Children's Faith Formation (CFF)
”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:13-15)
The Parish Children’s Faith Formation classes(Sunday School) assists parents in handing-on the Catholic faith to their children. Volunteer catechists meet with children in a classroom setting and promote knowledge of our beliefs, full and active participation in the liturgy, moral formation, and prayer life. The classes are for children in grades 1st through 8th who do not attend a Catholic school during the week. The program begins in September and concludes in May. Classes meet weekly on Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:15 am in between the morning Masses. To find out more information please call Sidney at the Faith Formation Office @ 916.482.8883 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms can be found at the bottom of this page!
Fall classes begin on Sunday | September 11 | 2016 | 9:00 am
There will be a Parent Gathering on the south side of the Immaculata at 9:00 am also. See you there!
Presentation Children's Faith Formation Program Overview
The mission of the Children's Faith Formation Program is to facilitate the continuing spiritual growth and faith formation of the children of Presentation Parish so that the kingdom of God may be realized more fully in our world.
Regular Meeting Times:
Sunday mornings 9:00 am - 10:15 am 1st, 2nd,3rd 4th and 5th, meet at the school and 6th - 8th meet in the Immaculata. We ask that you please pick up your children promptly at 10:15 am because the catechists are going to the 10:30 am mass. If your child has not been picked up on time please come to the church vestubule to pick them up. Thank you!
The goals of the program are:
- To develop an awareness of God’s great love, discern it’s meaning in one’s life and respond with gratitude through formal and informal prayer.
- To grow in the Christian values of love, peace, justice, friendship and trust as daily means of enriching personal and communal life.
- To nurture the Sacraments of Initiation and of Reconciliation as a means of personal renewal and identity with the Catholic Church community.
The purpose of Presentation’s Faith Formation Program is to teach children about God’s Word, the Catholic Church and their responsibilities as Catholic Christians. In class, the children will hear about the importance of prayer in their lives. The children will learn that one of the privileges of “being Catholic” is worshipping within the community at Mass. Attending Mass regularly is one of the most important factors in religious education. During this sacred celebration, children put into practice what is taught in class and encouraged and lived at home.
Presentation Faith Formation for children strives to be a “family-centered” program. We partner with parents to nourish and develop children’s faith according to the basic principle defined by the Church: Parents are the primary educators of their children. Our classroom volunteers work to support the efforts of parents, but we assume that parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith, teaching both traditional prayers and the art of prayer, attending Mass every Sunday together as a family, and leading them in living a life a charity. We work with students with learning disabilities and also offer a Special Education class.
Regularly scheduled, weekly religious education classes meet on Sunday mornings from September through May.
- The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist will be received in 2nd grade.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be received in 2nd grade.
- The Sacrament of Confirmation will be received in 8th grade.
Sacrament Policy for parishioner’s children at Presentation.
The policy here for the parish (school included) is that your child must be enrolled with the School and or the Sunday School (CFF – Children’s Faith Formation) classes in order to receive the sacraments at the parish. That said there are many wonderful home school programs including Catechesis of the Good shepherd. The choice must be a prayerful one made by you parents, (the primary faith formation teachers) where to have their child catechized. Because we believe formation takes place in community in order for a child to celebrate the sacraments at Presentation they must be enrolled in either the school or Sunday School Program. See the web site for more information on how to enroll or call 482-8883!
Baptized children who have not received Holy Eucharist and/or Reconciliation may attend special sacrament classes at their grade level. Details on these sacrament classes will be available later in the year.
Pre catechumenate/Inquiry classes are provided for children ages eight through fourteen years. After a few months of study these children are accepted into the Catechumenate with the adults in the Rite of Christian Initiation of adults (R.C.I.A.). During Lent the children, with the adults go through the “Rites of Sending/Election”. Both groups meet at the Cathedral for a special ceremony in the presence of the Bishop. These children and adults are Baptized in the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil, and received into the Church.
First grade classes begin the remote preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation in 2nd grade. Beginning in 3rd and continuing through 8th grade, the children study the Catholic faith, learning more about the sacraments already received, and preparing to be confirmed in the Holy Spirit at Confirmation.
Through out the Religious Education school year there are many opportunities for families to grow in their Catholic faith: Rites of Enrollment for the sacraments, Sunday Masses, Holy days of obligation, parent meetings, Family Reconciliation Services, Advent and Lent activities, service projects, Stations of the Cross, May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother, Corpus Christi procession and many more.