What is Faith Formation For Children?
Faith Formation is a Parish program which offers basic religious knowledge and continuing faith formation for children in grades 1 through 8.
The Christian family is ordinarily the first experience of the Christian community and the primary environment for growth in faith; it is the "church of the home". It is through the living witness of parents that children learn about God, love and how to pray.
The children of our faith community are the future of the Catholic faith. It is essential that our children be grounded in the beliefs of our faith. First through family and then through the faith formation program of religious education and spiritual development.
Faith Formation Classes for Children
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church faith formation program provides children with a nurturing, loving and caring environment that allows children to learn about the Catholic faith. The children will learn to develop a relationship with God and establish a loving and friendly relationships with their peers.
St. Elizabeth provides catechesis for children whose regular school curriculum does not include instruction in the Roman Catholic Tradition. At St. Elizabeth the six fundamental tasks of catechesis are implemented: promoting knowledge of the faith; liturgical education and the sacraments; moral formation in Jesus; teaching to pray; education for community life and Catechesis promoting a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful tobe present as Christians in society.
Faith formation classes are offered on Mondays from 3:05 to 5:00 pm. Classes are held at St. Elizabeth Area Catholic School in designated classrooms.
Classes begin in September and continue until mid April. The scheduled date for the first Monday of faith formation will be announced a head of time and as well printed in the church bulletin at least two weeks prior.
Registration materials will be available at church and the church office when the date is announced. There is a $35.00 registration fee. Please call the church office and ask for Dina Territo, Coordinator ofFaith Formation, at 1-989-868-4081, for more information.
Sacramental Preparation Program
The Sacramental preparation program is for all 2nd grade children who will attend Reese Public Schools and St. Elizabeth Area School. This Sacramental Prep program is mandatory for parents/guardians along with their children who will be celebrating the sacraments. Children in 2nd grade will receive instructions to prepare them for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Beginning with the 2016/2017 school year, children must have attended a religious education program or Catholic School the year prior to requesting sacramental preparation. I will be sending out information to all families whose child(ren) are eligible to receive the sacraments. Please call the church office and ask for Dina Territo, Coordinator ofFaith Formation, at 1-989-868-4081, for more information.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Children’s
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is Liturgy of the Word suitably adapted to make it relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. The children are present at the beginning of the Mass and are excused after the gathering hymn. Father will then invite the Catechist and the children to come forward to receive the Lectionary and to leave for the hearing of the word. The children will return to the assembly immediately after the Prayers of the Faithful. The liturgy of the word begins in September and follows the school calendar. No registration is required.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) provides fun filled activities along with a bible lesson. VBS usually begins around the second or third week of July. The dates are announcedand advertised in the church bulletin four to six weeks prior. VBS is a communal program with St. Elizabeth and Christ Lutheran Church. It is a four day event beginning on Monday and finishing up on Thursday with the children’s program and ice cream social. The children do crafts, bible lessons, snacks, outside games (weather permitting), and learn new songs which they share with families at the children’s program on Thursday. Please call Dina Territo, Coordinator ofFaith Formation, at 1-989-868-4081 for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
An Invitation: If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or you want to join the Catholic church, please consider RCIA.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for adults who desire to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The RCIA is the process through which the Catholic Church welcomes new members. The RCIA is a faith journey for adults who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.
RCIA helps adults grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with the faith community and initiates involvement in service with the community as a whole. This process begins in October and culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass with reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.
The RCIA begins the First Monday in October last Monday in April. A complete schedule will be handed out to those joining us in the RCIA program. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, or learn more about the Catholic faith, please call the church office and ask for Dina Territo, Coordinator of Faith Formation, at 1-989-868-4081, for more information.