Wednesday Faith Formation Programs
Serving the faith needs of children and their families from birth through sixth grade.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me” Matthew 19:14.
Preschool through Fifth Grade
Our faith formation curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Faith: Creed, Morals, Sacraments, and Prayer, in alignment with the learning expectations approved by the Archdiocese of Seattle. Catechists help children grow in their faith through approved textbooks, engaging activities, and prayer experiences.
Grade level focuses are as follows:
Preschool-God Made Me & the World
K-God Loves Us
1-Creation, Jesus, and the Church
2-Reconciliation, Eucharist, Mass
3-The Catholic Church
Each class balances information and activities appropriate for each age level to help our parish children learn as much as they can about our Catholic faith while helping them grow in our Catholic community.
Elementary faith formation classes will begin September 22, 2021 and continue most Wednesdays through the month of May. Students will be checked in through the parish breezeway, between the church and school between 6:15pm and 6:30pm with the program director or administrative assistant. A parent or guardian will be required to check the students in and out and answer four COVID-19 related questions. The group will pray together in the church at 6:30pm before students are escorted to their assigned classrooms by their catechist and assistant. Classes will take place until 7:45pm when the students will be returned to the church for dismissal to parents and guardians. Sunday preschool classes will begin on September 26th at 11AM and will continue through the month of May during the 11AM mass. These classes end when mass is over.
Current Safety Protocols (more details can be found in our policy document linked below): Masks are now optional while on parish property including students, volunteers and family members. Classes will be asked to go outside when the weather permits for all or part of their class to provide maximum airflow. When inside classrooms students will be seated at least three feet apart at tables/desks facing the same direction. Class sizes will determine which classrooms will be used, but for this year classes will take place in our larger classrooms in the parish center as well as the parish hall to maintain distancing. Sanitizing of student hands and tables will occur at the beginning and end of each class, as well as needed throughout the time together. No snacks will be eaten on the premises this year for our children's ministry programs.
Monthly Faith Formation Calendar
2021-2022 Registration Information
REGISTRATION OPTIONS: You can register your preschool through fifth grade student for our Wednesday evening classes by downloading the registration packet below. Then print the packet and fill out to return using the same methods as option 1 OR email a copy back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual items from the registration packet are also available below as needed including yearly calendars, policies, and the parent letter.
REGISTRATION FEES: The 2021-2022 registration fee is $40 per student for the Wednesday night program or Sunday morning preschool program for the entire year. If your student is a second year sacrament preparation student you will owe an additional $40 in January for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
PAYMENT OPTION #1-Cash/Check: If you would prefer to pay by cash/check you may do so at the Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30am-3pm, by including the payment with your mailed or dropped off registration, or at our registration event on September 15th from 6:30PM-7PM. Checks should be made to Holy Family Church.
PAYMENT OPTION #2-Onlline Payment: To pay online, please click the button below and pay through OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) using a credit card or bank account.
***Please make sure to choose Children's Ministry Registration when making your payment if you end up on the OSV homepage.***
Vacation Bible School 2021
Vacation Bible School 2022
Save the Date: July 11th-15th 9AM Start Each Day!
Each class chooses a service project to complete during the school year, focusing on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, or providing their time, talent and treasure to our community. Projects have included collecting toys for Children's Hospital, cleaning the entry to our building, making cards for RCIC students, raising money to host and serve a special RCIC dinner for members of our program, Christmas ornament decoration for soldiers, item collection for the Knights of Columbus, and a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
Here's this year's service projects so far:
*5th Grade-Assembling Christmas gift boxes for the parish
*4th Grade-Collecting items and building blessing bags for the homeless in the area and focusing on small acts of kindness in their homes and schools
*3rd Grade-Creating Christmas cards for all recipients of the Giving Tree gifts
*Sacrament Prep-Making Friendship Kits to give to members of the local AA group
*Kindergarten-Collecting pet food for a local animal shelter
* Entire program-collecting non-perishable food donations for St. Vincent de Paul food bank
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
#1: The ordinary age for preparation for First Sacraments is seven years. The child must also be in the second grade or older. Furthermore, a candidate must have either attended Holy Family School or the Holy Family Religious Education Program during first grade (or the year prior). Our sacrament preparation program therefore is a two consecutive year program.
#2: Preparation for First Sacraments must be done in addition to ordinary religious instruction. Children must actively attend either Catholic school, or Holy Family's Parish School of Religion classes. Parents of candidates must apply for First Rite of Reconciliation and First Eucharist for their children separately from registration for Parish School of Religion classes.
#3: In order to receive First Sacraments parents and children MUST attend all required classes and meetings or attend make-up sessions. A Parent Meeting and Eucharist Workshop will take place in preparation for First Holy Communion.
In the second year of first sacrament preparation families will be sent a separate registration form in January to complete and a fee of $40 will be collected. This fee is in addition to the fee collected for Wednesday classes and covers textbooks and workshop materials for sacrament specific events. If you child is in fourth or fifth grade they will also need to attend sacrament classes on Wednesday from December to May from 5:30PM-6:15PM in their second year. More sacrament information can be found here for First Reconcilaition: https://www.holyfamilyauburn.org/reconciliation.html
and here for First Communion: www.holyfamilyauburn.org/holy-communion.html