Elementary Faith Formation
Saturday - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Elementary Faith Formation
Family Faith is a fresh approach to elementary faith formation. By God’s design, parents are the primary catechists of their children. At Epiphany, we recognize the importance of the parents’ role and want to partner with them in passing on the faith to our youngest Catholics. Between on-site sessions, parents will be asked to teach their children at home. The lessons given through our Family Faith program will make this easy, fun, and will greatly enrich all families.
Parents and children gather at Epiphany 1-2 Wednesdays per month from September through May for on-site catechesis. During this time there will be something for everyone…
Enjoy an (optional) family meal in the cafeteria from 5:00-5:45 PM before Family Faith begins. There is a $10 per family suggested donation. Each family will have a chance to volunteer setting up, serving, and clean-up.
Did you know younger siblings of students enrolled in Family Faith can sign-up for complimentary preschool and nursery care on Wednesday nights? Sign up here!
Your family does! At Epiphany, we want to form a partnership with parents as we all strive to pass on the faith to our young Catholics (grades K-5). The church will offer support, lessons, and the tools needed for families to grow in faith together. Families will gather twice a month at Epiphany and parents will teach the remaining lessons at home. Parents will get to decide the when, where, and how of teaching the home lessons to their children.
Family Faith is for families with children in grades K-5. Parents and children will gather for group lessons at Epiphany 1 or 2 Wednesday evenings a month. Free childcare will be provided for younger siblings during this time. Nursery Care for ages 6 months to age 2. Atrium for ages 3 and 4.
Absolutely! Family Faith is a beautiful way to complement what your children are learning about their faith at Epiphany school. Family Faith is open to all families and all members of Epiphany. Come grow with us!
Children in second grade will still be preparing for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The curriculum taught during the second grade Family Faith sessions will focus on preparing for these sacraments. In addition to the Family Faith classes, there will be several other meetings, practices, and celebrations throughout the year. Obtain more information on First Sacraments.
We are excited to add parent/adult catechesis to our elementary faith formation program. Why is this so important? During a child’s baptism, parents are asked the following: “You have asked to have your children baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” Many parents do understand what they are undertaking but have never been given the tools to know how to do this. By God’s design, parents are the first—and most effective—catechists of their children. The Family Faith program will include dynamic speakers who will catechize the parents so they, in turn, can help their children grow in the practice of the faith. Parents will feel confident in the information and materials provided by the church, so they can successfully teach the home lessons to their children.
We will be using the Family Formation curriculum from The Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake. This program has been around for 25 years and received the imprimatur from Archbishop Harry Flynn in 2007. The curriculum is well-written, packed with truth, and is easy to pass on to the children. The materials are based on the three year liturgical cycle and points families to what is happening in the Church. It is driven by Sacred Scripture, is faithful to the teaching of the Magisterium, and references the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This sounds pretty serious, but it is put together in such a way that it can be a lot of fun. In fact, many children beg their parents for more!
Catechists in our Family Faith program will be highly supported. We don’t want you to miss out on anything! Because of this, our catechists will have a chance to gather the week prior to when the families come. During this time, catechists will be the first to hear the dynamic speaker, to build community, and to get support—both for home lessons (if parents) and for class lessons. In fact, catechists will get monthly specialized training in a retreat-like atmosphere! The Family Formation lessons will be clear and you will be given the tools needed to successfully pass on the faith to our parish children.
Every adult is welcome to hear the dynamic speaker and to grow in community on Family Faith nights. While parents will be given specific directions on how to teach their children, others may want to come to glean ideas of how to share the faith with grandchildren or Godchildren. While only those enrolled in Family Faith will get the monthly home lessons, much can be gained at our monthly and bi-monthly meetings. Come join us!
Be at peace. If you are coming to the onsite sessions, you will be well-supported. Fr. David Hennen, a past Epiphany priest, is now the pastor at St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo, MN. With much success, he started using the Family Formation program at his parish 3 years ago. Here is an excerpt taken from a letter he wrote to Epiphany parishioners when he discovered we were going to adopt this program… “The biggest fear for the parents was their lack of confidence in teaching their own children. I can assure you that the home lessons are written in such a way that any parent will be able to teach their children. In fact, parents are feeling empowered as they learn more about their own faith and are actively involved in the formation of their children.” We believe this will greatly enrich the lives of your entire family.
We will not leave you stranded! All parents are given the graces necessary to lead their children to our Heavenly Father. The additional effectiveness of family-based catechesis is a wonderful blessing to families in these more difficult situations. The clear, simple explanations of the Faith as presented in Family Formation lessons are a great way for a non-Catholic parent to learn about Catholicism and to have their questions answered.
Thank you for you interest in wanting to help our Family Faith program to flourish. We will have plenty of volunteer opportunities for our parishioners. Here are some of the ways you can help: Catechist (grades K-5), Substitute Catechist, Hall Monitor, Office Volunteer, and Small Group Leader for Parents. All Wednesday evening volunteers will be invited to hear the speaker at the Catechist In-service earlier in the month so as not to miss the teaching and home lesson orientation. More information about this will be available this summer.