FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Mrs. Elaine Corvese – Director of Religious Education Grades 1-8 and Confirmation (Grade 9)
Faith Formation Office hours Monday – Thursday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
2021-2022 School Year Information
Parents/guardians of children entering the First Grade program or those new to Transfiguration of the Lord Parish will need to register for the Faith Formation program. Please contact Mrs. Corvese in the Faith Formation office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 508-695-3823.
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.
REGISTRATION FORMS – NEW STUDENTS ONLY
2021/2022 School Year Faith Formation Class Schedule
Faith Formation program will resume in-person classes for all grades – schedule is as follows:
Grades 1 and 2: Will be held on Tuesday from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. every other week. First class begins Tuesday, September 21st and Saturday, September 25th. Parents/guardian will receive email by the end of August with further information.
Grades 3, 4, and 5 is a non-sacramental preparation for your son/daughter therefore the program for these grades will be home-based. To assist parents/guardian with this program a grade appropriate book will be provided along with a lesson syllabus to assist families. Workshops are scheduled (not mandatory) to be held at Saint Mark church hall to review unit lessons including group activities that coincide with the church calendar.
Grades 6, and 7: Will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. once a month. The first class for sixth grade is Monday, September 20th, and grade seven is Monday, September 27th.
Grades 8 and 9: Will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. once a month. The first class for eighth grade will be held Wednesday, September 15th.
Due to the large enrollment for ninth grade, the students will be divided into two groups A and B.
Group A – students with the last name A-K Group B – students with last name L-Z
The first class for Group A will be Wednesday, September 22nd and Group B will be Wednesday, September 29th.
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 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.
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14
At (insert parish name) we all work together to protect our children. Please visit the Diocesan Safe Environment page for information on how we protect the faithful, and the steps involved to minister, work, or volunteer in the Diocese.