Elementary Faith Formation
Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
NO Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. returning Sept. 4
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elementary Faith Formation
Our elementary offerings reflect a transition to weekly sessions, with the younger grades (ages 3 years through grade 1) utilizing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and older grades (grades 2-5) continuing with the Family Formation curriculum. Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children in faith, parents will join their children on-site for one Wednesday per month for Catholic parenting education, catechesis, liturgical experiences and parent-child activities. Families can register for session times 4:30-6pm or 6:30-8pm. On the parent Wednesdays, free childcare is provided for younger siblings of students ages 6 months to 2 years. An optional Family Meal is offered (and a free-will donation will be accepted) to nourish the stomachs and the social needs of our busy families. Find Teaching Tips for the Home Lessons here.
Parents attend with their child(ren) on the first Wednesday session each month from September through May. The format will vary each month, but will include:
For the remaining classes (without parents) each month, children will be in their age-level classrooms.
Enjoy an (optional) family meal in the cafeteria served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in between Family Faith sessions. There is a $10 per family suggested donation. Each family will have a chance to volunteer setting up, serving, and clean-up.
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. The church will offer support, lessons, and the tools needed for families to grow in faith together. Families will gather once a month at Epiphany and children will attend weekly classes. Parents will receive materials and support to foster a Catholic culture at home and be a strong witness of faith to their child(ren).
Parents and children will come together to at Epiphany one Wednesday evening a month and children will attend classes weekly. Free childcare will be provided for younger siblings for ages 6 months to age 2 on the evenings when parents attend.
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.
Children, ages 3 – grade 1 will receive formation in the Atrium (which is the classroom for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We will be using the Family Formation curriculum from The Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake as our classroom lessons in grades 2-5. 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.
Every adult is welcome to hear the dynamic speakers 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. Come join us!
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: Assistant (pre-k-grade 1) Catechist (grades 2-5), Substitute Catechist, Hall Monitor, Office Volunteer, and Small Group Leader for Parents.