Christian Formation

Christian Formation

Christian Formation provides ages appropriate lessons on the Catholic faith for children ages Pre-K to the 8th grade.  Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 10:45am. The classes are held from the first of October to the end of April.  (see the calendar for exact dates).

Christian Formation Schedule 2018 - 2019

Date

Event

Notes

Sep 30

Class #1

 

Oct 7

Class #2

 

Oct 14

Fall Break

 

Oct 21

Class #3

Living Rosary

Oct 28

Class #4

 

Nov 4

Class #5

 

Nov 11

Class #6

 

Nov 18

Class #7

 

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Break

 

Dec 2

Class #8

 

Dec 9

Class #9

 

Dec 16

Class #10

Gaudete Sunday - Cookies and Carols

Dec 23

Christmas Break

 

Dec 30

Christmas Break

 

Jan 6

Class #11

Epiphany

Jan 13

Class #12

 

Jan 20

MLK Break

 

Jan 27

Class #13

 
Jan 29 First Reconciliation Meeting Parents meet from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Feb 3

Class #14

 

Feb 10

Class #15

St. Valentine Celebration

Feb 17

Class #16

 

Feb 24

Class #17

First Holy Communion Parents meeting Part 1, 9:45 am 

Mar 3

Class #18

Pancake Weekend

Mar 10

Spring Break

 

Mar 17

Class #19

First Holy Communion Parent meeting Part 2, 9:45 am

Mar 24

Class #20

 

Mar 31

Class #21

 

Apr 7

Class #22

First Holy Communion Practice #1, 9:45 am

Apr 14

Class #23

Palm Sunday

Apr 21

Easter!

 

Apr 28

Class #24 - Last Class

Divine Mercy Sunday, First Holy Communion Practice #2, 9:45 am

May 4

First Communion Retreat

 

May 5

First Holy Communion!

11:45 am

 

 

Confirmation

Christian Formation provides ages appropriate lessons on the Catholic faith for children ages 9th and 10th grade.  Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 10:45am. The classes are held from the first of mid-September to the end of April.  (see the calendar for exact dates).

  • Confirmation Schedule 2018-2019

Date

Event

Time

Topic/Details

9/16/2018

Parent's Meeting

12:30pm-1:00pm

Upper Classroom

9/30/2018

Session #1

9:30am-10:45am

Introductions/Decisions

10/7/2018

Session #2

9:30am-10:45am

Truth

10/14/2018

NO CLASS

-

Fall Break

10/21/2018

NO CLASS

-

 

10/28/2018

Session #3

9:30am-10:45am

Works of Mercy (Spiritual)

11/3/2018

NET Retreat

7:00am-6:00pm

Roanoke, VA

11/4/2018

NO CLASS

-

Retreat recovery

11/11/2018

Session #4

9:30am-10:45am

Prayer

11/18/2018

Session #5

9:30am-10:45am

Bible

11/25/2018

NO CLASS

-

Thanksgiving Break

12/02/2018

Session #6

9:30am-10:45am

Relationships

12/05/2018

Advent Evening

6:00pm-8:15pm

Arrive at 5:30pm

12/09/2018

Session #7

9:30am-10:45am

Eucharist

12/16/2018

Session #8

9:30am-10:45am

Works of Mercy (Corporal)

12/23/2018

NO CLASS

-

Winter Break

12/30/2018

NO CLASS

-

Winter Break

01/06/2019

Session #9

9:30am-10:45am

Holy Spirit

01/13/2019

Session #10

9:30am-10:45am

Church

01/20/2019

NO CLASS

-

MLK Jr. Day

01/27/2019

Session #11

9:30am-10:45am

Confirmation

02/03/2019

Session #12

9:30am-10:45am

Service

02/10/2019

NO CLASS

-

Diocesan Youth Conference

02/17/2019

Session #13

9:30am-10:45am

Virtue

02/24/2019

Session #14

9:30am-10:45am

Mission-minded

03/03/2019

Session #15

9:30am-10:45am

Holiness (final session)

TBD 2019

Confirmation Rehearsal

Between 03/07/2019 and 06/01/2019

TBD 2019

Confirmation Mass

Between 03/07/2019 and 06/01/2019

TBD 2019

Mystagogy Retreat

A Sunday after Confirmation, 12:15pm-1:30pm

 


Christian Formation and Youth Calendar

Pre-K through 8th Grade

The Catechetical Curriculum is organized by grade level, with Catechist and Parent Pages outlining the developmental readiness of children, and curricula content organized by the six tasks of catechesis and the liturgical year. 

