Children's Faith Formation

You and your family are invited to join the Saint Anthony community as we continue our journey of faith and discipleship! The CFF 2018-2019 class year kicks off on Sunday, September 9 at the 11:15 a.m. Mass.

An Open House will be held following Mass in the Memorial Center. The Saint Anthony Catholic Faith Formation Program instructs children, preschool age through high school, about God’s Word, His Church, and our responsibilities as Catholic Christians. While the St. Anthony CFF Program teaches prayers, commandments, and the precepts of the Church, it is so much more! The core of the CFF Program is just that: faith formation — fostering and forming a relationship with God.

Saint Anthony Parish Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) 916-392-6362

One hour classes are held weekly Monday -Wednesday. The school year runs September through May. A preschool/kindergarten program for 3-5-year-olds, as well as classes for some out of sequence children are held on Sundays.

Junior High and High School Youth Ministry will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Please feel free to contact the Religious Education Office for further assistance with questions regarding the CFF program and/or to be put on the registration mailing list. We hope you join us!

Class Descriptions:

Preschool/Kindergarten — A PreK-Kindergarten class will be held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Ages 3- through Kindergarten level.

Kindergarten — Calling all kindergarteners!

Beginning Year I — First graders and Second graders under the age of 8 who have had no previous religious instruction.

* Please Note: Consistent class and Sunday Mass attendance is essential for promotion to the next class level!

Beginning Year II — Second graders and Third graders who successfully completed the Beginning Year I program in 2018.

* Please Note:  Consistent class and Sunday Mass attendance is essential for promotion to the next class level!

First Reconciliation / First Holy Eucharist – Third and Fourth graders who successfully completed the Beginning Year II program in 2018  and current Fourth and Fifth Graders who successfully completed the Basic Inquiry Class in 2018

*Please see Requirements for Receiving Sacraments page to understand preparation requirements.

4th, 5th and 6th Grade — Busy families have many time constraints, but please pray about the importance of keeping your child’s religious education a priority. These post-sacrament classes help strengthen their faith journey and encourage them to apply their learning and understanding of the Catholic faith to everyday life. The students understand they are an important part of our faith community as they become involved in projects and events within our parish.

Confirmation Year 1 (2-year program)

Eligible candidates are students in 7th grade or above who have been enrolled in consecutive years of a faith formation program. 

Confirmation Year 2

Students who successfully completed Confirmation Year 1. 

Junior High & High School Youth Ministry

All 7th -12th graders are invited to sign up!. We would love to see the students each and  every week, however, the ministry is designed to accommodate busy teenager schedules.

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (adapted for youth)  (Minimum two-year process)

The RCIA process requires a serious family commitment.  Please call the CFF office for more information. 

Basic Inquiry  (New students!)

  • Children between the grade levels of third and twelfth grade who were baptized as infants and who have had no religious instruction since.   
  • Children between the ages of 8 and 17 who have not been baptized.
  • A parent attends ‘family sessions’ that are held once a month during the regular class time.

RCIA Catechumenate  (Step Two in the RCIA process.

Students who successfully completed the Basic Inquiry class in 2018 and celebrated the Rite of Acceptance.

Class Requirement

Important information on Reception of all Sacraments and Promotion to the next Grade levels

 

For All Sacraments and to successfully complete each level:

ABSENCES FOR THE YEAR MUST NOT EXCEED FOUR

We are entrusted with your children for only one classroom hour per week, and in that hour, we endeavor to teach and prepare them for the reception of a sacrament or promotion to the next grade level. Teachers and assistants are here to begin classes on time and lessons are planned to span the entire hour. Students arriving late to class not only miss important information, but disrupt the teacher and other students. Every effort must be made to 1) have your children here each week, and 2) have your children here on time. More than four (4) absences, including tardies, will hold your child back from promotion or reception of a sacrament.

CHILDREN MUST ATTEND MASS

Parents are the primary teachers and have the ultimate responsibility for passing on the faith to their children. Our faith is centered around one hour of praise and thanksgiving at Mass each week. Everything we talk about in the classroom setting has a direct reference to each Sunday’s Mass. Children who miss Mass are missing out on part of their lesson, and the lesson becomes abstract and obscure. Therefore, please, please assure that your children are being prepared for sacraments and promotion by attending Mass each Sunday.

