FAITH Program Information
Faith Formation for Families
What is FAITH?
FAITH is an acronym for Faith Alive In The Home; it is Most Precious Blood’s family-based religious education program. FAITH is designed for all parish children and their parents to journey together as they deepen and explore their Catholic identity. It is our belief that the experience of faith happens most naturally and frequently within the family; this experience is aided and enhanced by the expression of faith in the larger community of MPB.
FAITH is designed for all families who are registered in the parish with children ages 3-grade 12. If you need to register in the parish, please click here. FAITH begins with all families gathering together in the gym. Following the large group theological reflection, families with children ages 3 – grade 5 meet in small groups in classrooms with families who have children of similar ages. This year, we will be offering a breakout session for older youth (grades 6-12) to build community and engage the FAITH theme through age-appropriate activities, service and discussion. Depending on interest and availability, we may also have a concurrent session for parents of youth.
In the past, FAITH (the family faith formation program at MPB) has been viewed as a program offered to parish families whose children do not attend Catholic school. However, FAITH is a parish sponsored program, meaning it is open to all families registered in our parish, regardless of where children attend school. FAITH provides an opportunity for families to journey together – through prayer, activity and discussion – as they grow in their understanding of and participation in our Catholic identity. FAITH is a mandatory component of the sacramental preparation process for children who do not attend Catholic school and participation is strongly encouraged for those children who do attend Catholic school.
For more information on our sacrament preparation programs, click here.
What’s New for 2018-2019?
Expanded Age Parameters for FAITH
This year we are excited to expand the age parameters for FAITH to include families with both younger and older children!
Pre-School to Pre-K (ages 3-5)
As we look to accompany families with children ages 3 to pre-K on their faith journey, we hope to have at least one small group of families with young children (not yet elementary school age). After the large group session, these families will gather together to build community and to break open the theme of the week with age-appropriate activities and prayers.
Children in Grades 4 and 5
FAITH is a faith formation program for families with children ages 3 through 5th grade. Don’t forget that families with 4th and 5th grade students are invited and welcome to participate in our vibrant FAITH community while continuing on their faith journey!
Middle School and High School Youth
In the absence of a current youth ministry program, community feedback suggested that a bridge for this year would be to offer a FAITH breakout for families with older youth. Families will attend the large group session together, and when small-group sessions begin, middle school and high school youth will participate in a breakout session just for them! Depending on interest and availability, we may also have a concurrent session for parents of youth.
Childcare will be available for children ages 18 months to 3 years during the catechetical sessions of FAITH. Childcare is not available on Family Service Sundays. Please register your young child for childcare during the registration process. The cost is $25 for all 5 catechetical sessions.
How does it work?
The FAITH program consists of two components: 5 catechetical gatherings and Family Service Sundays. Each session begins with 9:00 am Mass in the church followed by a light breakfast snack and a large group theological reflection in the school gym beginning at 10:00. On catechetical weekends, families will then move to small group gatherings to break open the themes of the day with activities and crafts. On Family Service Sundays, families will move to a variety of service stations following the theological reflection. FAITH Sundays – whether catechetical or service – conclude around noon.
Each academic year a specific theme is chosen for our FAITH gatherings. We examine various aspects of our Catholic identity through the Scriptures, Catholic tradition, stories, song and crafts. Our hope is that the activities and themes of each session lay the groundwork for prayer and conversation that can continue at home during the month ahead.
2018-2019 FAITH Sundays
September 23, 2018 – Family Service Sunday
October 7, 2018 – FAITH Gathering
November 11, 2018 – FAITH Gathering
December 2, 2018 – FAITH Gathering
January 13, 2019 – FAITH Gathering
January 27, 2019 – Mini Family Service Sunday (Older Youth and Confirmandi)
February 10, 2019 – FAITH Gathering: Family Mission in the afternoon
March 3, 2019 – FAITH Gathering
April 7, 2019 – Family Service Sunday
How do I register my family?
Registration is completed through FaithDirect. The link to registration is provided below. Don’t forget that if you have children who are of the age to prepare for a sacrament, you will need to register for the sacramental preparation program for that sacrament in addition to FAITH.
Please be sure to register ALL children who will be in attendance.
Childcare is available for children ages 18 months to age 3. You may register for childcare on the registration page.
If you have a child under age 3 who will remain with you and participate during the small group sessions, please register him/her with your other children so that we can provide enough materials for the planned activities. If you have any questions regarding participation in FAITH for children under age 3, please contact Debi Jamison of the Faith Formation Team at 303-756-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a child under age 3 who will remain with you but will not participate (a 6 month old, for example), you may indicate that by checking the box on the registration form. This allows us to have an accurate number of participants on campus and to provide adequate spacing for the number of children in each small group.
2018 Registration Dates and Fees
Early Registration: July 15 to August 15: $85 first child; $125 family rate (2 or more children)
Standard Registration: August 16 to August 31: $95 first child; $140 family rate (2 or more children)
Late Registration: September 1 to September 7: $105 first child; $150 family (2 or more children)
We do not want the cost of the programs to inhibit participation. Scholarship funds are available; if you are unable to pay the fees for these programs, please contact Debi Jamison of the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com).
Registration has now closed for the 2018-2019 school year.