A FAMILY OF FAITH
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.
LESSONS Year One: The Sacraments
September: The Role of Parents in Education
October: What Is a Sacrament?
November: Sacraments of Initiation
January: The Eucharist, The Mass
February: Sacraments of Healing
March: Anointing of the Sick
April: Holy Orders & Holy Matrimony
May: Sacraments Jeopardy
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.
We are working on making arrangements for childcare during parent meetings.
Wednesday, August 28th, 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 4, 6:30pm - First Family of Faith Parent Meeting
If your child is receiving a sacrament, please turn in a copy of baptismal certificate upon registering.
First Reconciliation - Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00am in the church.
Confirmation/Communion Celebration - Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11:00am in the church.
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.
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, 2019:
Students receiving Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation, First Communion and/or Confirmation) = $75
All other R.E. students = $50
After September 1, 2019:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 635-5818 to make arrangements.
Thank you again for your support of St. John's Religious Formation Programs!
HOW TO REGISTER
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