Our program begins with a special Family Night on Nov 1st with Mass at 6pm and an All Saints' Carnival at the school. Classes will begin the following Tuesday and meet each week from 5:30-7pm. Families who wish to do either the Home-Based or Study-Hall models can begin at any time.
Family Faith Formation
"Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. [...] The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called 'the domestic church,' a community of grace and prayer,
a school of human virtues and of Christian charity,"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church §1653, 1666).
At Assumption, we partner with parents so our homes grow as the 'domestic churches' they're called to be. Our three flexible models let you choose the best fit for your family. Each comes with the materials parents and kids need, plus access to parish staff, catechists, and resources. We’ve got your back! The lessons are easy to follow, and include prayer, games, videos, and crafts. Our program for sacraments also includes one retreat per unit, and five Family Nights through the year (Nov 1, Dec 14, Feb 15, Apr 12, and May 17).
Family models allow you to pick what best fits you
Every child and catechist receives a Catechism Kit (CateKit) with the materials they need. This gives families flexibility and protects their health (more here)
To determine where to place your child in our new program, discern your way through the two steps below.
Step 1: Family Models
First, choose the model that best fits your family.
HOME-BASED MODEL: Families teach at their own pace. Feel free to co-op lessons with family friends in the same program. Families meet with the formation director and the pastor for casual ‘check-ins’ to hang out with your spiritual father and ask any questions you might have.
STUDY HALL MODEL: Catechists are available on Thursdays for families to teach at their own pace. Family friends can co-op lessons.
NOTE: Children 11 years and under must wear a mask, as do all adults when these children are present.
CLASSROOM MODEL (BEGINS NOV. 9): On Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm, parents of elementary kids join their child’s class where parents help their kid, share insights, and model the faith. Are you enrolling multiple kids in the program? Rotate between classrooms weekly. Parents of teens join the adult formation option of their choice (bible study, small group, RCIA on Tuesdays, Adoration Hour, etc; discuss options with the Director)
Step 2: Discipleship Tracks
Next, choose their correct track for this year.
KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADE
SECOND through TWELFTH GRADE
CHRISTENED DISCIPLES: for Kindergarten and 1st Grade students
BEGINNING DISCIPLES: for 2nd-12th graders who haven't gone to Confession this year. In Fall, they study SALVATION HISTORY. In Spring, baptized kids study mercy, sin, and RECONCILIATION. Those who aren't baptized Catholic study BAPTISM & the Church. This track includes five mandatory Family Nights and two retreats.
GROWING DISCIPLES: for those who've gone to Confession this year, but aren’t Confirmed. Sacraments are received together in Spring.
They study CONFIRMATION in the Fall and the EUCHARIST and Mass in Spring; retreat on May 7. This track includes five mandatory Family Nights and two retreats.
COMMISSIONED DISCIPLES: for Confirmed 2nd-5th graders. This is tailored with families to the kid's spiritual growth through prayer, charisms, and service. If they haven't studied SALVATION HISTORY, have them join the BEGINNING DISCIPLES for a semester.
YOUTH GROUP: for all teens, this meets on Sundays after the 10:30am Mass. Join our visiting seminarians for fun (often in the form of kickball), fellowship, and Faith.