Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation

REGISTRATION for 2021/22 is now open.

New to Family Faith Formation … click here to see what it’s all about.

For information about our program and polices download our Policy Booklet: Faith Formation Policy

Booklet

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION 2021/2022  ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

When you Register you must pick either Session 1 or Session 2 for families with children in grades 1st thru 6th and for those students still working to eligibility for confirmation prep.  Your family will attend the same session each month.

Confirmation is now a two-year Faith Formation Program.  If your child is eligible to begin preparation for Confirmation, there is only one schedule for 1st-year Confirmation Prep (7th grade and up) which is the same as the Sunday Family Faith Formation Schedule and 2nd-year Confirmation ( 8th grade and up) which meets two Thursdays per month.  Got to the page on Confirmation for more details.

Click here to Register online

or download the Enrollment Form

2021-2022 Family Faith Formation Enrollment Form

PAYMENTS

You ,may make payments online via Our Sunday Visitor Online Pay on this website.  Payments may be made via bank account, Mastercard, or Visa.  To access online pay click –> One Time Online Payment   then under fund select “Generations of Faith”   or you may go to the Home Page, select Online Giving, and then select “Quick Give” and then under fund select “Generations of Faith”

Contact us at (219) 661-0644 ext 102  or email us   holyspiritformation@gmail.com

Children's Liturgy

CHILDRENS LITURGY

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 5 through 5th graders at the 10:00 am Mass.

Children’s Liturgy meets during the months of September through May.

All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, the children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the Parish Life Center.The Catechists lead the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children.

The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.

Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to help these eager youngsters learn the Word of the Lord.

First Reconciliation Preparation

First Reconciliation Preparation

The sacrament of Reconciliation usually takes place during 2nd grade. One year of previous faith formation is required.  It is an important part of who we are as Catholics. It teaches our children about God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. The three Reconciliation workshops are only PART of the requirements to celebrate this wonderful sacrament. Student must also be enrolled in Family Faith Formation and weekly Mass attendance is vital to ensure our commitment as parents is prioritizing our faith first.  Parent/guardian attendance is required for all sessions.

First Reconciliation Prep Dates 2021/22

Saturday, September 18   9-11 am

Saturday, October 16   9-11 am

Saturday, November 20   9-11 am

First Reconciliation Celebration  Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 am

First Eucharist Preparation

First Eucharist

The sacrament of Eucharist usually takes place during 3rd grade. Two years of  previous faith formation is required.  It is the ultimate gift of God’s love. It unites us as Catholics and strengthens us as one body of Christ each time we participate in the celebration. The four Eucharist workshops are only PART of the requirements to celebrate this LIVING sacrament. Student must also be enrolled Family Faith Formation and weekly Mass attendance is vital to ensure our commitment as parents to help guide our children to become strong followers of Christ.  Parent/guardian attendance is required for all sessions.


100% attendance at all Sacramental Workshops is required.

First Eucharist Prep Dates 2021/22

Saturday, January 22   9-11 am

Saturday, February 12   9-11 am

Saturday, March 12         9-11 am

Saturday, April 23         9-11 am

First Eucharist Celebration    Sunday, May 1 at 10 am Mass


Requirements to receive First Eucharist

  1. Baptized in the catholic faith with Baptismal Certificate on file or profession of faith made
  2. Child must celebrate the Sacrament of Penance prior to reception of the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
  3. Regular attendance and participation at the Sunday Mass
  4. Regular attendance and participation in Family Faith Formation
  5. 100% Attendance of First Eucharist Preparation sessions
  6. Completion of First Eucharist Textbook and Family Faith Formation Assignments
  7. The pastor, along with the catechist(s) of the child, are to determine the readiness of the child to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time.

(Taken from http://www.dcgary.org/pdf/sacrament-guidelines.pdf)

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation is now a two-year Faith Formation Program.  If your child is eligible to begin preparation for Confirmation, there is only one schedule for 1st year Confirmation Prep (7th grade and up) which is the same as the Sunday Family Faith Formation Schedule and 2nd year Confirmation (8th grade and up) which meets two Thursdays per month.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated in eighth grade and is an opportunity for candidates to deepen their understanding of their Catholic faith and the mission of Christ.  Attendance at all Confirmation Preparation sessions and weekly Mass attendance is vital to ensure their commitment to prioritize their faith first.  All students in 2nd Year Confirmation Prep must also attend a Confirmation Retreat and participate in a Discipleship Project.

In lieu of attending Generations of Faith sessions, students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will attend Confirmation Preparation Sessions.

Students will use the same textbook for 1st Year and 2nd Year Confirmation Prep.

1ST YEAR CONFIRMATION

  • Student should have celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist and be in 7th Grade or older
  • Student should have had ongoing participation in Faith Formation after the celebrations of Reconciliation and First Eucharist (4th through 6TH grade) and regular Mass attendance.
  • Student MUST maintain 100% attendance at the monthly 1st Year Confirmation Sessions (replaces FAMILY FAITH FORMATION Sessions).

2ND YEAR CONFIRMATION

  • Student should be in 8th Grade or older and completed 1st-year Confirmation.
  • Student should have had ongoing participation in Faith Formation after the celebrations of Reconciliation and First Eucharist (4th through 7th grade) and regular Mass attendance.
  • Student MUST maintain 100% attendance at the bi-monthly Confirmation Sessions (replaces FAMILY FAITH FORMATION Sessions).
  • Participation in Confirmation Retreat, Class Service Project, and 6 hours additional service/involvement in parish activities (Youth Ministry, Altar Server, Children’s Liturgy aide, parish event service opportunities)
  • Student will select a Sponsor who is at least 16 years old; fully initiated into and an active participant of the Catholic Church.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Confirmation Parish Participation Service Hours Form

Sponsor Affidavit Updated May 2018

For Adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact our RCIA Director or click–https://catholicfamilyhs.org/education/rite-of-christian-initiation-rcia/


Requirements to receive Confirmation

1. Baptized in the catholic faith with Baptismal Certificate on file or profession of faith made
2. Candidate is expected to have participated in ongoing Faith Formation since their reception of First Eucharist.
3. Regular attendance and participation in weekly Sunday Liturgy
4. 100% attendance of Confirmation Preparation sessions
5. Completion of the Confirmation text book and any assignments added by the Confirmation Sacrament team.
6. Completion of the Confirmation Discipleship Project
7. Retreat- Every confirmation candidate must attend the Confirmation Retreat
8. One should be in a state of grace, by receiving the Sacrament of Penance before the Sacrament of Confirmation
9. The pastor, along with the catechist(s) of the child, are to determine the readiness of the child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
(Taken from http://www.dcgary.org/pdf/sacrament-guidelines.pdf)

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Report Abuse

If you wish to report an allegation of sexual misconduct, please contact Mrs. Kelly Venegas, SPHR, the Bishop’s Delegate for Sexual Misconduct Cases, at 219-769-9292, ext. 224, (confidential fax 219-769-7597), or email kvenegas@dcgary.org.

Si usted desea informar una alegación de mala conducta sexual, contacta por favor a Sra. Kelly Venegas, SPHR, el Delegado del Obispo para Casos Sexuales de mala conducta, en 219-769-9292, ext. 224, (fax 219-769-7597), o kvenegas@dcgary.org correo electrónico confidencial.