Faith Formation

 

 

 


 


To Register for 1st Communion the following criterion must be met:

  • The child has been baptized in the Catholic Church,
  • The child is in second grade or higher,
  • The child has participated in at least two years of religious education in either a parish or Catholic school program.
  • The child’s family is registered at St. Vincent de Paul parish.

When is the Orientation Session for the Parents?

Parents must attend the orientation session in November. A definite date will be provided on the first day of class.  Check the bulletin and website for more information.  At this session, parents will be given an overview of the Sacramental Preparation Program and a review of the requirements, as well as a chance to ask any and all questions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Curriculum by Year

  1. Introduction to God, the life of Jesus, and prayer, with a special emphasis on growing to know, love, and trust God.
  2. Immediate preparation for the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. Emphasizes God’s mercy and love by covering creation, commandments, and redemption.
  3. God’s plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to Pentecost and the Church.  Expands on the importance of Confession, Communion, and Mass.
  4. Cont. God’s plan to save us from sin (salvation history), our participation in God’s plan through His Word, Law, and Church. Help students understand their purpose in life, and how God helps lead us all to Heaven, our true, eternal home.
  5. Thoroughly studies the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on the prophets and prayers of the Church.
  6. Growing in holiness by following the law of God, focusing on the Ten Commandments. Teaches about God’s law and His gifts of grace to help us fulfill His law. Emphasizes the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass. 
  7. Emphasizes the transmission of sanctifying grace through all the sacraments. Studies God’s revelation of Himself through the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church. Students learn that sacraments are indispensable to a full Christian life, and how grace works in our soul and how to grow in virtue. 
  8. Explains the history and structure of the Church—its founding by Christ, its birth in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the Church, and the saints. Explains the Magisterium, the role of the clergy, the religious, laity, and our own vocations. 

The textbook will be assigned to your child on the first day of class but it must be returned at the end of the year to be used for next year.  This will help us keep the cost of the program down.  The activity workbook is for your child to keep.  Please make sure that your child does all the assigned work before each class and brings his/her books to class each week.  All homework will be checked in class for completeness by the catechist’s assistant.


  Let the children come to me and do not prevent        them" Luke 18:16

The purpose of the Faith Formation office is to assist parents in their responsibility to educate their children in the Catholic faith. The parish will do so by providing formal classroom instruction in the ways of the Catholic faith using the Faith and Life Curriculum for children grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.  We will also develop a curriculum for parents to help them with this important job.  More information about materials and requirements can be found here.

The Role of Parents

The Catholic Church considers the parents to be the chief catechists for their children:

“Parents above others are obliged to form their children by word and example in faith and in the practice of Christian life; sponsors and those who take the place of parents are bound by an equal obligation.”  Code of Canon Law 774-2

Excerpt from the Rite of Baptism of an Infant. When your child was baptized you took upon yourself the responsibility of teaching them to love and practice the faith.  

Priest or Deacon: "You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the Faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"

Parents:  "We do."

We can never replace the Parents in the carrying out of their responsibility. It is essential to the child's growth and development in the Catholic faith, that the Parents live the life of faith in the home. The effectiveness of the catechetical process radically depends upon this. For example, the children learn in their religious education classes that celebrating the Eucharist on Sunday with the faith community (that is the local parish) is essential to being Catholic.  When parents "sleep in" instead of attending Mass, their actions speak louder than their words. The values of Parents become the values of the child/ren. The child/ren are then receiving a "mixed message" and statistics demonstrate that it is the Parents' beliefs they will absorb and follow.

Key Points:

  1. Parents are the primary catechists of their children. Children will listen to and imitate their parents. At their baptism, parents made a commitment to God to teach their children the faith.

  2. Home is where the faith is lived out.  Those living the Gospel message at home (the domestic church) will grow in holiness. 

  3. Children need religious instruction from Kindergarten through High School.  Children will not understand and be open to the grace of the Sacraments if they do not learn their faith.

  4. Mass attendance is mandatory for all children in Faith Formation. Children’s understanding of the material taught in class is directly linked to Mass attendance.  They will also be taught of the grave sin of not attending Mass every week.

  5. There is no spiritual growth without prayer. Children will be expected to learn applicable prayers in Appendix A. 

  6. Children in Faith Formation must: Attend all classes and complete all assignments.

For more information about our materials and requirements Click Here.

 

 

Programs

Registration

Only families that are registered members of the parish of St. Vincent de Paul may enroll their children in our program. All students must be registered each year.  Please contact Riley Provost to schedule an appointment at 704--644-4651 or  rvprovost@charlottediocese.org. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, with no exception. Payment is due with registration. A registration fee is charged to help cover some of the expenses of the Faith Formation Program. The fees are as follows:

  • $70 for First Child

  • $105 for Two Children

  • $120 for Three or more

Please note:

An additional registration form and fee will be needed for First Communion. Contact the Faith Formation office for details. Registration for Confirmation is by invitation only. Be aware that the preparation for the sacraments requires parental participation.


Registro

Solo las familias que son miembros registrados de la parroquia de San Vicente de Paúl pueden inscribir a sus hijos en nuestro programa. Los estudiantes deben ser registrados cada año. Si su hijo/a no está bautizado/a debe hacer una cita para registrarse en nuestro programa de RCIC. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Riley Provost 704-644.4651 o rvprovost@charlottediocese.org. Las clases se llenarán por orden de llegada, sin excepción. El pago debe ser hecho al momento de registro. Hay una cuota adicional de inscripción para ayudar a cubrir gastos del Programa de Formación de la Fe. Los honorarios son los siguientes:

$ 70.00 por un niño
$ 105.00 para dos niños
$120.00 para tres o más. 

Nota:
Es necesario un formulario y un pago adicional para la Primera Comunión. Contáctese con la oficina de Formación de Fe al 704.644.4651 para más detalles. El registro para la Confirmación es solo por invitación.  Es importante que tenga presente, que la preparación para los sacramentos requiere la participación de los padres.


Mass Attendance of Faith Formation Students
Attending Mass is a Commandment and a Precept of the Church and missing Mass without a valid reason, such as illness, is a grave sin. The reason missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation has been considered a mortal sin is because it breaks our relationship with God by ignoring His laws and commandments.

As you know, Mass attendance is a required part of our Faith Formation program.  A surprising number of children were not attending Mass regularly and that affected their ability to comprehend the concepts of the faith.  Similarly, going to Mass without the proper understanding of the Mass will result in children not having a positive experience of the Holy Mass and perceiving it as being boring.

It is really important that your children continue to attend Mass during the summer months.  If you are on vacation, locate the closest Catholic Church to your vacation destination.  

Asistencia a Misa y la Formación de Fe 

Asistir a la Misa es un mandamiento y un precepto de la Iglesia y faltar a Misa sin una razón válida, como una enfermedad, es un pecado mortal. La razón por la que faltar a Misa los domingos y días de precepto es un pecado mortal es porque rompe nuestra relación con Dios, ignorando sus leyes y mandamientos (en este caso el tercer Mandamiento). 

Como ustedes saben, la asistencia a Misa es una parte necesaria de nuestro programa de formación de la fe. Un sorprendente número de niños no estan asistiendo a Misa regularmente y eso afecta su capacidad de comprender los conceptos de la fe. Del mismo modo, ir a Misa sin la adecuada comprensión de la misma dará lugar a que los niños no tengan una experiencia positiva de la Santa Misa y que la perciba como aburrida. 

Es muy importante que los niños continúen la asistencia a  Misa todos los domingos durante el verano.  Si está de vacaciones, localice la iglesia más cerca de su lugar de vacación.