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 5. If you need to register in the parish, please click here. The FAITH program consists of two components: 5 catechetical gatherings and 2 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 AM. 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.
In the past, FAITH (the family-based religious education 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 to Expect for Age-Level Participation?
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 K through 4
Following the large group theological reflection, families with children ages 3 – grade 4 meet in small groups in classrooms with families who have children of similar ages to expand the large group session with more hands on and age-relevant activities.
Children in 5th Grade
As this is a transitional phase of FAITH for our 5th graders, it is still a family-based program (and not a break-out session for youth only). If your 5th grader is your only child in FAITH, we invite one or both parents to join the youth. If you have other, younger children in FAITH, you can send one parent with your 5th grader and one parent can go with the younger children to their classroom. If only one parent is in attendance on any particular session, your 5th grader is still welcome to join the 5th grade classroom; it is simply our hope to have parents with their kids as much as possible.
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.
2019-2020 FAITH Sundays
October 6, 2019 – FAITH Gathering
November 3, 2019 – Family Service Sunday
December 8, 2019 – FAITH Gathering
January 12, 2020 – FAITH Gathering
February 9, 2020 – FAITH Gathering
March 8, 2020 – FAITH Gathering
April 5, 2020 – Family Service Sunday
What is new in registration?
FAITH is a monthly faith formation program for families. We have heard from a number of families that they wish FAITH would meet more frequently. If your family wishes to meet with your FAITH cohort in a small group setting more frequently than once a month (perhaps twice a month), there will be a place to indicate that preference on the registration form. If there is enough desire from families, we will create small groups who will meet twice a month along with those who will remain in the traditional once a month setting.
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 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.
2019 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 6: $105 first child; $150 family (2 or more children)
Registration has closed for 2019-2020. If you missed registration and would like to participate in faith formation programming at MPB this year, please contact Kate Rice (email@example.com) or Kristen Kraus (firstname.lastname@example.org).