FAITH FORMATION FAQs

Why are there fees?

Like any decent education, it comes with operating costs. However, all tuition is an investment in the spiritual formation of your child and goes directly back into that mission of introducing them to God and instructing them in the faith. So tuition goes towards the classical classroom necessities of books, room supplies, media, transportation, healthy snacks, sacramental gifts, and professional retreats. Our tuition strives to be fairly priced and affordable to all but anyone with genuine financial need is encouraged to contact any one of us and we will help! Remember that anyone who wishes to teach or hold bus signs or another essential volunteer role are eligible for full tuition waivers!

What about Faith Formation for adults?

We are so glad you asked!  Starting in late summer, we will be offering opportunities for adults of any age to develop and nourish their spiritual lives.  We are aware that adults have felt neglected in the past, and we are here to address the fact that adults are just as valuable as children in our department.  A variety of options for hospitality, fellowship, education that meets you where you are, and spiritual formation will be offered, and we pray that you take full advantage of these!

Why are Pre-K through Confirmation classes for both St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary only being hosted at St. Mary this year?

When I first arrived here, I met with fellow Directors and Coordinators of Faith Formation and was shocked to learn that some of them do not even have formal classrooms, but when they teach they tape poster paper to a random wall and cart around supplies in suitcases. Here at our parishes, we are very blessed to have a bounty of classrooms at St. Mary that are devoted to the very purpose of faith formation for children. They are usually only utilized once or twice a week for classes, and we must honor the gift we already have of such beautiful space. The new parish center at St. Francis Xavier is the future site of the Atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which will be devoted to ages 3-6 and expand the ages that we currently serve. This is a good thing! The new school at Notre Dame can be utilized for adult faith formation, youth ministry, special events, and a bevy of other options for our parishes!

What is Pre-Confirmation?

For those who do not attend Catholic school, in order to avoid the pause in faith formation and the subsequent consequences of that at a fragile age for lack of connection to Catholicism and Church, it’s essential to offer a special course where youth preparing for Confirmation can enter into a deeper and clearer understanding of themselves and the sacramental life. Students who attend any school are most welcome, but may this be an essential blessing for those young disciples who do not receive a theology course in their daily education. No person is better for attending either private or public school and it must be pointed out that every child is welcome here no matter where they are in their spiritual development.

What if my child has been out of Faith Formation for awhile or is in need of sacraments like Baptism, First Communion or First Reconciliation and they’re older?

Please contact us and we can help! Bless any parent or family who realizes the importance of the sacraments or catechesis for their child. We are always happy to help customize an approach for every family, do not pass judgment on anyone, and are blessed to be able to honor your desire to raise your children as sons and daughters of God.

How do I become a catechist?

One of the first questions I ask anyone discerning this ministry is: do you want to learn more about God? If the answer is yes, I highly recommend considering teaching. Even if you do not feel satisfied in your own practice of Catholicism or doubt your worthiness for such a role, learning in order to teach and experiencing how childlike minds perceive and understand God has a mysterious way of bringing you deeply into an understanding of the nature of God and humankind alike. If you so desire such an activation of faith as you seek God in your own life, I highly encourage you to contact us now!
 
~ Theodosia Orlando, Director of Faith Formation
   

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