Faith Formation

Saint Francis Faith Formation

“The mission of the Faith Formation program at St. Francis of Assisi Church is first to help parents to fulfill the promises they made at their children´s baptism by being the primary and best catechists in their children´s lives. We further serve all who seek to deepen their relationship with and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the teachings of his church.”

As we face the challenges of an ever changing world, the Faith Formation Ministry strives to build community in our hearts by sharing our faith, strengthening family bonds and promoting social justice. We actively live in peace as we: celebrate our faith through worship and sacramental preparation, provide formation for children and families and share our gifts through giving public witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Faith Formation Registration deadline for the 2017-2018 year is June 15. Read through the Handbook, sign the Parent Agreement and return the form with your registration. Please keep in mind, full payment is due when you register. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your children for another wonderful year of growing in our faith!”

Handbook link

Registration link

2017-2018 Pre-k-2 Calendar link

2017-2018 3-7 Calendar link

2017-2018 8-12 Calendar link

Kindergarten

These early years are so important, as the foundation is being built for the child’s future faith life. Joining together with their peers, the children will be immersed in their Catholic faith through an interactive curriculum which introduces them to the essential faith concepts and God’s mighty love. Lessons are presented through stories, music, games, activities and crafts.

Grades 1 and 2
These two years are required by the Diocese of Atlanta as part of the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  At this link, you can find more information for parents preparing their children for the sacraments. http://www.archatl.com/ministries-services/religious-education/sacramental-preparation/

The nurturing of a child’s faith takes place within the family.  As the parents are the primary faith educator, during these early sacramental years, it is our goal to enhance the child’s learning by introducing the children to traditional Catholic prayer and worship. These years help to build the foundation which will allow the children to embrace and grow in the love of God, as they journey toward receiving the sacraments in second grade. We encourage you to attend Mass with your child and allow them to see your participation in the sacraments as much as possible.

Grades 3, 4 and 5
During the later elementary grades, your child will be taught how to build upon their Catholic faith and you, as the parent/guardian, are a partner in this process. Your child will learn how we worship and how we can live our beliefs in everyday life. We will build upon prayer and emphasize the Ten Commandments, Sacraments, and the Stations of the Cross. Each chapter of your child’s Faith First book has features that direct learning, develop religious literacy, reinforce content, and encourage integration of faith and life. We encourage you to aid in this process by praying as a family at home, attending Mass and Faith Formation classes.

Book series: “Finding God”, Loyola Press. A Jesuit Ministry www.loyolapress.com

Middle School & High School Programs

Our youth program provides a safe, fun place for our teens to find Catholic community, find answer to difficult questions and, most importantly, experience Jesus in a relational way. Each class we spend time together in prayer before our Lord in Adoration, reminding ourselves it is Christ who comes first in all things. Then, we break into class sessions and group discussions covering topics such as morality, scripture, Catholic tradition and Christian service.

It is our goal that our Eucharist-centered program will strengthens our teen’s Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and His Church.

Confirmation Preparation

Our Confirmation preparation program is three consecutive years. The first year, also called the Foundational Year, typically begins in 8th grade and marks the start of this journey for our teens. In addition to their class time, teens have the opportunity to serve their communities, family and parish through various projects and programs.

The Second Year, or Preparatory Year, invites the teen to go deeper in their sacramental preparation and relationship with Christ. Typically completed during the teens 9th grade of school, this is the year that a Confirmation sponsor and saint is chosen in addition to the requirements outlined during the Foundational Year.

Finally, the Third Year, or Confirmed Year, the student takes an in-depth look at Catholicism and what the Holy Spirit has in store for them through this sacrament. Students go through the Decision Point program with several goals in mind:
1. To prepare for Confirmation by presenting the genius of Catholicism in a compelling way
2. To demonstrate the relevance of Catholicism in every aspect of life
3. To develop a personal relationship with Jesus
4. To learn that no matter what happens, we should always give God and the Church a central place in our lives

For a complete outline of our 3 year Confirmation program, please see the Confirmation Guidebook link below:

Confirmation Guidebook

 

HOME SCHOOL

St. Francis of Assisi offers families the opportunity to teach their children faith formation in the home rather than at church. We recognize that parents are the primary educators for their children and have the first obligation to instruct their children in the faith.  Under special circumstances, some families find that home education is more conducive to their child’s education.

To participate in our home school program, families must be registered parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi.

Home school options are offered for grades 1 through 8. Registration for this program includes materials from the Finding God curriculum published by Loyola Press. The requirements for participation in this program include completing the Home school Record Form. There may also be a comprehensive oral exam with the Director or Associate Director at the end of the school year to review content and knowledge of prayers.

While a home school option is offered for grade school catechesis, students are required to participate in parish sacramental and formation retreats as part of the program.

Home school students must attend weekly mass and report to the Faith Formation Office quarterly to review progress.

For questions and registration, please contact the Faith Formation Office 770-382-4549 ext.16 or email apaniagua@stfac.org

Home School Record Keeping Form

 

Photos of Youth Activities:

Faith Formation Gallery

 

Volunteers

The success of our programs is possible only because of volunteers. We would appreciate your help in any of the areas above.

If you are interested in serving the youth of the parish by drawing them loser to Christ but are struggling with the time commitment that is required to be a catechists, we would still love to welcome your help!
Come join us with a flexible schedule as a substitute teacher! If you are available to help us out, contact Amy Toft at atoft@stfac.org for more details.

All adults (18 or over) are required to attend Protecting God’s Children Workshop and complete all Diocesan legal requirements. High school volunteers are required to complete the Volunteer Profile form.

http://www.archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment/volunteers/

Forms for Minors:

These forms are to be filled out each year for ages 14-17. Both forms need to be filled out and signed prior to turning in to our Faith Formation Department.

Volunteer Application-Minors

School Reference Form-Minors

 

GUARDIAN ANGELS PROGRAM 

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2016-2017 Guardian Angels Pre-k through 5th English registration forms

Guardian Angels photos.

Guardian Angel’s calendar download

“Let the Spirit of Light Dance in your darkness”

We have three wonderful websites where you can gather more helpful information and tips.

1. Inclusion in Worship www.pathways.org. Tools to welcome worshipers of all abilities.

2. National Catholic Partnership on Disability. www.ncpd.org

3. Pinterest. Guardian Angels Board

 

RCIA/RICA

Do you…

have an interest in becoming Catholic or know someone who would like to become Catholic?

Were you…

baptized Catholic as a child, but have not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

We welcome you to join us and take the opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our Catholic faith. Each session will focus on the teachings, traditions and experiences of the Church in order to prepare you to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist during the Easter season. Sessions meet weekly beginning September 13. During this time, you will be welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm, accepting environment. If interested, please contact Amy Toft at atoft@stfac.org or 770-382-4549 x 20 or speak with Maria after mass.

 

For more information please contact
Amy Toft: Director of Faith Formation at 770-382-4549 ext. 20 or e-mail atoft@stfac.org
Amparo Paniagua: Faith Formation at 770-382-4549 ext. 16 or e-mail apaniagua@stfac.org
Michael Pabst: Youth Minister at 770-382-4549 ext. 17 or e-mail mpabst@stfac.org

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