Weekly Faith Formation
The faith community of St. Gianna’s, believes that faith formation is a lifelong process and that parents are the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. We believe that the most important gift parents can give their children is a strong foundation in our Catholic faith. The faith of the parents so profoundly impacts their children, that there is no substitute for parental involvement in their children’s faith formation. The Children’s Faith Formation process at St. Gianna’s is not a process between the children and the catechists alone. It involves both the immediate family and the church family. It does not replace catechesis that stems from the home but has the priveledged responsibility to support it.
This catechetical experience is made complete when parents and families are examples of the faith. Families are strongly encouraged to participate regularly in weekend liturgies and Holy Days. They are encouraged to regulary participate in the Sacraments, serve in Parish ministries, live the Gospel, pray and talk to your children about their faith, live lives of service, and continue in their own personal faith formation.
Weekly Faith Formation classes are held at St. Gianna’s Parish on Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, beginning late September to the end of April. For the 2017-18 catechetical year, we will use the catechism program series “Finding God” (Loyola Press).
First Eucharist and Confirmation Preparation
Applications for the preparation of First Eucharist and Confirmation are now available. Preparation for both Sacraments will begin in the Spring and will be celebrated in June 2018.
Preparation for First Eucharist is open to all baptized, active, registered parishioners in Grade 2 and higher, who have completed at least 1 year of Faith Formation and are currently attending Faith Formation this year. The application deadline for First Eucharist is March 4.
Preparation for Confirmation is open to all active, registered parishioners in Grade 6 and higher, who have completed Faith Formation and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation. The application deadline for Confirmation is March 31.