The Process of Initiation
Our journey of initiation begins with parental preparation for our Baptism. At Blessed John this includes the New Parent Retreat. We hope to expand upon this beginning in the near future, providing parents with opportunities to meet in small groups to discuss what it means to have their child anointed priest, prophet and king. We also follow up with parents in the years following baptism with letters to parents. Click here for our New Parent Retreat Brochure.
Seminar in Faith Development
Pre School Years
In the near future, it is our hope to design a workshop on Faith Development for parents of our preschool children. This touch stone would be expected for parents to attend before their children begin formal preparation for First Eucharist.
Faith Alive! Begins
We encourage parents to begin their children's formal faith formation in Kindergarten/Grade One. This year Faith Alive! has a special learning session for those who are age 5 or in Kindergarten. Grade 1 students will participate with their parent in a parent/child designed process that will allow faith sharing and learning at both levels. Click here for a copy of the Faith Alive! Brochure and here for Dates, Topics and Fees.
First Eucharst Preparation & Faith Alive!
Our second graders continue their faith formation by participation in Faith Alive! We begin additional preparation for First Eucharist by participating in "coaching" sessions, parent meetings with Father Herb, our Jesus Night Retreat, and the First Communion interview where the children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Click here for a copy of the First Eucharist Brochure.
Communal Reconciliation, Faith Alive! & 3:45 Club
Faith Alive! and Communal Reconciliation begin in the fall for our families who participated in First Eucharist during the previous year. This year our thrid graders will have their own break out session at Faith Alive! allowing their parents to attend the Adult learning session. The Communal Reconciliation preparation process is designed to include "coaching " sessions, three parent meetings with Fr. Herb and a Communal Reconciliation Service for the whole family. Our first youth ministry events begin in third grade. Students are invited to participate regularly in 3:45 Club. Click here for a Communal Reconciliation brochure.
Bible Basics, Faith Alive! & 3:45 Club
Fourth & Fifth Grade
Faith Alive! participation continues in these years with an emphasis on Bible Basics. These students will pariticipate in Faith Alive! with their families and learn about the monthly topic through the lense of Scripture. They will also learn the fundamental principles of reading and reflecting on scripture using Bibles designed for young readers. Participation in 3:45 Club continues in these grades.
Sixth and Seventh Grade
Beginning in Grades 6 & 7 students attend Impact. This is a process designed for middle school youth that provides faith formation in a middle school youth ministry format. There will also be a parent component to Impact so parents can continue their life-long faith formation. It is important that children in these years are actively involved in Impact. These years are prerequisites to our Confirmation process and participation is stongly encouraged! If a sixth or seventh grade student would like to attend Faith Alive! with their family they are welcome to help in the Kindergarten or Nursery during the breakout session.
Confirmation preparation will be the primary focus of faith formation in the Eighth Grade. There will no longer be a break-out session for eighth graders in Faith Alive! If an eighth grade student would like to attend Faith Alive! with their household they can sign up to be a break-out session aid. Details about the Confirmation process can be found under sacramental preparation.
Teen Fuel is where Faith Formation takes place for our High School Teens. Teen Fuel meets weekly on Sunday nights during the school year and at other times during the summer months. Annual retreats, mission trips and conferences are also an exciting part of the Teen Fuel program. We encourage parents to promote participation at Teen Fuel as a means to continue faith development in the teen years.
Young Adults to Elder Adults
There are many ways for adults of all ages to grow in their faith at Blessed John. Faith Alive! is open to adults with or without kids and we especially enjoy having our wisdom people as part of the process. Other opportunities include small faith groups, monthly contemplative prayer, individual spiritual direction, book discussions, and day or weekend retreats.