A FAMILY OF FAITH


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A New Way to Think About Religious Education

Parents are the primary educators of their children.  At St. John's, our hope is to develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.

A Family of Faith was developed by The Sophia Institute and it is the family faith formation program in use at our parish. 

A Family of Faith is designed to take families through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church over the span of 4 years.  Each month will cover a different topic.  Parents will have a meeting on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:45pm where they will learn the two lessons for the month and be empowered with the tools to teach the lessons to their children at home.  Activity books for kids and Parent Guidebooks will be provided to make the lessons more interesting for children and easier for parents.

Each lesson at home should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete.  It is a great way for parents to bond with children teaching them the importance of faith in family life. 

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LESSONS  Year One:  The Creed

  • September: Man's capacity for God

  • October: God comes to meet man

  • November: Man's response to God

  • December: God the Father

  • January: Jesus Christ, Part I

  • February: Jesus Christ, Part II

  • March: The Holy Spirit

  • April: The Holy Catholic Church

  • May: Life Everlasting

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CLASS DATES AND TIMES

A Family of Faith

Adult Meetings for parents and guardians meet the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:45pm.

Community Meetings for both parents and students will meet the last Sunday of each month at 3pm.

Parents can participate in both A Family of Faith and Religious Education or Youth Ministry.  We are working on making arrangements for childcare during parent meetings.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Wednesday, August 29th, 6:15pm - Mass and Parent Meeting (required for both participating in either A Family of Faith and/or RE). Meet for both in the Church

  • Wednesday, September 12th, 6:15pm - Mass and Catechist Orientation. St. John's Hall. This is training for Catechists. Families do not need to attend.

  • Wednesday, September 19th - First day of RE Classes. Meets in St. John's Catholic School.

  • If your child is receiving a sacrament, please turn in or upload copy of baptismal certificate by October 24th.

  • Sponsor and Saint Name Forms are due no later than December 5th.


SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

A Family of Faith is not designed for Sacramental preparation.  For children who will be receiving a Sacrament (2nd Grade - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 3rd Grade - Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion) additional materials and instruction will be required.


FORMATION IN CHRISTIAN CHASTITY

In the Church's desire to help you keep your children safe, the Archdiocese requires that all children and young people participating in religious education in any parish or Catholic school in the Archdiocese, be offered instruction in protecting themselves and communicating potential danger to a parent or other responsible adult.  If you would like to read more or if you would NOT like for your child to participate in the "Formation in Christian Chastity" class on October 3, 2018, please download, sign this form, and bring it with you to R.E.


R.E. PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Registration payments for Formation Programs are due by December 1st unless other arrangements are made with Deacon August Cordova.   Registrations will not be accepted after October 15th  to ensure each student is on track for preparation to receive any sacraments.

There are additional costs after September 1st due to materials and preparation expenses.  However, by registering prior to September 1st, you will enjoy a reduced rate: 

Prior to September 1, 2018:

  • Students receiving Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation, First Communion and/or Confirmation) = $75

  • All other R.E. students = $50

After September 1, 2018:

  • Students receiving Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation, First Communion and/or Confirmation) = $100

  • All other students = $75

If you are unable to pay the entire program cost all at once, please contact Deacon August Cordova at cordoau@saintjohns.net or (970) 635-5818 to make arrangements.

Thank you again for your support of St. John's Religious Formation Programs!


HOW TO REGISTER

RE Classes have started for 2018-2019. Please contact Deacon August Cordova, Director of Religious Education for registration information.  (970) 635-5818 or cordoau@saintjohns.net


Some images and text on this page provided by The Sophia Institute.