Family Faith Formation

 Registration for Family Faith Formation 2017-2018 is now open.  You may register at this link:

Faith Formation Registration 2017-2018

2017-2018 schedule for faith formation

For the 2017-2018 school year we would like to make the following changes.  We will offer two time options for family faith formation.

Families, individuals, and couples without children may sign up to participate either in monthly adult Saturday evening classes that would follow the 4:00 pm Saturday Vigil Mass OR in monthly adult Sunday morning classes that would follow the 9:00 am Sunday Mass.

In both cases, following the Mass, families will meet together for a light meal, then the monthly adult education class will take place in St. Anne’s Hall.  At the same time faith enrichment age groups will be offered downstairs for:

  1. high school students;
  2. Grades 6-8;
  3. Grades 3-5;
  4. PK to 2nd;

It is VERY IMPORTANT for parents to realize that these faith enrichment groups DO NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF THEIR MONTHLY TEACHING of their children.   They will be offered primarily to provide peer group faith sharing.

Since the adult education will be taking place at the community meeting, parents will not need to attend an additional monthly Tuesday night class.

Confirmation students will continue to meet twice a month on Sunday evenings and First Communion students and their families will also have an additional monthly Sunday morning meeting time.  Thank you for your understanding as we try to provide you with the best possible family faith formation program.   God bless you all!

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Family Faith Formation

  1. Is it open to everyone?

Yes, it is open to all registered parishioners.  The family faith formation program is geared to both families and individuals or couples without children. This year adult education sessions will be accompanied by age group faith sharing groups including high school students.  We all belong to one family of faith and have One Father in Heaven.

  1. How much does it cost?

Registration is free.  There is one $60 book fee for the entire family.

  1. How can I register?

Register online at www.hrsl.org    Or if you do not have online access pick up a family faith registration form in the gathering space and mail it with a check for $50 payable to HRSL with a note in memo line indicating “faith formation” to: Sr. Mary Rose; 189 N. Main St.; Rochester, NH 03867.

  1. What program will we be using?

We will be piloting a new four year Sophia Institute Press program based on the four pillars of the Catechism and entitled A Family of Faith. The second pillar of the Catechism is the Sacraments–which will be the 2017-2018 year’s focus.

  1. What benefit will it be to me?

All participants will grow in their knowledge and love of God– Who has loved us with an everlasting love. Families will receive a Parent’s Guide, an Activity Book for each of their K-8 children, sacramental prep books for children in prep years, and a copy of the Gospel Players’ Script Book.  Individual adult participants will also receive Church teachings on the Sacraments and a copy of the Gospel Players’ Script Book.   Family Formation books will be distributed at the first adult education sessions in St. Anne’s Hall in September.

  1. How does it work?

Parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith.  This program aims to equip parents to fulfill this task joyfully and well.  One Tuesday evening per month from 6:00-7:30 pm parents and other interested adults will meet to gain deeper levels of understanding of particular faith topics. Parents will then teach their children these topics.  Later in the month families will meet for 9:00 am Mass on a Sunday morning; Mass will be followed by a family faith formation session which will reinforce the month’s learning.

  1. What if my child is preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion?

Families of children preparing to receive these Sacraments will be invited to join PACT (Preparing and Celebrating Together).  These families will meet together on one additional Sunday each month for 9:00 am Mass followed by sacramental catechesis.

  1. What if my child is preparing to receive Confirmation?

Students in Grades 9 and 10 will meet twice monthly on Sunday evenings for Confirmation classes.  Students will be required to participate in three service activities.  Confirmation students and their parents are encouraged but not required to attend the monthly Sunday morning family formation meetings.  Parents of Confirmation students are also invited to attend the monthly Tuesday night adult meetings.

 

 

Parents are the First and Most Important Teachers

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6
 

In the eyes of the Church, parents are the first and most important teachers of any child.  To that end, the Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC   in “Part Three, Life in Christ” dedicates paragraphs 2221-2233.  As your child’s first and most important teacher a tremendous responsibility is yours.  Here at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Leo Parishes family faith formation is our highest priority.  That is why our parishes offer once a month Tuesday night classes for parents and once a month Sunday morning family formation meetings.

The Catholic faith was left to us by none other than Jesus Himself.  Through family faith formation days as well as adult faith formation we hope that you will come to have a joyful relationship with God that will enrich both you and your children.

The internet offers help for those raising children.  There are some excellent sites which deal with real life issues.  One such site is that of Mark Gregston, founder of Heartlight Ministries, an organization that deals with troubled teens.  Mark runs a blog to address issues.  One recent blog is entitled, “When a Troubled Teen Causes Marital Strife” .  Click here to read the blog and to sign up for the blog.

“Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children”  (CCC 2223).  Here are some Catholic resources that can assist you.

Fathers for Good

Dads.org

CatholicMom.com

Protecting our Teens from Pornography, a presentation by Dr. Peter Kleponis

 

 

 

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