Introduction to the Curriculum

Pre-School
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages

Kindergarten
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages

Grade 1
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 2
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 3
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 4
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 5
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 6
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

Grade 7
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

 

Grade 8
Parent Pages
Catechist Pages
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Liturgical Year

 

Prayers and Concepts
 

 

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation Requirements

If you would like your child to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and/or Eucharist, please register your child for Christian Formation classes. In order to be eligible for reception of these Sacraments…

  • Your child must be a baptized Catholic in grade 2 (7 years or older)
  • The office of Christian Formation must receive proof of the child’s Catholic baptism
    • If baptized at Holy Cross: fill out necessary information on the application
    • If baptized elsewhere: obtain a copy of the Catholic Baptismal Certificate and include it with the application for sacrament preparation classes. If you do not have the certificate, please contact the baptismal church and request a copy. If you have difficulty locating an address or phone number, please ask us for assistance
  • The minimum formation requirements are the following: must be currently enrolled and attending Christian Formation classes or attending Catholic school and ongoing participation in weekend Mass. Readiness for children to begin preparation for First Communion is determined in part by their interest in receiving the sacrament, feeling like they belong to the Catholic community, praying at home and at Mass and their ability to relate to Jesus as one who loves.
  • Preparation consists of Reconciliation and Eucharist parent meetings which must be attended by at least one parent/guardian AND two sessions which must be attended by at least one parent/guardian AND child. Weekly attendance at Christian Formation classes continue to be required unless attending Holy Cross Regional Catholic School

RCIC -Special Sacrament Needs (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children):

Children 7 years and older who have not been baptized Catholic must attend regular Christian Formation classes or apply to the RCIA program adapted for children (RCIC).

Confirmation Preparation Requirements

Confirmation is one of the initiation sacraments, along with Baptism and Eucharist. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During your Baptism, your parents and godparents made promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself. This comes with the responsibility of not just following Jesus Christ but spreading the Good News as Confirmed disciples.

Confirmation is not:

  • Graduation from Christian Formation classes
  • Claim of adulthood in the Church
  • Single affirmation of the Catholic religion
  • Decision to be or not be Catholic

Requirements

The family must be registered members of Holy Cross Church.

Baptism: The office of Christian Formation must receive proof of the child’s Catholic baptism.

Age/Grade: Candidates must be in 10th grade to be eligible for Confirmation. 11th and 12th grade students that have not received Confirmation are eligible as long as they continue to be enrolled in religious education.

Education: Candidates must be enrolled and attending regular religious education classes OR must be attending a Catholic high school in order to be eligible for Confirmation. Candidates must also have been baptized Catholic and received both Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Place of Instruction:  All instruction that pertains to preparation for Confirmation should take place through the candidate’s home parish. Those enrolled in non-parish-based religious education (i.e., home school or Catholic school) must prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the program of their home parish.

Attendance: Candidates are expected to participate in an entrance interview, all of their religious education classes as well as a Confirmation Retreat.

Sponsors are an extremely important part of Confirmation. A person is eligible to be a sponsor if: They are a baptized, confirmed and practicing Catholic.

Should the Practice of Choosing a “Confirmation Name” Be Encouraged?

Since Confirmation stands in relationship to Baptism, any discussion of a Confirmation name must be placed in that context. The current Rite of Confirmation recommends that the sponsor for Confirmation be the baptismal godparent.[1] It presumes that the candidate for Confirmation will be addressed by his or her baptismal name.[2] Nowhere does the rite mention the custom of choosing a separate Confirmation name; neither does the Code of Canon Law. Only in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is there mention of a rite whereby a catechumen may receive a “baptismal name.”[3]

While the affirmation of one’s baptismal name is thus preferred, one could choose another saint’s name or a mystery of the Lord to be pronounced by the bishop in addition to—not in place of—one’s baptismal name (e.g., “John Sebastian Smith” or “Jane of the Incarnation Smith”). There is no restriction as to the sex (male or female) of the saint, just as in many cultures baptismal names may be combined (e.g., “Peter Mary” or “Ann Daniel”).

The custom of choosing a patron saint or taking an additional name for the Rite of Confirmation should be accompanied by catechesis regarding the communion of saints. The candidate should demonstrate knowledge of the saint or mystery of the Lord that he or she has chosen. It should be emphasized that if a name is chosen, it is to honor a saint or mystery of the Lord, rather than to honor a loved one.

[1] Rite of Confirmation, no. 5.
[2]Rite of Confirmation nos. 21, 27.
[3] See “Rite of Choosing a Baptismal Name,” Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, no. 202.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (LOW)

LOW is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 3 through 6 at the 11:00 AM Mass. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, these children are invited to come forward to the altar to be blessed and then the catechists lead them from the church to a classroom located next to the Nursery. During this special time, the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children.

The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.

LOW meets every Sunday from October through May with the exception of the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the two Sundays before and after Christmas and Easter Sunday.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School or “Church Camp” as we call it here at Holy Cross is a Monday-Friday morning program offered for one week during the summer for children who are rising kindergarteners through rising 5th gradera.  Each day of Church Camp, children rotate through a series of "stations" with a variety of activities based on the day's bible theme.

Registration for Church Camp generally begins in May and it is free of charge.

 

Registration Form:

Christian Formation
  English (PDF) (Online)
  Spanish (PDF)

Calendars:

Christian Formation (PDF)
Confirmation (PDF)

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