FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • At what age can my child begin Faith Formation Classes?

    We offer classes for all grade levels from Kindergarten through High School.

  • Does the Kinder class count toward the two year Communion preparation?

    No, the Kinder class is offered for families wishing to provide their children an early, basic foundation of faith formation. It is entirely optional and part of our systematic (grade level) catechesis. It does not count toward the two-year requirement for Communion prep.

  • What days are classes offered?

    Classes continue to be offered on Sunday mornings for KINDER through HIGH SCHOOL though the times have been pushed back ten minutes later (10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.).  We are also advertising classes on Tuesdays afternoons (4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ) for FIRST through FIFTH grades. We hope this might prove more convenient for some families.  We will move ahead with these classes provided enough students sign up.  You must select your preferred session at the time of enrollment.

  • If I have an emergency, can my child “make up” a missed class on the other day of classes?

    Because each of our catechists proceeds through the curriculum at his or her own preferred pace, we cannot guarantee that the same material is always be covered concurrently on any given week. As such, make-ups are NOT allowed on the alternate date of classes.

  • How many absences are permitted?

    We allow a total of 5 absences (both excused and unexcused) in each catechetical year. Though no make-ups are allowed on alternate dates, parents and catechists are encouraged to have regular communication with each other. Students can “catch up” on any material missed at home with parents. The absence will still be recorded, but students will not fall behind.

    For students preparing for a Sacrament, we have scheduled specific days for Sacramental Prep and Activities.  Student my only miss one (1) of these dates (excused or unexcused) to remain on track to receive their Sacrament as planned.

    Excessive absences may result in automatic withdrawal from the program or students may be required to repeat the year of sacramental preparation.

  • When will my child celebrate his/her First Reconciliation (Confession/Penance)?

    We’ve moved First Reconciliation (also know as Confession or Penance) to fall at the end of the first year of preparation for First Communion. The formal two-year preparation for First Communion may begin as early as 1st grade, which means students may receive this Sacrament at the end of their 1st grade year. However, we have students preparing for First Reconciliation in all grade levels. It is never “too late” to prepare for and receive the Sacraments!

  • When will my child celebrate his/her First Holy Communion?

    First Communions are celebrated in the Spring of the second year of formation for students who are in 2nd grade or above. The formal two-year preparation for First Communion may begin as early as 1st grade. However, we have students preparing for First Communion in all grade levels. It is never “too late” to prepare for and receive the Sacraments!

  • After my child receives his/her Communion, do we just wait until 7th grade to return for Confirmation prep?

    As part of our systematic (grade level) catechesis, we offer classes for ALL grade levels from Kinder through High School. Though sadly many of our First Communion students do not return for ongoing faith formation in their post-Communion years, we always encourage families to maintain enrollment in the regular grade level classes after First Communion. The Faith Formation program aims to “fill the gap” of Catholic religion classes that students are not receiving at private-non-Catholic schools or public/charter schools.

  • When will my child celebrate his/her Confirmation?

    Confirmation is celebrated in the Spring of the second catechetical year of formation for students who are in 8th grade or above. The formal two-year preparation for Confirmation may begin as early as 7th grade.

  • My child isn’t Baptized. Can I still enroll him/her in classes?

    Children 6 years old and under may be baptized right away and arrangements can be made at the parish office. Once a child turns 7, the “age of reason,” Baptism cannot be celebrated apart from the other Sacraments of Initiation (Eucharist, Confirmation). As such, non-Baptized children ages 7 and up would prepare to receive all 3 Sacraments together, typically at the Easter Vigil of the third year of faith formation classes.