Overview of the Children's Faith Formation Program



Our parishes welcome all children, in Grades Kindergarten through Eight, baptized or not, to participate in CFF.  Classes begin mid-September and end mid-May.  The area of formal learning in faith formation uses two approaches: The Parish Center Approach and Small Faith Groups.  The content of both approaches includes Scripture readings and teachings and experiences of our Catholic identity.  Prayer, ritual, family involvement, and outreach are integral parts of each approach.



Parish Centered Approach (Elementary School Children)

 Grades Kindergarten through Five 

Sunday mornings, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  SPN School

Classes follow the published calendar schedule


Children in Grades Kindergarten through Five meet in multi-age groups at SPN School in a classroom setting.  Children are placed in groups according to their years of formation.  In order to provide a catechesis appropriate to children in elementary school, the CFF uses We Believe Parish Program published by Sadlier Religion.


Kindergarten              Children learn that God gives us many gifts; God is our creator; Jesus shows us God’s love and that Jesus wants us to share in God’s love.


First Year                   Children learn about the Trinity:  God made all of  creation good and God knows us and loves us;   Jesus is God’s son, He is our friend and teacher, and He died and rose from the dead for us; the Spirit is our helper and was sent at Pentecost.  The children learn the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary.


Second Year              Children focus on the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.  The children learn that as a Church, we believe in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that our parish family is called to service and the sacraments.  The children learn the Act of Contrition and Glory Be.


Third Year                 The children’s focus is the Catholic Church and what it means to us.  They learn that Jesus’ mission included teaching and calling  the Apostles to carry on His mission.  The Bible is introduced and the marks of the Church are presented.  The children learn both the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.


Fourth Year               The children’s focus is the Ten Commandments, Virtues, Beatitudes, and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.  The children begin an in-depth study of the Commandments and learn how they can be lived daily.


Fifth Year                    Children review the ministry of Jesus before beginning

an in-depth study of the Sacraments.  They learn how the Seven Sacraments are to be lived in our daily lives.



Small Faith Groups (Middle School Children)

 Grades Six and Seven

Tuesday Evenings, 7:10 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.,  (Rectory Basement)


Classes follow the published calendar schedule


Discovering, Saint Mary’s Press Publications, is the catechetical series used in the middle school program.  The series consists of fourteen six-session mini courses on themes of high interest to young adolescents.  The children examine different life experiences and relate them to Scripture, Church teaching, acts of justice, and liturgical celebration as they continue their growth in faith.  Four different mini courses are offered each year.   


Mini courses offered this year are:

  • Understanding Myself
  • Exploring Israel
  • Meeting Jesus and Being Catholic

 Home Schooling

 Faith happens in families first.  CFF supports parents/guardians who wish to home school their child(ren). 


Elementary School Children


We Believe Home Program Guides are available for purchase to parents/guardians who wish to work with their child(ren) at home using the family book and student text.  This is an alternative program designed so that the parent/guardian teaches only their child(ren) with the guidance of the CFF Coordinator.  Evidence of work must be submitted to the coordinator in order for the child(ren) to be promoted to the next level of instruction.  Families of home-schooled children are encouraged to participate in scheduled prayer services and events planned for the children enrolled in CFF. 


Middle School Children


We are aware that some families may need an alternative to the evening classes offered to their middle school children. 


Discovering student workbooks and catechist guides are available for purchase to parents/guardians who wish to work with their middle school child(ren) at home.  While the middle school mini-course format is designed for young adolescents, it is most fitting for small faith groups and may not be a suitable program for one-to-one instruction.  Options to the Discovering program are available and can be discussed with the CFF coordinator. 

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