Parishioners are encouraged to get involved by sharing their gifts with the Children's Faith Formation program and Youth Group. Virtus training, the Diocese’s safe environment program, is mandatory for anyone working with youth.
Children's Faith Formation (Pre-Kindergarten to High School)
What is Children's Faith Formation?
Faith Formation for youth at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, uses the Pflaum Publishing Group Gospel Weeklies program.
The program presents the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church through the liturgical life of the Church. It includes active-learning techniques that allow children to participate, learn, and grow in faith and discipleship. The Gospel Weeklies program engages the whole child - mind, heart, body and soul - uniquely guiding children to practice prayer and reflection, through the exploration of the Sunday Gospel reading. Parents are encouraged to use the family materials available on the program’s website.
High school youth use a variety of religious texts, the Holy Bible, and the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. High school students occasionally attend Adult Formation sessions. Students grow in their knowledge of church history, Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and social justice issues.
Why should your child be in Faith Formation?
Passing on faith to our youth and teaching values that reflect our Catholic beliefs is one of the most important responsibilities of parents and the church community. We believe that faith begins at home and continues to be formed through participation in the sacramental life of the Church, Sunday Worship, service to the parish and the community, and Catholic religious educational opportunities.
Consider the following reasons:
- To explore and celebrate the joys and mysteries of our wonderful Catholic faith
- To participate in sacramental programs (First penance, First Communion, Confirmation)
- To reinforce moral and religious principles that you, the parent, are teaching them
- To help you fulfill your obligation to provide religious training for your children
- To help your children nurture and grow in their faith
- To give them the opportunity to become an active participant in our church community.
When and where?
Sessions begin in September and end the first of May on Sunday mornings following the 9:30 a.m. Mass. We meet from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the O’Reilly Community Room. Regular attendance is encouraged.
To register your child/children or learn more about St. Francis of Assisi’s Faith Formation sessions, contact the parish office.
Changes for 2020-2021 School Year
We are offering both in-person seated and virtual options for your child.
- Pre-K will be doing an at-home only program using a virtual copy of St. Mary’s Press Children’s Bible and Coloring Book.
- Grades 1-6 will be using a new program “Discover—Finding Faith in Life”, which includes online components, worksheets, family activities and is heavily rooted in Sacred Scripture.
- Grade 2 will also participate in a program focused on sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
- Grades 7-12 will participate in Confirmation process. During this formation they will choose their sponsor, attend special sessions, choose a saint, do works of mercy, and participate in a retreat. Students who have been confirmed are encouraged to participate and serve as mentors in the Confirmation class and/or attend Adult Faith Formation classes.
Virtual Classes: Materials will be distribution throughout the school year. Online video conferences will be held periodically with you and your child to discuss progress and you will have the option to send your child to the in-person class at any time.
Seated Classes: Temperature checks will be done upon arrival, with fevers above 100 not be able to attend. Students will need to use hand sanitizer before entering a classroom and will be socially distanced in the classroom or will be required to wear a mask. Teachers will utilize spray disinfectant as needed.
Youth Group (Junior/High School)
We believe that providing an opportunity for our youth to come together in faith, fun, and fellowship is a vital component to parish family life.
Our parish offers a youth program to junior high and high school students with a wide variety of activities and experiences. In addition to monthly meetings, past activities have included bonfires, karaoke, nature hikes, service projects, and a number of other events for our youth.
Additionally, several diocesan events and conferences are promoted.