Faith Formation

Holy Family encourages life-long catechesis for our parishioners to grow in their faith. To that end, we provide a variety of programs for students from 3 years through adults. Whole Community Catechesis (WCC) is our Sunday morning religious education program which meets in between the 9:15 and 12:00 Masses from 10:30-11:45 am. In addition to WCC, we also offer a variety of other programs throughout the year designed to help our parishioners develop their spirituality and grow in faith. We offer evening programs, one day retreats, workshops, guest speakers and lecture series such as our annual parish AWAKENING!. We also hold a Vacation Bible Camp each summer for our children and youth. In addition to our programs, we have a variety of resources available for home study through our parish library and our CD's from Lighthouse Media. There are so many different ways to learn and grow in your faith, we encourage you to start TODAY!

 

WCC Volunteers Needed!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Join the Whole Community Catechesis team!  Feel the wonder of the Holy Spirit!  Make lifelong friends!  Team Teaching - Meet other adult volunteers that will co-teach with you!  Training Provided! If you are interested in sharing your time and gifts, please contact:  

    Elementary (PreK - 5th Grade): Contact Pam Sapienza, psapienza@holyfamilyfw.org

    Middle and High School: Contact Genni Sayers, gsayers@holyfamilyfw.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Registration

Whole Community Catechesis (WCC)  Registration 2017-2018

  1. To register for Whole Community Catechesis click the link below, select the age level classes you need and proceed to check out.
    Please note: If you are registering for Sacraments, you will need to register for BOTH a WCC class AND the Sacrament class. If the error message Please note, registrant has another session at the same time. pops up, IGNORE and proceed!
  2. Complete registration for each student and then proceed to checkout.
  3. Pay online for your classes and you are done!

Sacrament preparation  REGISTRATION 2017-2018

  1. If you are attending HFS or NCHS then you can just register for the Sacrament class unless you want to attend WCC too!
  2. If you attend any other school, then you will need to register for BOTH a grade-level WCC class AND the Sacrament class. If the error message Please note, registrant has another session at the same time. pops up, IGNORE and proceed!
  3. Complete registration for each student and then proceed to checkout.
  4. Pay online for your classes and you are done!

Register Now! 

Please be as thorough as possible when filling out your registration.

Fees for WCC are:

 

  • Until October 9:
    • $50.00 for a family with 1 student, plus $5 for each additional student.
  • After October 9:
    • $60.00 for a family with 1 student, plus $5 for each additional student.

A multi-student discount is automatically applied at check-out. If you cannot afford the fees, please contact the Formation Office, assistance is available. We want EVERYONE to be able to participate!

FEES FOR Sacrament Preparation ARE:

  • Elementary First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are $55.00 ($27.50 for each workshop) If you would like to pay this over time, use code HALFNOW18 to pay 1/2 now and 1/2 in January OR PAYINJAN18 to pay the entire Sacrament Preparation fee in January.
  • Confirmation for Youth in the 10th grade or older fees are payable in January for the retreat.

See you on Sunday, September 10!

All Elementary school students (PreK-5th grade) are asked to bring a "Me Bag": Prepare a brown lunch sack bag with several items that reflect something about who you are or what you like.​  These items might include:

  • ​something you collect
  • A baby picture
  • snapshot of your family or pet
  • wrapper from your favorite food
  • souvenir from a trip
  • drawing/magazine picture of somethin you like (bike, game, toy)
  • title of your favorite book

Children's Liturgy

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)

Liz Furman, Coordinator 425-466-4444 Or LizCFurman@gmail.com 
This program is offered at the 5pm Mass on Saturday and at the 9:15am Mass on Sunday. Children ages 4 - 12 are dismissed with adult worship leaders who present to them the weekly Sunday scriptures from the Children's Lectionary, which is age appropriate. Adult and teen worship leaders receive training and guidebooks. All worship leaders must attend Keeping Children Safe.

Children's Catechesis

Children’s Formation Department Curriculum Guide

2017-2018
Pre- 3 year olds:
  We are using Catholic Icing ABC.  They are engaging lessons that are age appropriate and allow for success regardless of learning styles.

http://www.catholicicing.com/catholic-preschool-curriculum/

Pre -4 and Kindergarten: We are using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, Seeds and Promise. The lessons come from the Sunday Gospel so the children learn their faith within in the liturgical year.

