Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Faith Formation Program – About

The Roman Catholic Community of Western Broome (RCCWB) is currently in the process of defining a consolidated Faith Formation program that will serve all of its parishes (Church of the Holy Family, Most Holy Rosary, St. Anthony, St. Joseph, St. Ambrose, Our Lady of Good Counsel and Our Lady of Sorrows). This process is ongoing and no final decisions have been made regarding class location, times, etc.

Faith Formation is designed to enable opportunities for children and adults to grow in their knowledge of God and the Catholic Faith. We prepare for and celebrate the sacraments, as well as liturgy, service, prayer, scripture and the lives of the saints, along with art and music activities. Our focus is learning our faith as we live it, in the midst of a celebrating community that proclaims Jesus’ message in Word and Action.

Faith Formation Program – On-line Registration

Registration material for Faith Formation classes is available online. Please register by July 25Click here to register on-line now.

Volunteers

Many volunteers give generously of their time and talent to pass the faith onto our children. All our teachers and volunteers are required to be trained in Safe Environment (VIRTUS) to help ensure the safety of our children. More volunteers are always welcome to teach or aid in other ways. Volunteer now by completing the on-line Faith Formation Volunteer registration form. Click here to volunteer on-line now.

Register for Initial Safe Environment Training (those who have never taken this training within the church) Click here to register for training now.

Register for Re-Certification Safe Environment Training Click here to register for training now.

Faith Formation Program – 2022-2023 Class Schedules (TBD)

Faith Formation at Church of the Holy Family

The parish community of the Church of the Holy Family is committed to a faith formation program that will enable each child to grow in faith and relationship with Jesus. Our programs meet and follow the official statement on Catechetics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our curriculum is designed to follow a sequential pattern of faith and moral development and is structured on sound theological principles in accordance with the National Catechetical Directory. Classes for all grade levels consist of class time, service opportunities and exposure to some traditional Catholic devotions and events. We encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in their children’s religious growth. Faith is God’s gift, but the nurturing of that gift goes on mainly in the day-to-day living of family life. Our goal is to help children develop into faithful Catholic adults.

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

In order to register for these classes, a student must have completed at least one year of Faith Formation classes (ie: Grade 1).  Direct preparation for these sacraments is done in the second grade after a child has attended at least one year of Faith Formation classes, or attends a Catholic school. Children prepare for and receive First Reconciliation in the fall. They begin classes for First Eucharist in January and receive this sacrament in the Spring.

Confirmation – 2-Year Program

Confirmation preparation is a 2-year program (commonly, Grades 9 & 10), except for students who attend Catholic school. Those who attend Catholic school must participate in the 2nd year (Direct Prep) portion of the program.

The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Syracuse is generally received in grades 10 or 11. This program consists of classes, a retreat, and service. The sacrament is usually conferred in the Spring of 10th grade.

Confirmation candidates are expected to volunteer in a total of 10 service projects over the course of 2 years (9th and 10th grade).  Each year candidates are expected to do 4 (four) service projects within our CHF parish and 1(one) within the greater community.

For more information about service requirements, click here.

The Service Reflection and Evaluation form is available here.

Contact Information

The Director of Faith Formation is Loretta Hudy. She can be contacted at 785-4581 or via email at  lhudy@syrdio.org