Family Faith Formation
The Family is the first place that the Gospel is shared and lived. You, as parents, have the unique privilege and honor of being the primary catechist of your child. The Catholic Church considers the home to be the domestic Church because what you do in your home and as a family is holy. Our hope is that the program will allow for the incredibly busy schedules your families have, for intentional time spent in conversation about faith with your child and to create the desire to build Catholic community connections with other families.
Please be aware that while your time required at the parish is limited to a monthly meeting and Mass, you are still responsible for work to be completed at home. The monthly meetings are not the only requirement for this program. Please read carefully the information for the program below.
For more information, please contact our Faith Formation Coordinator Cindy Kozal (818)889-0612
How Family Faith Program works
If your child is in their first or second year of Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion (SAC Prep), there are separate requirements: Click here for SAC Prep
Grades 1 - 6
In addition to work at home, students and their families will meet once a month for a two hour session (Group A or B) Click here for calendar
- Family can mean many different things. Single parents, grandparents, a multitude of children at all different ages. Everyone is welcome to come at the same time. At least one adult (not teen sibling) needs to be attendance with your child or children
- At registration, you choose to be a part of either the Group A or Group B Sunday sessions. There is no difference between the sessions, just dates. It only meets once a month, however, there is additional material expected to be completed at home.
- Younger children are welcome.
Time spent during session:
- The first 45 minutes is spent in family based activities – Gospel sharing, discussions, crafts or service projects.
- The next hour will be our breakout sessions. Every student goes to class with students their own grade. Adults stay together for a parent session which covers a variety of topics and discussion with the other parents. We do have a breakout for preschool/kindergarten.
- Students return to their family and we have a closing prayer
At Home responsibilities:
- Each family will have a family activity to complete at home after the session. This activity will be used the following month. The activity is a part of the program and is not optional.
- Attend Mass, pray together, have meals together…things you already do, just do with more intention
- Each student will bring home a workbook which will help support the emphasis for their grade level. The workbook will compliment what we do in class and it is suggested you work with your child using the workbook. For the most benefit, you should work with your child on the materials. We use Loyola Press Finding God 2013 edition for our workbook series. We do not require the workbook be complete, unless you are in your first year of Sacramental preparation.
- If your child is in Sacramental Preparation - please read the requirements for each year. Click here to visit the Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion page
New Families to Family Faith Program: Parent Orientation September 9 or 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall.
Grades 7 - 8 Junior High Ministry
Junior High Ministry 7th/8th grade
Fun, Friends, and Faith! Through faith building activities, games, lessons and monthly service projects, the junior high ministry will make connections between Catholic faith and everyday life. We meet weekly on Wednesdays beginning in October from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Click here for Junior High Ministry
Children with Special Needs
In 2012, we began a program for students with special needs as part of our Family Faith program. With the help of Mrs. Lucia Bartlett and her devoted team of adults and teens, we began walking the journey of faith with special needs students. Our program was featured in the June 11, 2015 Acorn Newspaper "Faith in Our Special Needs"
The Special Needs Ministry offers children the ability to learn about the love and care of Jesus in their own way and at their own pace. Special emphasis is provided on the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation for those children who have not yet received these sacraments. Click here for Special Needs Faith Formation or contact our Ministry Coordinator Lucia Bartlett or (818)889-2541
- Family Faith - Loyola Press Family Ideas and Information
- Finding God E-newsletters - For Parents and All Adults Nourishing Their Catholic Faith
- St. Jude's Bible Study - Promoting an appreciation of reading the Bible and understanding how Bible readings can be applied to our daily life. Everyone is welcome, wherever you are on your spiritual journey. St Jude’s offers four adult Bible Study classes.
- Family Faith Formation Calendar
- Second Year SAC Prep Calendar