Scope and Sequence Chart:
http://www.pflaumweeklies.com/new_page/scope_and_sequence.php

Concept Development Chart
http://www.pflaumweeklies.com/new_page/pdf_view.php?dst=http://www.pflaum.com/learningladderchart.pdf

Grades 1st – 5th : We use a series entitled “Finding God” by Loyola Press A Jesuit Ministry
It is an integrated curriculum that uses a spiral method throughout the grades.    The lessons are engaging allow exploration of faith through art and personal expression.  In essence we are focused on how to live out our faith.  The following websites should help people to better understand the curriculum.  There are also online activities to do at home to reinforce what has been taught in the classroom

Loyola Press Finding God sight:
http://loyolapress.com/finding-god-faith-formation-program.htm

Scope and sequence sight:
http://www.loyolapress.com/assets/fg/fg_SCOPE_AND_SEQ.pdf

Sample of the spiral curriculum:
http://www.loyolapress.com/assets/fg/fg_spiral_curriculum.pdf

Middle School Catechesis

Fall Semester

God, Revelation, and Faith

The Holy Spirit energizes and brings life to the Church and to all baptized believers. Throughout these sessions the participants will explore how the Holy Spirit moves in God's people and will disciver concrete ways that the Holy Spirit is present in the world today. They will examine how the gift of God's grace is made possible by the Spirit and what it means to be invited to participate in God's life. The participants will reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these gifts help them to respond to God's love. In exploring the Holy Spirit's activity in the Church, the young people will look at how God's Spirit was present in the lives of the Apostles, examine various models that help us understand the meaning of Church, and look at how all the baptized participate in the mission of Christ to make disciples of all nations. The remaining sessions focus on what is needed to enter God's Kingdom and how Mary, the saints, and those whose lives reflect the qualities, values, and beliefs that characterize Jesus' followers can serve as models of faithful discipleship.
Throughout these sessions the young people will address the basic questions of who God is and how we come to know God. They will be presented with the understanding of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is revealed through Sacred Tradition and the Sacred Scriptures. The participants will also explore the meaning of our human existence and how God is actively involved in the work of our salvation. Though it is God who saves us, the young people will be challenged to do their part: respond to God with faith.

 Spring Semester

The Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit energizes and brings life to the Church and to all baptized believers. Throughout these sessions the participants will explore how the Holy Spirit moves in God's people and will discover concrete ways that the Holy Spirit is present in the world today.They will examine how the gift of God's grace is made possible by the Spirit and what it means to be invited to participate in God's life. The participants will reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these gifts help them to respond to God's love. In exploring the Holy Spirit's activity in the Church, the young people will look at how God's Spirit was present in the lives of the Apostles, examine various models that help us to understand the meaning of Church, and look at how all the baptized participate in the mission of Christ to make disciples of all nations. The remaining sessions focus on what is needed to enter God's Kingdom and how Mary, the saints, and those whose lives reflect the qualities, values, and beliefs that characterize Jesus' followers can serve as models of faithful discipleship.

 

High School Catechesis

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth is a comprehensive overview of the Catholic faith, in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It's 39 chapters cover the Creed, liturgy and Sacraments, Christian morality, and prayer. The main text of each chapter presents a particular topic of the Catholic faith. The sidebar articles in the chapter enhance the main text by connecting the topic to prayer, Catholic saints, Catholic history, and lived faith.
Each lesson has four components: the opening prayer, a Study It! component, a Live It! component, and a Pray It! component. Pray It! Study It! Live It! resources offer a holistic approach to learning, living and passing on the Catholic faith.

 

Adult Catechesis

Whole Community Catechesis

Sundays 10:30-11:45 am
September 10 through April 29, 2018

Exploring the Letters of St. Paul

The adult program for this 2017/2018 year will be an exploration of the letters of St. Paul—the oldest canonical texts in the New Testament.  From the way Paul and contemporaries wrote, used and understood letter writing to an in depth look at Apostle Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon, Galatians, Corinthians, and Romans.  By examining these letters in the chronological order in which they were written, we can appreciate how Paul’s epistolary skills and theology developed as he responded to the issues and concerns that prompted him to write to the five churches.  We will also look at the other texts in the Pauline corpus—generally accepted by scholars to be written by anonymous authors who wrote in Paul’s name for both honoring Paul and giving the letters credibility.  In this light, we will look at 2nd Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians, looking at the unique character of the texts and the circumstances that prompted their composition.  We will also look at the letters addressed to Timothy and Titus.  This fascinating course will give you a greater understanding of Paul and his works and bring you to the heart of the New Testament.