Based on the above information, the Director of Religious Education, in consultation with the Pastor, will determine if your child is properly prepared to receive a sacrament or promote to the next grade level.

Baptism

Parents of children seven years and younger can arrange baptisms by telephoning the Parish Office at 428-5678.

Children eight years or older can arrange for baptismal preparation by telephoning the Catholic Faith Formation Office at 392-6362. Children eight years or older will receive the Sacrament of Baptism during the Easter Vigil Mass through the initiation rites. During this liturgy, the children will also receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist. Preparation for these sacraments takes a minimum of two years. The Director of Religious Education, in consultation with the Pastor, will determine whether the child is prepared to receive the sacraments.

Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist

Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist are generally celebrated in the third grade. In order to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist, the children must be attending their third consecutive year of classes. They must have successfully completed Beginning Year I and Beginning Year II, and be currently enrolled and regularly attending the Eucharist/Reconciliation class.

Confirmation

Confirmation (2-year program)

  • Students may begin this two-year program in 7th Grade if they have been continuously enrolled in a faith formation program.
  • Candidates must be in 7th grade or above and must have been continuously attending a faith formation program. 
  • Students desiring Confirmation who have not been continuously enrolled in a faith formation program must consult the Director of Religious Education to clarify which class to register for. This may include attending a year of Junior High Youth Ministry, High School Youth Ministry or the Basic Inquiry class, depending upon the age of the student and the number of lapsed CFF years, prior to entering the two-year Confirmation program.

Out of Sequence

  • Children between the ages of 8 and 17 who have been baptized but who have had little or no education of the Catholic Faith enroll in the “Basic Inquiry” Monday evening class.  The family may wish to schedule an appointment with the Director of Religious Education prior to enrollment to discuss the process.  
  • Children between the levels of third and twelfth grade who have been baptized, had previous religious education in the Catholic Faith, but who have not received one or another of their sacraments, are described as “out of sequence”.  Please consult the Director of Religious Education to discuss his/her preparation for the reception of the sacrament.

Rite of Christian Initiation – A serious family commitment.

Children between the ages of 8 and 17 who have not been baptized must enroll in the “initiation process”—RCIA. The family may wish to schedule an appointment with the Director of Religious Education prior to enrollment to discuss the initiation process.

Children between the ages of 8 and 17 who have been baptized but who have had little or no education of the Catholic Faith must also enroll in the “initiation process”—RCIA. The family may wish to schedule an appointment with the Director of Religious Education prior to enrollment to discuss the initiation process.

RCIA Inquiry is for new students. RCIA Catechumenate is for students who celebrated the Rite of Acceptance in June 2015.

Students desiring Confirmation who have not been continuously enrolled in a faith formation program must consult the Director of Religious Education to clarify which class to register for. This may include attending a year of Junior High Youth Ministry, High School Youth Ministry or Basic Inquiry, depending upon the age of the student and number of lapsed CFF years prior to enrolling in the two-year Confirmation Program.

Catholic Faith Formation Class Schedule 2018-2019

SUNDAY
Preschool/Kindergarten 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
RCIA Year II Catechumenate 9:30 a.m.
Start in Mass for Liturgy of the Word / Class session to follow dismissal until 11:05

MONDAY 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Kindergarten
Beginning Year 2 
4th Grade

MONDAY 5:30 -6:30 p.m.

Beginning Year 1
5th Grade
6th Grade 
Basic Inquiry/ RCIA Year 1 
 

TUESDAY 4:00- 5:00 p.m.

Reconciliation/ Eucharist
5th Grade 

TUESDAY 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Beginning Year 1
Beginning Year 2 
Reconciliation/ Eucharist 
4th Grade

WEDNESDAY 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Confirmation Year 1
Confirmation Year 2 

Junior High Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry

 

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Sunday morning at 9:30 Mass

Children’s Liturgy is an opportunity for children, kindergarten through 6th grade, to celebrate Sunday Mass with readings and a homily geared towards their age level.  Children begin Mass with their families, are escorted to the CFF Center following the Opening Prayer, and then return to their families at the offertory.

Children's Choir

You’re invited to join the Children’s Choir!

Children’s Choir is open to K-6th-grade children. Children’s Choir sings on the first and third Sundays of the month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Rehearsals are held in the church from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.