Faith Formation Program

faith-formation

 

ADMISSION POLICY

The St. Jude Faith Formation program has an open enrollment policy for regular program participation in classes in grades K-12. Parents wishing to enroll children in Sunday classes must be registered parishioners here. If a child is preparing for First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation, a copy of their Baptismal Certificate must be provided at the time of registration of the sacramental program.

Classes are held on Sundays for grades K - 3 at 8:45 a.m. and for grades 4 - 12 at 11:15 a.m.

The sacramental classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

The 2019 - 2020 school year calendar can be found here.

 

Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation:

Children wishing to receive the sacraments must have completed a minimum of one year of formal religious education before registering for the First Reconciliation reception, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Placement in all Sacrament Preparation programs is based on criteria in accordance with diocesan guidelines. The first reconciliation (penance / confession) is usually celebrated in the fall of each year. The first Eucharist is usually celebrated in May. Confirmation for teens and adults is celebrated annually. Children not baptized / without a catechism of seven years of age or older must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

Program of preparation for the first reconciliation / first Eucharist:

· Families of second grade or older students who have not received First Reconciliation / First Eucharist are eligible to register for the Sacrament Preparation.

· The families of the candidates must be registered in San Judas and actively participate in the Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child's Baptism Certificate must be provided at the time of registration.

· The student must have completed one year of faithful participation in a Faith Formation program or Catholic school immediately prior to enrollment for sacramental preparation.

· Faithful attendance is expected for the scheduled sessions. Poor attendance at Mass or class may result in postponing the reception of a sacrament. A courtesy call must be made to the office explaining the absence to: 352.347.0154.

· Parents may be required to attend a scheduled preparation meeting with their children.

Confirmation preparation program:

· The invitation to prepare for Confirmation takes place in the eighth grade or higher.

· Families of Confirmation candidates must be registered in San Judas and actively participate in Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child's Baptism Certificate must be provided at the time of registration.

· The student must have completed one year of faithful participation in a Faith Formation program or Catholic school immediately prior to enrollment for sacramental preparation.

· Faithful attendance is expected for the scheduled sessions. Poor attendance at Mass or class may result in postponing the reception of a sacrament. A courtesy call must be made to the office explaining the absence to: 352.347.0154.

· A parent or sponsor may be required to complete a mandatory instruction from the sponsor to explain their respective roles with their candidate student.

· Candidates are required to select a sponsor who is a practicing Catholic, fully initiated, who can attend and participate in the formation of the candidate. Sponsors must complete the eligibility forms and receive approval from the pastor for their sponsoring role. Written guidelines will be provided to parents, who will then present it to their child's sponsor.

Contact Us


R.C.I.A: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

rcia

Summary of the RCIA process

Main categories of researchers:

Those who are ...

1. Not Baptized / Without Catechism

2. Baptized Christian / Without Catechism

3. Baptized Christian / Catechized (faithful and catechized in another Christian tradition)

4. Baptized Catholic / Without Catechism: must be confirmed by the bishop

Duration of the process: (Note: an adult is 7 years of age or older)

Individually determined

Those who are ...

1. Unbaptized: lasts a minimum of one year; Including: Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, and receive Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

2. Baptized / Catechized in another Christian tradition: lasts a minimum of 12 weeks; Including: Reception Rite.

3. Baptized Christian / Without Catechism in another tradition, or as a Catholic / Without Catechism: lasts a minimum of 12 weeks; Including: Reception Rite.

Initial interview:

When a person asks about becoming a Catholic, an interview is organized as soon as possible. The interview collects personal information that includes a description of current and past prayer life, attendance at the church, familiarity with the Bible and volunteer work. Spiritual information is used to determine the appropriate category and as a point of reference for evaluating subsequent progress and discernment. For example, if a candidate describes little or no prayer life; does not have a bible or is not familiar with the bible; He has not attended a Christian church with any regularity, the person is considered not catechized. As their process unfolds, the discernment interviews ask the same questions about the life of prayer, attendance at the church, reading the Bible and, among other things, to determine growth and the desire to continue the process. . The same dimensions are measured with the catechized. The time, place and time convenient for the candidate are determined to complete the process. A sponsor is then determined and assigned.

First session:

The candidate receives a list of topics, a bible, a catechism or compendium of the Catholic Church, a package of Catholic prayers and explanations about each one. They are asked to read two chapters of the Gospel of Mark each week (which will be discussed later in the session). The reading of the Gospel introduces the researcher into the life of Jesus. The topics of the session include: knowledge as a belief, the Hierarchy of truths (the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the Dignity of the Human Person and the Church). A sheet of "History of the Catholic Family" is given and discussed. The 5 sources of Christian knowledge (definitions) are discussed: sacred deposit, dogma, doctrine, discipline and devotion. If the researcher leaves after this, at least he has the basics.

Second and subsequent sessions:

The initial session gives the applicant an information skeleton. Subsequent sessions, up to a maximum of 60 lessons (with individual booklets) put flesh in this skeleton usually in this order: The Mass, The Creed, The Catechism, Tour of the Church, God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Incarnation. , The paschal mystery, the Church, the dignity of the human person, the history of the people of God, the Kingdom of God, the sacred tradition, the Sacred Scripture, the communion of the saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the last 4 things , the liturgy. Liturgical prayer, introduction to prayer, traditions of prayer, the battle of prayer, sacramental economy, the sacraments (includes the 10 commandments and how to go to confession), sacramental life, temptation / sin, original sin and mystery of iniquity , redemption / salvation, the call to holiness and a spiritual game plan as a final part. More than one topic is discussed during a session and the researcher and the catechumenate offer opening and closing sentences. Also at the right time, each session 'breaks the word' given during the recent Sunday Mass.

· This class is for unbaptized children over the age of 7 or for children in fifth grade or more, and for adults who have not received their First Communion.

· The families of the candidates must be registered in San Judas and actively participate in the Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child's baptism certificate (for those who have been baptized) must be provided at the time of registration.

· Faithful attendance is expected for the scheduled sessions. Poor attendance at Mass or class may result in postponing the reception of a sacrament. A courtesy call must be made to the office explaining the absence to: 352.347.0154.

Contact Us