FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Mrs. Elaine Corvese – Director of Religious Education Grades 1-8
Mrs. Linda Nolin – Confirmation Formation Coordinator
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW
At Baptism, parents accept the responsibility of being the first teachers of their children in the Faith. Our Faith Formation Program is designed to augment and assist parents in this very important role. Faith Formation is an on-going process, begun in childhood, that continues throughout our lives.
The title “Faith Formation,” expresses the belief that formation in our Catholic Faith is more than just “education,” facts and figures learned from a book. While these are important and necessary, our Faith is also celebrated – weekly – in the prayer life of the parish community. At Sunday Mass, we are nourished and challenged by the Word of God that is preached and the Body and Blood of Jesus that is shared. Our Catholic Faith is also lived at home and in the wider community. Here, our beliefs and values are put into practice on a daily basis. We are all formed in the Faith in each of these components: class, Mass, and home.
Grades 1 – 6
We follow a curriculum approved by the Diocese of Fall River and a text book series entitled “Finding God” published by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry. A scope and sequence chart is available for each grade level.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Adults are welcomed into the Catholic Faith through the RCIA process. A separate team assists in the preparation of our adult candidates. Adult baptism and profession of Faith normally occur during the Easter Vigil each year. For more information concerning the RCIA, please consult the link on the main page of this website.
Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation opportunities covering a wide range of topics are offered between the two downtown parishes throughout the year. In addition, formation for liturgical ministries and parish ministries are offered at various times.
Current student registration is done by mail during the last month of classes. If you are new to the program or have a new first grade student you should contact the faith formation office to register with the coordinator. A copy of each child’s baptism certificate is required at registration. All families must be registered in the parish in order to register for class.
In order to provide quality resources for our catechists and students, we ask our families to assist with some of the financial needs of the program. If families have difficulty meeting the registration fee, they are asked to please contact the Faith Formation Office.
OFFICE FOR CHILD PROTECTION
The Diocese of Fall River, in compliance with the Dallas Charter approved by the United States Catholic Bishops, has implemented an Abuse Prevention program for all clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, and employees. All adults, age 17 and older, who work with children must attend a training session, sign a Code of Conduct, and complete a criminal investigation background check. The CORI form and Code of Conduct form are completed each year.