Faith Formation:

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Faith Formation at Assumption like?
At Baptism, parents promise to be the ‘first and best’ teachers of the faith for their children. Our Evangelization and Discipleship structure allows us to partner with parents so our homes grow as the ‘domestic churches’ they’re called to be. Every family is unique, with their own needs, dynamics, and schedules. Our three flexible models help you hand on the faith to your kids by choosing the best fit for your family:

  • in the Home-Based model you can teach them at on your own schedule and at your own pace

  • you can meet at the parish for Study Hall to use our craft materials and have access to a catechist’s help if you need it

  • you can join your kids in growing in the Faith in the catechist-led Classroom model for guided help as you model the Faith for them

How do we use the Study Hall Model?

Stop by the parish on Thursdays for extra help or access to supplies for your family to use. Please RSVP so we can have things ready.

 

If we do the Classroom Model, must parents attend each class?
Parents and guardians are vital to the program, and must participate every week. Parents of multiple elementary kids should rotate between classrooms each week. Parents of teens, given their kids' need for more independence, do not attend class with them but instead participate in an adult formation program of their choice. Options should be discussed with the Director, and include: bible studies, small groups, RCIA on Tuesdays, and signing up for a weekly Adoration Hour.

Can we change models if it doesn’t work for us?
We understand the need for flexibility. As such, families are fully allowed to change models as needed throughout the year. All we ask is that you remain in contact with us so that we can ensure you have what you need.

 

When will they receive their sacraments?
Baptized Catholics will make their First Reconciliation at the Confession Retreat in the spring of their Beginning Disciples year; they receive their Confirmation and First Holy Communion together at a special Mass in the spring of their Growing Disciples year. For those not baptized Catholic, they receive sacraments at Easter their second year.

If their formation gets interrupted, how will they stay on track?

Life is busy with school, sports, activities, and unfortunately, illness. Sometimes, families get a bit behind. That's okay! Go at your own pace. Each child receives a CateKit for exactly this reason, so that they can continue their formation at home as fits their lives.

 

What is the cost of the program?
For families who attend and tithe at Assumption, the cost is $60 for a single child, or $50 per child if registering multiple kids. For families who do not attend or tithe at Assumption, the cost is $75 for a single child, or $65 per child for multiple kids. Families must register and pay each year.

What paperwork is needed?

Please register here.

For all receiving sacraments, submit a copy of their baptism certificate.

Growing Disciples will need to submit a sponsor form before Spring.

 

What precautions are being taken in light of Covid-19?
We have an entire page devoted to that!