Family Formation equips parents to pass on a well-formed Catholic Faith as they fulfill their role as the primary educators of their children. Children in Kindergarten through Grade 6, and their parents, meet at a church for a teaching once a month on a Wednesday night. At these meetings, parents are provided with weekly Home Lessons (requiring approximately one hour per week) to instruct their children until the next monthly gathering, while their children have a lesson instructed by a Catechist. The Family Formation program follows the three-year liturgical cycle, is driven by Scripture, is doctrinally sound, and references the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
First Sacrament Prep: Second graders prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion during their monthly Family Formation class at church. In addition, materials are provided for parents and children to work on together at home during the month. A special class for them will be held during the regular Family Formation sessions.
7th Grade will be studying the Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition. Based off of St. John Paul the Great’s compelling vision for love and life. It answers the questions teens and pre-teens have about their own bodies, issues on sexual morality, and how they are uniquely created by God for greatness. It is a dynamic faith formation program and goes beyond traditional chastity programs making it all about purpose, meaning, identity, relationships, action, and the way they are called to live their lives.
8th Grade will begin the year studying the Mass with Altaration, a program focused on helping teens understand and appreciate the beauty of the Mass. This study will help them experience the “why” behind the “what” of the Mass and shows it as they have never seen it before. In the second half of the year they will be studying the bible with Encounter: Experiencing God in the Everyday, a Catholic bible study designed specifically for middle school kids. This program’s engaging videos and material with Mark Hart is drawing kids’ hearts and minds into the bible and God.
9th and 10th Grade students will begin preparing for Confirmation with the program Decision Point. This program is designed to help the students fully understand the Sacrament of Confirmation and Catholicism through engaging material.
11th Grade will continue Confirmation preparations with a focus on offering greater explanations about different aspects of our faith and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Along with the class time the Confirmation Candidates have additional preparation for Confirmation following the guidelines given by the St. Cloud Diocese.
Eight-five percent of young Catholics stop practicing their faith within ten years of their Confirmation. although we are very pleased with the curriculum we offer in our parishes, religious education that is rooted in family and home life has the best results!
- Review description of programs above.
- Complete one form below per family or print form.
- Complete the Family Information Section
- Complete the child/student section with each child’s name and information
- Under Catholic Sacraments Received click each checkbox to indicate all sacraments each child has received
- Note: Some children will be registering for more than one program, i.e. Family Formation and Sacramental Preparation
- Click Submit Form
- Turn in your payment to the parish office
*Those volunteering as Catechists do not pay a registration fee*