Family Faith Formation

“Family Faith Formation” is a type of Catechesis which engages the whole family - focusing on Christ as the primary teacher (for children AND parents!), honoring parents as the first and most important “matchmakers” between their children and Christ, and offering catechists who support both parents and children in deepening their relationships with Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who calls us each by name.

This model of catechesis replaces the familiar PSR/CCD religious education model of weekly classes for children with a family-centered model involving once-a-month family gatherings at the parish for parents and children together combined with materials for special weekly time set aside in the home for shared prayer, reflection, and discussion among all members of the family.

ANY family is welcome to register for this program – whether you’re expecting your first child or have children in high school, we invite and encourage you to be a part!

The core of our Family Faith Formation (FFF) program will be our meetings, held on the 4th Sunday of each month, after the 11am mass.

Below is a sample agenda for each FFF Meeting:

  • 11:00-12:00 Families attend 11 am mass together

  • 12:00-12:45 Lunch together in the Annex

  • 12:45-1:30 Family Formation (Parents and Children together)

  • 1:30-2:15 Adults and Children split – Adults receive adult formation, children participate in formation appropriate to their age level

  • 2:15-2:30 Families come back together for closing prayer & reflection

In several months of the year, a second, optional, gathering will be offered on the second Sunday of the month after the 11 am mass. These gatherings will often be focused on preparation for a particular liturgical season (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter) – where families engage together in activities, reflections, and practical work aimed at preparing hearts and homes for the celebration of our Church year!

Important Dates

August 28 (after 11 am mass): Family Faith Formation Meet and Greet (for registered families or those considering)

September 11 (after 11 am mass): Parish Family Event (ALL are welcome!) – Families will work together to create and gather articles for a family prayer table! (Materials provided by St. Vincent’s)

 

September 25 (after 10am mass & feast day celebration): Family Faith Formation Meeting

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Begin The Journey

Families with children from birth through high school are welcome and encouraged to be part of Family Faith Formation. Click the button below to complete and submit our online registration form. 

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Volunteer with Children

In order for our Family Faith Formation program to thrive, we need the help of volunteers who are passionate about helping children of all ages encounter Christ and the mysteries of our faith. Click the button below to learn more! 

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Volunteer with Adults

We are seeking individuals who have raised children to serve as mentors and coaches for the parents in our Family Faith Formation program. If you are passionate about your faith and willing to share your wisdom and experience we would love for you to join us! Click the button below to learn more.