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The Faith Formation program is comprised of dedicated individuals who provide a warm nurturing environment along with a quality education. Our goal is to assist parents, the primary catechists of their children as they live out their Catholic faith. We know that in today’s society life is demanding. As a result, we try to work with individual families to help meet their needs, and give support in a Catholic christian Community. Working together we can all help our children to become people of faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ and active members of our faith community.

We have recently installed security cameras at the side door of the Msgr. Jasinski Center.  For the safety of the children in our program, we ask that families use the side door to enter the Msgr. Jasinski Center.


PRE-K – 6th

Pre-K & Kindergarten:

  • 2 Sundays a month at 10:30-11:30 am

 

Grades 1-5:

  • Monday: 4:30–5:30 pm
  • Tuesday:  4:30–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30–5:30 & 6:30–7:30 pm

 

Grade 6:

  • Tuesday:  7:00–8:00 pm

For those who cannot  fit  into  the regular  scheduled  classes, we offer Homeschooling  and a Family Program held once a month beginning with the 10:30 am Mass and finishes at 1:00 pm

Parents choose the day they wish their child to attend.  We accommodate these  choices on a first come first served basis.  The registration process begins  in March and classes begin in September.

The Religious Education fee is $35.00 per child, $50.00 for 2 children, and $60.00  for 3 or more children.  Pre-K and Kindergarten fee is $15.00  per child.

A  Children’s Liturgy takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the 10:30 am Mass.  Children from the Religion classes read at the Mass.

Students in Grade 2 are prepared to celebrate their First Reconciliation which takes place in December.  Students also attend a Retreat during this year  held  usually in November.

Students in Grade 3 are prepared to receive their First Holy Communion which takes place in May. Students  also  attend  a  Retreat  during this year held usually in  March.

For more information please  contact Ronald  Szczerbiak, Director of Faith  Formation  for  Pre-K  thru 6th Grade at  668-3344, ext. 2 or email: spareled@roadrunner.com


Junior High and Senior High

JUNIOR HIGH – Through the use of icebreakers, lectures, discussions, group activities, and journal writing the students are introduced to a balance between direct contact with the Bible and translating it to our everyday life.  Students are required to complete service projects for our faith community.  Community service projects include helping at retreats for sacramental preparation in the elementary level, Children’s Halloween party, Shadow Stations of the Cross, Lazarus Soup Meal, and various parish events throughout the year.

CLASS SCHEDULE – Wednesday – 7:00 – 8:30 pm

CLASS OPTIONS – Students can choose to attend the Fall/Winter Program which takes place from September – December or the Winter/Spring Session from January – March.

Home Study – Students in the home study program are to be taught by their parents, materials and lesson plans will be given.  At the end of the session students must bring their completed material and meet with Sharon Pikul.

Family Program – The family program meets once a month, beginning with attendance at the 10:30 Mass.  After Mass, families share a meal and have a Family Based Lesson.  For families looking to grow in faith with fellowship and support in our Christian Community this is a great venue.  Parent volunteers teach a class monthly and complete individual study at home.

SENIOR HIGH – Grades 9 & 10 meet once a month on Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm from September – March.  Students must complete 7 classes per year, attend a retreat and complete a community service project.

OPTIONS – Students can choose session A or B.  If a student  is unable to make their assigned session, they may attend the opposite session.

The Faith Formation office must be notified of all changes the student has to make.

Students may attend any special teaching events held in the Parish.  (Only 2 classes can be substituted by parish events per year.)  One make-up class will be held in April.

For more information contact Sharon Pikul in the Faith Formation Office at 668-3344, ext. 1 or email: spareled@roadrunner.com


Criteria for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Students must have completed nine years of Religious Education to be eligible to enter the Confirmation Formation Program.

  1. Students must participate in the weekend celebration of the Liturgy.  Students are to sign in at the Mass that they attend.
  2. Students must attend 7 sessions, complete a personal project, and participate in a Confirmation retreat.  Students are not confirmed by grade, but when all requirements have been fulfilled.

For further information contact Sharon Pikul in the Faith Formation Office at 668-3344, ext. 1.


Adult Faith Enrichment

Our goal is to help our adult parishioners gain a deeper appreciation and greater understanding of our Catholic faith.  This committee is always looking for additional enthusiastic parishioners to help enhance the prayer life of St. Philip the Apostle church.  If interested, call Dennis Shafer at 632-7856.

We have compiled several worthwhile websites that you may use at your convenience.  You’ll be on the computer, smartphone or ipad sometime during the day.  Can you spare one, two or three minutes to feed your soul this Lenten Season?

www.catholiccompany.com   daily morning offering and short meditation.

www.loyolapress.com/3-Minute-Retreat  short scripture passage and reflection.

www.goodgroundpress.com  online daily reflections, downloadable Lenten booklet.

www.livingfaith.com/  reflections on the Gospel, meditations.

www.RedeemOnLine.com  excellent short presentations on faith (great for young people).


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)

How Does One Become Catholic?

If one is born into a Catholic family which practices the faith—attends  weekly Mass, receives   religious education and the sacraments—the process develops gradually over time.

Some come into full communion with the Catholic Church as adults. They may have received religious instructions in another Christian tradition.  For whatever reason, they chose the Catholic Faith for themselves.

Some who have never been baptized or received any religious formation come seeking the Catholic Faith. They will have gone through a lengthier process of learning about the faith. This would have entailed opening up the Scriptures, learning the Catholic tradition and having a faith-sharing experience with the Catholic community through prayer and service.

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process which prepares adults for full membership into the Catholic Church.  Each individual’s circumstances are taken into consideration.  During the process various rituals will be celebrated in the presence of the community.

RCIA meets weekly in the Conference Room of the Msgr. Jasinski Center.  Our team is made up of caring, non-judgmental and faith-filled people.  Contact Felicia Bosinski, RCIA Coordinator, at 668-8370, ext 228, or email    stparcia@roadrunner.com