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 20, 2023 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. 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 and children will be picked up from their classrooms.
2023-2024 Registration Information
ONLINE REGISTRATION (Preferred Method): You may complete your registration for your preschool through fifth grade student for Wednesday evening classes by completing the following online registration and choosing a payment option below. ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK:
ALTERNATE REGISTRATION OPTION: PRINTED REGISTRATION: If you are unable to register your child online please contact Lindsay Carter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate registration arrangements. A representative will also be located in the parish breezeway to answer questions after masses on August 26th, 27th, September 9th and 10th after all masses.
2023-2024 Registration Fees
The 2023-2024 registration fee is $50 per student for the Wednesday night program for the entire year. If your student is a second year sacrament preparation student you will owe an additional $40 in December 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, after masses August 27th, September 9th and September 10th, or at our registration event on September 13th from 6:30PM-7PM. Checks should be made to Holy Family Church.
PAYMENT OPTION #2-Onlline Payment: To pay online, please visit pushpay.com/g/holyfamilyauburn and choose "One Time Payment" and "Children's Ministry Registration" as the Fund
Downloadable Information including calendars and policies are available below.
Vacation Bible School 2023
Children's Prayer Book
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 from December to May 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