith Formation

Outreach

 

All are Invited!

If your child(ren) celebrated a sacrament last year ...

We would like to invite them to return this year to continue forming the faith they committed to in celebrating those sacraments. After celebrating the sacraments of Eucharist, reconciliation, and confirmation, there is still so much more to discover and we would like to invite your child(ren) back to continue that journey with their peers.

If your child(ren) have previously been a part of the Faith Formation community ...

We would like to welcome them back for another year on their road to discipleship. Whether your child(ren) are seeking to celebrate a sacrament this year or to continue their journey after celebrating a sacrament, we want them to be a part of our community.

If your child(ren) are just beginning the journey ...

We are excited to walk with them as they start forming their faith lives. If they are seeking to celebrate sacraments, this is the right place to start. If they are seeking nothing more than to explore the faith, enrollment in Children's Faith Formation is the right place to start! We cannot wait to welcome them into our community of young disciples.

Children's Faith Formation Ministries

All children of St. Francis of Assisi parish and St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School are welcome to participate in our 2017-2018 Children's Faith Formation program. Take a look at the ministries listed below and register soon! Just click on the registration link below the ministry information.

Once your child(ren)'s registration is complete and reviewed, your child(ren) will be assigned a class. Rosters and classroom assignments will be distributed once registrations have ended.

If your child(ren) have special faith formation needs, please contact the Director of Faith Formation ShariR@stfrancisparish.com to ensure that those needs are met. All families and children are welcome to participate in faith formation at St. Francis, so please do not hesitate to contact the director with questions, concerns, or hopes for your child(ren)'s faith formation.

Little Lambs Ministry

Age:
walking age - kindergarten
Time: Sundays, during 9:30 am Mass
Dates: See the Children's Faith Formation Calendar (coming later this summer)

Little Lambs includes Nursery as well as Kindergarten and Preschool classes. There is singing and playtime for our youngest Little Lambs, and a faith formation curriculum for our older Little Lambs. A registration form must be completed for enrollment in Little Lambs.

Elementary Faith Formation Ministry

Age: 1st — 5th Grades
Time: Sundays, 11:00 am — 11:55 am
Dates: See the Children's Faith Formation Calendar (coming later this summer)

All children in 1st — 5th grades who are at any stage of their faith formation journey are welcome to join our Elementary Faith Formation Ministry. Each year they will discover their faith at another level, as they learn how they will live their lives in discipleship.

All children in 1st — 5th grades who are joining faith formation for the first time will be enrolled in Elementary Faith Formation.

After completing one year of Elementary Faith Formation, children desiring to celebrate a sacrament will be placed in a Sacramental Preparation Ministry in accordance with their age and desired sacramental celebration.

Middle School Faith Formation Ministry

Age:
6th — 8th Grades
Time: Sundays, 11:00 am — 11:55 am
Dates: See the Children's Faith Formation Calendar (coming later this summer)

All children in 6th — 8th grades who are at any stage of their faith formation journey are welcome to join our Middle School Faith Formation Ministry. Each year they will discover their faith at another level, as they learn how they will live their lives of discipleship.

All students in 6th — 8th grades who are joining faith formation for the first time will be enrolled in Middle School Faith Formation.

After completing one year of Middle School Faith Formation, children desiring to celebrate a sacrament will be placed in a Sacramental Preparation Ministry in accordance with their age and desired sacramental celebration.

High School Ministry

Age:
9th — 12th Grades
Time: Sundays, 11:00 am & 11:55 am, | 1st — 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm | Special Events
Dates: Contact Youth Coordinator for dates and details

All children in 9th — 12th grades are invited to join the St. Francis High School Ministry. There are faith formation opportunities, community service events, and social outings. From learning about prayer as young Franciscans, to trips to Disneyland, this ministry is a great opportunity for any high school students to form fellowship and faith.

All high school students wishing to participate in the High School Ministry must register for Children's Faith Formation. More details regarding the ministry and the annual calendar are available from our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Traci Bean, at stfrancisteens@stfrancisparish.com or at the Faith Formation Teen Group web page.

