What Is Family Faith Formation?
Family Faith Formation is the parish religious education program. Family Faith Formation has something for everyone! We have programming for Preschool (ages 3-5) through 8th grade. There is an adult group with babysitting available for adults that attend the adult sessions. Preschool through 5th grade meet individually by grade. (Depending on the registration numbers, some classes may be split or combined). 6th-8th grade meets together as Middle School and is involved in the Young Church program.
When Does FFF Meet?
We meet on most Sundays from 10:15 to 11:20 a.m. We begin after Labor Day and end one of the first weekends in May. You are welcome to attend coffee and donuts in the café before our sessions. We ask that everyone please be prompt to your FFF session because the catechists work hard to prepare to fill the hearts and minds of the children during this valuable time. We ask parents to accompany their children to their assigned room. Please remain with the child if the catechist has not yet arrived. Children 2nd grade through Middle School will be dismissed and are free to go to meet their parents. All preschool through 1st grade children are asked to be picked up in their rooms.
There are standards set out by the archdiocese, and the catechists use this as their guide for catechizing the children. Preschool and Kindergarten use the RCL Benzinger program Stories of God’s Love, and grades 1st through 5th use the Loyola Press Finding God Series. The catechists are encouraged to use many different resources and activities to make the lessons come to life in an interesting and interactive way.
Our Middle School program uses the Young Church program, which is a mix of catechesis, service, and faith sharing. Young Church is also offered on Thursday afternoons.
Our Adult Sessions consist of faith sharing through the question of the week and the reading of the Gospel. They also have topical presentations and video presentations. The topics are most often suggested by the group. We encourage all of the adults to try this wonderful group. Faith sharing is optional, and no pressure is ever given to participate. It is a wonderful way for the adults to meet others in the parish and to be a role model as they grow in their faith along with their children.
There are no fees for the Family Faith Formation Program.
All parents are strongly encouraged to visit their children’s sessions whenever they like. The catechists always like to have the parents involved!
Here at Saint Matthew preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist traditionally takes place during 2nd grade. Confirmation preparation takes place during the 10th grade. If you have questions about First Reconciliation or First Eucharist, contact Jeni Lengerich Pleiss. Confirmation questions can be directed to Deanna Dean.
We have several SPARK liturgies throughout the year. These liturgies take place during the 9 a.m. Mass. This is a time when we invite all of the children of the parish to involve themselves more fully in the Mass as readers, ushers, greeters, and gift bearers. Sign up for children’s involvement in the Mass takes place the week before the SPARK liturgy; contact Jeni Lengerich Pleiss. All children are encouraged to take part; this is a great way to help children see that active participation in the Mass makes a difference.