FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Mrs. Elaine Corvese – Director of Religious Education Grades 1-8 and Confirmation (Grade 9)
2019-2020 School Year Information
Parents/guardians of children entering the First Grade program or those new to Saint Mark, Sacred Heart or Saint Mary will need to register for the Faith Formation program.
Parents/Guardian of second and ninth grade Catholic School students: Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation is a two-year process that is distinct and separate from any catechetical program in the parish or Catholic school. Sacraments are parish celebrations and while Catholic school communities are important in the daily sharing of faith and values, it is also necessary for young people to stay connected to their parish communities through the celebration of Sunday Eucharist and attendance in the Faith Formation classes. Therefore, if you have a son/daughter attending Catholic School in 2nd and 9th grade, please contact the Faith Formation office at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll your child in the program.
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 Director. A copy of each child’s baptism certificate is required at registration. All families must be registered in Catholic Community of North Attleborough 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.
Information regarding the Faith Formation program students in
grades 1 through 9 is as follows:
Students in grades 1 and 2 will begin Tuesday, October 15th from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. and Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. held at Saint Mark parish hall. Classes will meet every other week.
Students in grades 3-5 are enrolled in the home study program. Parent/guardian can pick up textbooks with lesson syllabus on Wednesday, October 16th between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. or Thursday, October 17th between the hours of 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.at Saint Mark parish hall.
Students in sixth grade: Class begins Monday, October 21st from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark parish hall. Classes will meet once a month.
Students in seventh grade: Class begins Monday, October 28th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark parish hall. Classes will meet once a month.
Students in eighth grade: Parent and student meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Mark. Classes will meet once a month beginning on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Students in ninth grade: Parent and student meeting will be held on Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
(Please note time change.)
Classes will meet once a month beginning on Sunday, October 20th from 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm, attendance with family at the 5:00 pm Mass at Sacred Heart immediately following class. Class schedule to be posted as soon as it is completed
Catechist meetings are as follows:
First and second grade catechist meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. in St. Mark parish hall.
Sixth and Seventh grade catechist meeting will be held on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Saint Mark parish hall.
Eighth grade catechist meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Saint Mark parish hall.
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.
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. Interested in learning more? If you, or someone you know might have an interest, please call RCIA coordinator, Arlene Hall at 508-695-0549 or see Father Rodney or Father Jack after Mass. 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 in our Catholic Community throughout the year. In addition, formation for liturgical ministries and parish ministries are offered at various times.
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.