Important Information for Parents in the Faith Formation Program
Registrations for 2018-19 have ended...
The Mandatory Parent Meeting has passed and families that attended have already registered. But don't despair because this is an opportunity to work on faith formation in your home as we are called to do as parents. Parents are the primary educators of the faith first! Here are a couple resources to bring into your home to give your child the foundations they need before they enter into Faith Formation
1. https://www.mycatholicfaithdelivered.com/ This website has grade by grade in an online format. It also has Theology of the Body for Junior High and High School and a Scripture series and more for teens.
2. https://formed.org/ passcode MGYTQD This is a FREE parish sponsored website with movies, e-books, current topics addressed and programs on the Sacraments and living the faith. Our faith is lifelong, living as a Catholic is a Way of Life!
Faith Formation Registration
Registration Information for 2018-19
There are a few steps to registration this year.
- Come to the pre-registration parent meetings. Choose one to attend. May 20th at 3:30 pm or May 24th at 6 pm in the Parish Gym. (if you are unable to attend any of these meetings, please call the office and leave a message. You may also email a message informing us you will not be able to attend. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Make an appointment to come in to register. You will have the opportunity to make a registration appointment at the end of the pre-registration parent meeting, but you can also call the office or email us to schedule you in.
- Come to your appointment. Make sure you bring all documentation needed. If there is something missing, the application will be considered incomplete until all documentation is brought in. (If you have already turned in your documentation in the prior year, it should be on file and there is no need to bring it again.) You have until July 13, 2018 to turn in documentation.
- If you are on the waiting list, we will be contacting you on the week of July 15 to let you know if we have space for your child.
If you have missed attending these meetings you may call the office at 530-673-1573 and leave your information. We will place you on our waiting list and will call you as soon as we see we have space for your family.
Calendars will come out in the first week of August 2018. Classes begin in mid-September. Please be alert to mass announcements, read our bulletin or look at our web-page for more information.
The Duties of Parents
"Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human society. Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith ...with the life of the Church. Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.
The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents."
from The Duties of Parents CCC 2221-2227
What is Faith Formation?
Becoming Catholic is one of the life’s most profound and joyous experiences.
Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults.
We believe that growth in faith is a lifelong journey, undertaken in a community and guided by the Spirit. Most of us use words like Religious Education, CCD or Catechism classes to describe Faith Formation and often only think of Faith Formation in terms of children’s religious education and sacramental preparation.
However, our Catholic Faith Formation is more than children’s religious education. And it is more than just the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation). It includes all aspects of our growth in faith, from parent baptismal preparation through adult education and Scripture Study.
We also believe that the family is the primary community in which faith is shared and nurtured. Thus the entire Church community, beginning at the parish level, puts itself at the service of the family to help form Catholics.
Our growth in faith is not exclusively about gaining knowledge about our doctrine and faith traditions; it is also about our being formed in Christ. Therefore, we continue to focus on “total parish catechesis” (faith formation), which is intended to support the family and this parish community