Formation is life long. There is no such thing as graduating from learning about the Faith. For this reason, we offer Faith Formation for adults and families rather than simply offering a children’s program.
St. Jane Frances Religious Education FAQs
By being baptized, we have become members of the Church. We no longer belong to ourselves, but to the one who died and rose for us, Jesus Christ. (CCC 1269) Whether we are young, old, single, married, divorced, widowed, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, son, daughter, or clergy—we all play a vital role in the life of our Parish Family.
How does Religious Education classes work?
On a monthly basis, we will gather as a community in the school hall for prayer and snacks (Faith Formation Sundays). On the 1st Sunday, Adults will remain in the hall for enrichment, while children will move to classrooms. Children will break up into age groups where catechists will engage in age appropriate lessons. On the second Sunday, parents can drop off their children at the hall and the children will be led to their classrooms.
How will I know what to do with my family during the rest of the month?
Each family will go home with all the materials needed (aside from basic craft supplies) to continue the faith enrichment process at home. These materials will include outlines of the subject of the week and age appropriate activities for the children.
What if I don’t feel I know enough about my Faith?
ME Time is designed to help you, as the primary educators of your children, in the passing on of the Catholic Faith. Through monthly enrichment sessions, you will be given the tools, confidence, and knowledge needed to work through the subjects that will be covered at home each month. In addition, the Religious Ed coordinator will be available to meet with you and help you through any challenges you may encounter.
Will there be someplace for child under 4 to go?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer childcare at this time. We do have Preschool 4 classes. Your child should be potty- trained before attending classes.
What is the weekly time commitment expected for this program?
While adults may need to set aside some time to preview the material each week, the weekly enrichment sessions are designed to be done in an hour.
I don’t have children to enroll, can I still participate?
Yes! We invite all members of our parish family to attend ME Time sessions to enrich their faith.
What is the time frame for Faith Formation Sundays (1st Sunday of the Month)?
We’ll meet for light snacks and fellowship from 8:10-8:20am. At 8:30am, the kids will move to their classrooms. The speaker for adults will begin at 8:45am. Enrichment time will end at 9:45am, and we’ll go from the hall to the church for 10:00am Mass.
What Happens on the 2nd Sundays?
Doors will open at 8:10am to the hall. The kids will move to their classrooms until 9:45am, when they will be brought back to the hall for dismissal.
Will there be a fee to participate in Religious Education classes?
The fees for grades K–7 are $85 for 1 child and $160 for 2 or more children. This fee will cover snacks, speaker stipends, and teacher & family materials. For adults not enrolling children, but looking for enrichment, a free will offering basket will be available should you wish to help defray costs.
Does this affect Sacramental Preparation?
No. The diocesan guideline is that all children must be enrolled in, and attending, a faith formation program for one year prior to preparing for sacraments. Theref
I want to brush up on my faith, can I attend?
Certainly. All are welcome to attend the 1st Sunday formation.
I am Catholic, but my spouse is not—is this open to all of us?
We absolutely invite and welcome non-Catholic spouses to participate in Faith Formation. This will assist in the understanding of and the handing on of the Catholic Faith to all of our children.
Can families who are not members of our parish participate?
Faith Formation classes will be offered to registered members of our parish. So if you are not registered, please contact Melissa at the Parish office today!
How can I volunteer to help out with the program?
Contact the Religious Ed Office at 410- 255-4646 or to see how you can help. All volunteers must complete diocesan child protection certification.
We are always available to support adults and young people in the development of their faith.
When can I register?
Watch the bulletin, website, and facebook page for dates. Registrations usually begins in May for the following year.
Questions? Please contact:
Director of Youth Ministry/Religious Education
410-255-4646 ext. 1418
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30pm
At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus said:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”