Family Faith Formation
Family Catechesis is Faith Formation for the whole family at the same time. Pope Francis is encouraging that parents live out the promise they made at their child’s Baptism and accept the role as primary educator of faith with their children.
Family Catechesis is done by entire families coming together the second Sunday of the month from 10:00-11:30 to share, pray and learn about the faith together.
St. Helen Family Faith Formation is a unique program intended to aid and encourage parents as the primary teachers in faith formation.
In an effort as a parish to assist you in carrying out your responsibilities, our Family Faith Formation program requires the following:
• We will meet on a monthly basis
• Attendance of monthly parent-student classes
• Praying with your children
• Weekly Mass attendance
Family Faith Formation only requires attendance once per month for 9 months during the school year.
• Classes are held on the SECOND Sunday of each month from 10:00-11:30 am.
• Children of all ages must be accompanied by a parent.
• While we recognize that sports help to make our children well-rounded individuals,we ask that parents not allow our children and youth to miss Faith Formation due to sporting activities.
• Parents are encouraged to help at home not only with the memorization but more importantly with the understanding of the content and purpose of the prayers.
• Most important is teaching our children to turn TO GOD in prayer.
• Practice makes permanent!
• It is the understanding of the Catholic Church that ALL Catholics are obligated to attend Sunday Mass & other Holy Days.
Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you…
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, one becomes a “fully initiated” member of the Catholic Church. Ordinarily, the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the Bishop.
• The sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled in the fall of a student’s ninth grade.
• A student must have completed 2 years in the Faith Formation program to be enrolled in the Confirmation class.
• Sessions are held for Confirmation candidates, sponsors and parents prior to the celebration of the sacrament.
• After completing Confirmation preparation, the sacrament will be celebrated, usually in the spring.
• The schedule may vary from year to year.
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
As your child prepares for Reconciliation and Eucharist, take time to reflect on the meaning of the Sacraments in your life and the ways in which your family life reflects their importance.
Students in 3rd grade Faith Formation prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist; provided that it is their second consecutive year of Faith Formation. Celebration of Reconciliation precedes the reception of First Communion, and preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall be distinct from preparation for First Communion.