Family Faith Formation Program and Schedule
Our Family Faith Formation program was developed to meet the needs of both students and parents. The format of our program is both unique and creative in that it unites the family in both prayer and education, teaches the family about our Catholic faith, fosters a deeper relationship with Christ and each other, and promotes spiritual growth individually, and as a family. The family program format is an innovative approach to religious education that was initially implemented at Immaculate Heart in the fall of 2012. This program has been used in Minnesota and across the U.S. for more than twenty years.
The schedule for Wednesday evening classes begins with a family supper in the social hall from 5:15 to 6:00. Class begins at 6:15 following the bell at 6:05. Class ends at 7:00 pm when students and parents go into church for Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist until 7:30 when they are released.
Students in grades 4—12 participate in the large group family class with their parents. This format provides an opportunity for the parent and student to hear the same message, thereby promoting discussion outside of class.
Students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second (Sacramental Preparation) and Third participate in traditional classroom education and are taught by qualified catechists. These students benefit from the traditional format of small classes and education specific to their age and grade. “Catechesis based on different age groups is an essential task of the Christian community” (General Directory for Catechesis #171).
Getting Started with Family Faith Formation
New families are welcome throughout the year! Please contact Marilyn Lessard in the parish office (218-692-3731) at any time for information about our program.
To register for our Family Faith Formation and print calendars, click on the following links:
To read about our Sacramental Preparation programs, click on the following links:
The curriculum for our program is based on Sacred Scripture, is faithful to teachings of the Magisterium and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Four Pillars of the Catholic Church are the foundation for our education. This list shows the pillars and year they were taught:
You can read more about our program in the following paragraphs.Our program meets the criteria for catechesis and aligns with the very definition of “catechesis”: “. . . an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 5).
The safety of our students is important whether they are at church, at home, or in public. The safety training program mandated by the Diocese of Duluth is “Circle of Grace,” a comprehensive Catholic Safe Environment Training Program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha. All grades participate in this program. The “Circle of Grace” program contributes to the protection of our students and affirms that they are loved and valued children of God.
An important aspect of this program is that it helps our students identify when they are uncomfortable with a situation and teaches them how and when to seek help from a trusted adult (also identified through classroom activities).