Sacramental Preparation Overview
Welcome to the St. Francis Xavier Children and Youth Faith Formation programs. We are excited to assist you and your child on this journey toward a deeper personal relationship with Christ and His Church. Ignatian Spirituality calls us to be lifelong learners of our faith. St. Francis Xavier Parish provides multiple programs to help us answer this call:
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is Faith Formation for children 3 years old through fifth grade. It is designed to meet the spiritual needs of the child at each developmental phase and to provide an environment where they can fall in love with God. The ideal time to naturally develop this relationship is between the ages of 3-6. The child who has a deep relationship with God will then desire to be even closer to Him through and with the Sacraments. When they receive the Sacraments, they are not done with their formation they have only just begun, so we continue in CGS to open the gift of the Sacrament they received and enter ever more deeply into the mystery of God.
The EDGE program for middle school grades 6, 7, and 8th is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth.
Life Teen for grades 9-12 is a youth movement within the Catholic Church. Life Teen leads teenagers into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.
Family RCIA is for children who have missed the normal age of reception of the Sacraments and are in 6th grade through High School. After completing a full year of faith formation in CGS, EDGE or Life Teen they will attend. Family RCIA with at least one parent, which will be on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM.
According to diocesan policy, a child must first have one full year of Faith Formation directly prior to the year of preparation for a Sacrament. It is most beneficial for children to begin their faith formation in preschool and at the latest they should be enrolled in Faith Formation by first grade. The normal age of reception of First Confession is 2nd grade and 3rd grade for Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist. The parents must also have the intention of continuing their child’s faith formation after they receive the Sacraments.
Who can participate in Faith Formation at St. Francis Xavier?
Faith Formation classes are open to registered active parishioners and individuals.
In order to be considered a registered, active parishioner at St. Francis Xavier, you must meet the following requirements:
- Registered as a member of the parish for at least 3 months. This is different than the Faith Formation registration. A person can register with the parish on our website or at our front desk.
- Regular, weekly attendance at a weekend mass at St. Francis Xavier. This is shown by submitting envelopes at each mass or giving to the offertory online. Please know the amount of your gift is inconsequential. Please give your envelope, even if it is empty; this way we know you were at mass.
- Weekly attendance is required for all Faith Formation programs (CGS, EDGE, Life Teen).
- 4 tardy (10 minutes late or more) equals 1 unexcused absence.
- 4 unexcused absences may result in a person not being able to complete their program and/or Sacraments.
- If you encounter an attendance issue, it is the responsibility of the adult/parent to contact the director.
- Parents of children preparing for the Sacraments must attend all parent Sacrament classes.
- Failure to do so may result in your child not receiving sacraments due to a lack of preparation.