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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 2016-2017 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
Little Lambs Ministry
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
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
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
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 email@example.com or at the Faith Formation Teen Group web page.
Sacramental Preparation Ministry
Children seeking to celebrate a sacrament must:
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:
CIC Ministry (Christian Initiation of Children)
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
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.
2016-2017 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
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 the Director of Faith Formation at ShariR@stfrancisparish.com for information regarding tuition help through scholarship.
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.
2016-2017 Children's Faith Formation Calendars
Children's Faith Formation Documents
Photo Policy and Circle of Grace Curriculum
Below are the links to the documents referenced on the registration form.