Thank you for taking the time to visit the faith formation page of our Cluster website. As a community, we are all integrally involved in the ongoing formation of ourselves, children and all members of our community into the fullness of our Roman Catholic Faith.
If at any time you have questions or concerns regarding any of our Faith Formation offerings, please feel free to contact our Director of Faith Formation, or at the Cluster Office (585-473-9656).
Following is information about the Cluster’s Faith Formation Program for children in Kindergarten – 5th Grade as well as Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation
Please Note: The following forms can be found listed in the Faith Formation Resources page:
2017-2018 Calendar of Dates
Model Release Form
Faith Formation Classes Kindergarten – 5th grade:
Through doctrine, scripture, morality, prayer and sacraments children explore our faith in an age appropriate way. Life and faith are interwoven throughout each session to help the children grow in their love for Jesus, His Church and develop skills for Christian Living.
Classes begin in September and go thru June.
- We offer Faith Formation Classes at both Parish Locations:
- At Saint Anne: Classes are held Sundays from 10:15-11:30am
- At Our Lady of Lourdes: Classes are held Mondays from 4:00-5:15pm
- You may enroll your child in the program at either Lourdes or Saint Anne. In order to provide quality materials for our children, we ask a remittance of $50/child to defray costs of materials and books.
- Text Used: We use the Loyola Christ Our Life series
Children’s Liturgy of the Word:
Each weekend throughout the school year, September-June, children in Grades 1-3 are invited to gather for their own Celebration of the Word. The children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer and return at the time of the Presentation of the Gifts. The Leaders proclaim the Word from a Children’s Lectionary, and participants engage in a Reflection discussion-led by the adult leader, pray the Creed together and offer Prayers of Petition.
At Saint Anne: During the 9:00am Mass
At Our Lady of Lourdes: During the 10:30am Mass
*There is no registration fee for this ministry-just have your child attend when they are called forward.
PLEASE NOTE – Due to Sacramental Regulation changes in the Diocese of Rochester: ANY child who will be preparing to receive their 1st Holy Eucharist must be prepared for and receive their 1st Sacramental Reconciliation BEFORE beginning preparation for 1st Holy Eucharist.
If you have any questions or concerns about this requirement, please contact the Director of faith Formation.
READINESS TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT:
+Candidates should have attained the age of reason—7 yrs old & in the 2nd grade
+Candidates must have a desire to receive the sacrament
+An age appropriate understanding of the 10 Commandments
+An understanding of right and wrong, good versus evil
+An ability to ask for, receive and give forgiveness to others
+Participated in 2 years of religious education or attend a catholic school (the preparation year counts as the 2nd year)
FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST
READINESS TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT:
+Candidates should have attained the age of reason—7 yrs old & in 2nd grade ++Candidates must have received their 1st Sacramental Confession before being presented for preparation for the sacrament
+Candidate must have a desire to receive the Eucharist.
+Be able to distinguish Eucharist from ordinary bread.
+Understand the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
+Candidate must be enrolled in a parish faith formation program or Catholic school for at least two years (preparation year counts as the 2nd year)
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
The Diocese of Rochester has a two year preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation. In order to begin the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation youth must at least be in 8th grade when they begin their preparation. The process will begin in the Fall and go through the Spring for two years with the sacrament celebrated during the Easter Season of the second year.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is “the sacrament of Christian maturity.” The candidates must possess the maturity, commitment, knowledge, and freedom to personally accept the Faith that was accepted for them as infants at Baptism. Confirmation should not be seen as a “graduation” from faith formation, but rather the beginning of an invigorating, responsive and life-long journey with both our God and the faith community. Being confirmed is not just something that happens once in a lifetime in a Mass with the Bishop; but, is rather a mystical process that happens to a person who is committed to joining with other Catholics as church and celebrate the gifting presence and power the Holy Spirit has within their lives.
The primary text used for the preparation process will be The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth from St. Mary’s Press along with supplemental resources including the catechism of the catholic Church, the YouCat and other materials approved by the United States catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB)