At San Martin de Porres, we believe that Faith Formation occurs within the family, and that parents are the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. We believe that the first church is the domestic church found in each and every home. Parents are integral in the role they play in their children's faith development, and serve as their primary teachers and role models. When parents introduce their child to the formal Faith Formation process, they are acting on the promises they made at their child’s Baptism to raise that child in the Catholic Faith. The parish’s responsibility is to support parents in their role as primary teachers and evangelists of their families. Through a combination of lessons in the home, weekly sessions in the church community, and participation in Mass, young people in our parish have the best possible chance to live a full and loving life in the Catholic Faith. Parish-provided Faith Formation instruction includes the following:
|First Holy Communion is, without question, a time of great joy. The saints in heaven, who are delighted to intercede for us, are celebrating along with your family.|
Jesus comes to us in a unique way in the Eucharist. When He comes, we receive Him into our body and our soul. This is very beautiful, personal, and intimate. Your son or daughter preparing for this sacrament is going to be profoundly united with Jesus in a way that they never have before!
First Communion religious education is ideally a TWO (2) year program beginning in the 1st grade (ages 6-7). The child must be at least 7 yrs of age on the day receiving the Sacrament of First Communion. From that time on begins the obligation of fulfilling the percept of both Penance and Eucharist. Thus, children may receive First Confession during their second year of Religious Education. This is their sacrament of Reconciliation (first penance).
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . .
We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
If your child is under the age of 13 and has already received their First Holy Communion, they may join the Young Formation class. Although this is not a Sacramental preparation class, it does however provide ongoing faith formation. It is essential that our children continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and the Church in order that they may live the Gospel fully and build a strong foundation for lifelong discipleship.
Please complete a registration form for Religious Education below if you would like to enroll your son/daughter in the Young Formation class.
Classes for Young Formation are once a week and are only held on SUNDAYS from 8:30-10am beginning August 14th.
Children's Catechumenate is the process for children and adolescents over the age of 7and under 18 who have not yet been baptized.
Becoming Catholic is a life-long commitment. As Christians we are called to continuously grow in faith, hope and love. Religious Education for these children will usually take one year, in some cases it may require more years. The child will be placed in an age appropriate class to complete 1-2 years of Religious Education. His/Her sacraments (baptism, first holy communion and sometimes confirmation) will be administered at the Easter Vigil.
Please complete a registration form for Religious Education below and the office will be in contact with you.
RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. This is for adults over the age of 18 who are non-baptized and desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion (missing First Communion or Confirmation) in the Roman Catholic Church.
SORRY ALL CLASSES ARE COMPLETELY FULL
$50 for one child, $65 for two siblings or $100 for 3+ children in the same household.
Registrations will NOT be accepted unless you bring past sacramental certificates (Baptism and Holy Communion Certificates).
Space is very limited and are dependent on amount of Volunteer Catechists and room availability.
Please consider a volunteer position as a Catechist or Teacher Aide.
Parents are required to sign-up for FLOCKNOTE as this is the main platform for communicating Catechism announcements and updates. Sign up below.