Children's Faith Formation (CFF)

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Faith Formation Program is for all children who attend public school.

We are blessed to have a staff of wonderful, faith-filled catechists who dedicate many hours to sharing their faith and the teaching of the Church with our children.

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: An Introduction for Families

The faith formation program we are using is called the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. This program differs from other programs in several significant ways that make it an effective way to teach your children. We will be using this program along with a one-room schoolhouse approach this year. All grades will gather in the Immaculata for classes. Sacrament grades will break out for sacrament preparation.

 

1.   Liturgical Catechesis

This is a method of instruction that integrates faith formation lessons with the life of the parish community experienced in the Sunday Eucharist. The content of the program flows from the Sunday Gospel and children learn their faith within the rhythms of the liturgical year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time.

2.   Sunday Mass

The Sunday liturgy is the heart of the parish community. We encourage all CFF families to attend the 10:30 am Sunday mass.The weekly celebration is more meaningful to young people because they are familiar with the Gospel proclaimed each week. They have studied it in class and wrestled with its meaning. With this program all students and their families hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They learn the Gospel. They love the Gospel. They live the Gospel in their daily lives. They share the Gospel both in the community of faith and, by their witness and loving service of others, with every person they meet.

3.  Family Involvement

Your whole family can easily share in the learning because all children are studying lessons based on the same Gospel proclaimed in church on Sunday. You can gather all your children at one time to share what they have learned and to talk about it as a family.

4. Unique Materials

Because Pflaum Gospel Weeklies do not use a textbook, they are very appealing to young people and easy to use in class and at home. Each child receives a “catechism handbook” called What the Church Believes. This handbook contains all the doctrinal elements that are considered essential at each grade level. Each week your child will receive a new lesson dated for each Sunday of the liturgical year. These lessons are at the heart of the program and will be used in class and then brought home for you to see and talk about with your children.

5. Five Editions

The Weeklies follow the three cycles of Gospel readings in five editions used to cover all the grade levels.

6. Online Resources

The free resources designed for families include The Gospel At Home, which is a weekly summary of the Sunday Gospel and suggestions for you to use at home. You can sign up to get an email reminder with a link to the resource. There are additional seasonal resources as well. All of these can be found on the Pflaum website.

Your whole family can easily share in the learning because all children are studying lessons based on the same Gospel proclaimed in church on Sunday. You can gather all your children at one time to share what they have learned and to talk about it as a family.

 

Family resources provided by Pflaum Gospel Weeklies can be found at:  

https://www.pflaumweeklies.com/family

We are looking for High School helpers for our Sunday Sessions!

 

For more information call Sidney:

916.482.8883  |  sid@presentationparish.org

 

 

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Sacrament Policy for our 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. There are many wonderful homeschool programs including Catechesis of the Good shepherd. The choice must be a prayerful one made by you parents (primary faith formation teachers) where to have their child catechized. Because we believe formation takes place in the community, in order for a child to celebrate the sacraments at Presentation they must be enrolled in either the school or Sunday School program.

Family Resources

Child & Youth Protection

The Diocese of Sacramento’s programs respond to the U.S. Bishops mandate in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that all dioceses implement safe environment programs. Program content instructs and helps children and their parents with matters of personal safety so that they are confident in self-protection skills and capable of identifying potential harm, avoiding vulnerable situations and communicating effectively. This is to help ensure that our children and young people are able to grow “in age and grace and wisdom” in Christ.

For Children Grades 1st -8th : "Circle of Grace"