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Children's Faith Formation Ministries
Out of an abundance of caution, and in compliance with diocesan guidelines related to the pandemic,
Children's Liturgy of the Word
School-Age Faith Formation
Please Note: The Faith Formation Program will be provided by catechists remotely for the entire 2020-2021 year. This will include preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion and Confirmation. The two-year requirement for those sacraments remains in place.
School-age children from First through Eighth grade experience age-appropriate opportunities to learn more about God, to continue to develop a relationship with Jesus and to grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith. The program includes preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), First Communion, and Confirmation. Each year children will discover their faith at a deeper level, as they learn how to live their lives as disciples of Jesus.
As part of the Faith Formation program, all students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade complete The Circle of Grace, a personal safety education program for children enrolled in Catholic Faith Formation classes and Catholic schools. Mandated by the Diocese of Sacramento, the Circle of Grace program helps children and young people to identify early on when they are uncomfortable with a situation and includes ways to seek the help of a trusted adult.
For the baptism of infants and children through First Grade, please refer to the Children’s Baptism tab under Sacraments on the parish web site menu.
First Communion and Reconciliation Preparation
Children who are already baptized normally receive First Communion and Reconciliation (Confession) in Second Grade after a two-year preparation in our parish school or Faith Formation Program. Dates for the celebration of these sacraments, and any additional activities, have not yet been determined.
Children who are baptized and have received First Communion and Reconciliation normally receive Confirmation in the Seventh Grade after a two-year preparation in our parish school or Faith Formation Program. In addition to two years of classroom attendance, Confirmation candidates also participate in a diocesan Confirmation Conference, a parish retreat, and an interview process. Dates for the celebration of Confirmation and any related activities have not yet been determined.
RCIA for Children
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is adapted for school age children and teens over the age of 7 who have missed Sacraments of Initiation. This includes:
This is a two-year process - a year of Inquiry to learn about the Catholic faith followed by a Catechumenate year. Children and teens in this process receive all the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion - at the Easter Vigil on the night before Easter. Contact the Faith Formation Team at DFF@stfrancisparish.com for more information.
Step 1 - Complete the Children's Faith Formation Registration Form
Step 2 - Pay the Fee(s)
Step 3 - Submit baptismal certificate
Step 4 - Confirm registration
You will receive an email confirming registration.