Sacramental Preparation Ministry

Age:
2nd — 12th Grades
Time: Sundays 11:00 am — 11:55 am (Exception: 1st Reconciliation classes end at 12:15 pm.)
Dates: See appropriate sacrament calendars (coming later this summer)

Children seeking to celebrate a sacrament must:

  • Be baptized and provide proof of baptism at time of registration.

  • Be currently enrolled in and have attended faith formation for at least one year, either at:

    • St. Francis Elementary School

    • St. Francis Children's Faith Formation Program

    • Or another parish's or school's faith formation program.

  • Pay a sacramental preparation fee of $45 per child/per sacrament.

  • All children enrolled in St. Francis' Children's Faith Formation classes will leave their regular class to attend the sacramental preparation class on dates indicated on the sacramental calendar.

  • All students enrolled at St. Francis Elementary school attend classes only on dates indicated on the sacramental calendar.

Eligibility for celebrating sacraments is generally determined by the grade, prior faith formation, and sacramental history of the child. However, if you or your family have other needs, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Faith Formation ShariR@stfrancisparish.com to discuss your family's faith formation needs. The earliest grade during which children may celebrate sacraments:

1st Eucharist:
2nd Grade
1st Reconciliation: 4th Grade
Confirmation: 7th Grade

CIC Ministry (Christian Initiation of Children)

Age:
7 years — 18 years
Times: Varies
Dates: 2017-2018 CIC Year 1 Calendar (coming later this summer)

CIC is a faith formation opportunity for all children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized, or for older children who were baptized but have not had any faith formation, and are seeking to celebrate the sacraments of initiation: baptism, Eucharist, confirmation. Through this ministry, children are given a year of inquiry to learn about their Catholic faith, followed by a catechumenate year, during which they celebrate the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist, reconciliation, and confirmation. For more information regarding CIC click here

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Age:
Kindergarten — 4th Grades
Time: During 9:30 am Mass
Dates: See the Children's Liturgy of the Word Calendar (coming later this summer)

Children's Liturgy of the Word is a ministry that presents the Sunday Scripture readings, the Word of God, to school-age children in terms they can understand. It is a ritual prayer service that parallels the Liturgy of the Word in the main church. Children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer of the Mass and return to the church following the Creed. Trained adult leaders escort the children to the Parish Center Chapel and back to the church. Older children can participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word as lectors or as choir members. Children do not have to be registered and there is no cost to participate. Parents are wlcome to accompany their children.

2017-2018 Children's Faith Formation Registration

Here are the steps to register your child for this year's Children's Faith Formation. Please note that until all steps are completed in full, your child will not be enrolled in a class

Step 1
Complete the Children's Faith Formation Registration Form.

Step 2
Pay your child's tuition through the payment page below. Tuition rates are as follows:

  • One child - $65
  • Two children - $105
  • Three or more children - $155
  • Sacrament fee per child/per sacrament - $45

Children's Faith Formation Tuition Payments (coming later this summer)

If tuition is a financial burden on your family, please do not allow the tuition payments to be an obstacle to your family's faith formation. Scholarships are available. Please contact Shari, our Director of Faith Formation, at ShariR@stfrancisparish.com for information regarding tuition help through scholarship.

Step 3
Submit a copy of your child(ren)'s baptismal certificate. Simply scan a copy of the certificate and email it to ShariR@stfrancisparish.com or mail a copy to the Parish Center at 1066 26th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Please note that a baptismal certificate copy for each child must be submitted even if this is their first year of faith formation. If your child has not been baptized then a certificate is obviously not necessary.

*Children will not be enrolled in a class until their baptismal certificates have been received.

Step 4
Once registrations have ended you will receive an email with the complete class roster for the year. Please verify your child(ren) are enrolled in a class and see the coordinating calendars, listed below, for your child(ren)'s class dates and times.

2017-2018 Children's Faith Formation Calendars

• (coming later this summer)

Children's Faith Formation Documents

• (coming later this summer)

Photo Policy and Circle of Grace Curriculum

Below are the links to the documents referenced on the registration form.

Photo Policy

Circle of Grace Curriculum and Lesson Outline