Children's Ministries & Faith Formation
"You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility
of training them in the practice of the faith." from the Rite of Baptism
Jesus’ last words were “Go, and make Disciples of all Nations.”
As Catholics, we make the intentional choice to be ACTIVE followers of Jesus. This includes a
commitment to form our families and ourselves as disciples. At St. Ann, we take this command seriously by providing quality faith formation opportunities for every age and stage in life.
We welcome your family’s participation as learners, mentors, parents, catechists, aides, youth leaders, food providers and prayer supporters. Contact us to learn what opportunities await YOU!
Mrs. Linda Mingos: Coordinator of Religious Education, Elementary Faith Formation & First Sacraments
Mrs. Elise Chapman: 6th-12th Grade Formation, Youth Ministry & Youth Sacraments
Dr. Patricia Clement: Adult Faith Formation, RCIA , Adult Sacraments & Baptism
Pre K - 5th Grade Faith Formation
ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION It is never too late to join! Now is always a good time!
St. Ann's Parish provides children with a comprehensive formation in the Catholic Faith through the use of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. The program consists:
32 Weekly Lectionary-based lessons which are centered around the scripture readings for that Sunday's Mass. The lessons present the key doctrines of the Catholic Christian faith while connecting to Sunday Eucharist.
A Faith Formation Handbook: What the Church Believes and Teaches - This is a useful family resource book that contains all the basics of the Catholic Faith, presented in an age-appropriate format.
Elementary Faith Formation
Sunday mornings 9:45am - 11am (between Masses)
See Class dates on the Menu
St. Ann's children's program includes outreach activities, prayer, music and crafts. The goal of the program is to introduce children to a personal relationship with Jesus, and to show them how to live out our faith.
Parent & Family Connections:
Weekly Parent Guides are sent to parents with a Gospel summary, discussion starters, and ideas & activities for living the Gospel message at home, school and community.
In December, a Family Advent celebration is hosted by the children of the elementary program (open to all)
During Lent, a Family Stations of the Cross is hosted by the children of the elementary program (open to all)
Special Needs & Special Issues:
Don't hesitate to contact us to find out how we can assist with special needs such as learning issues, allergies, sacrament "catch-up" for older children, bilingual resources and Home School support.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD (ages 4 to grade 2)
St. Ann's Parish offers Children's Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday morning Masses from September to May. Children first gather in the church with their families for Mass. After the Introductory Rites, the children, ages 4 through Grade 2 are invited forward for a blessing from the assembly and then sent to the chapel. There, they break open the scriptures of the day with a presentation suitable for their age level. They return to their families at the Offertory.
All children, ages 4 to grade 2 are welcome to participate (even visitors), as long as their parents/guardians are present in the church for Mass. Adult volunteers are always needed to assist with this ministry. If you would like to help, contact Linda Mingos.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Every summer, St. Ann's hosts a Vacation Bible School for a week in July. The program is offered in the mornings, and is open to all children, ages 4 through rising 6th graders. Children do not have to be parish members or
Catholic to participate.
Middle and High School Youth volunteer to serve as team members, song & drama leaders, and snack makers.
Adult Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles. Contact Linda Mingos for information.
1st Sacraments for Children
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 7 YEARS
St. Ann Parish provides Baptism preparation classes for parents who wish to have a pre-school child baptized. The baptism of infants and young children is supported by scripture and was practiced since the beginning of Christianity (see Mt 19:14, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, 1 Cor 1:16, and St. Hippolytus of Rome c. 215 AD). Infant baptism is based on the assurance of the parents and Godparents that the child will be raised within a Catholic Christian household that is actively practicing their Faith and will gradually introduce their child to a life of Discipleship.
Baptism preparation classes consist of 2 parent meetings, held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8pm. The classes are offered several times each year. Check the bulletin or call the office for the next scheduled class times.
Baptisms for young children are held during the regularly scheduled weekend Masses, usually 2 weeks after the preparation classes. Contact the parish office to sign up for the next class and to schedule Baptism.
Click Here for St. Ann's Infant Baptism Page Click Here for the Official Diocesan Baptism Guidelines
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH AGES 7 TO 18 YEARS
Catholic Canon Law recognizes that when children have reached the "Age of Reason" (around 7 years), that they are capable of speaking on their own behalf. This means that they must speak for themselves when preparing for and celebrating the sacrament of Baptism.
All who are unbaptized, from the "Age of Reason" through adults are prepared for Baptism through a process called the Catechumenate or the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This preparation process is adapted for children and leads to the combined celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist. To honor each person's individual journey of faith, we must discern how best to apply the preparation process to meet the child's needs and the needs of the entire family. For more information, contact Dr. Clement at the parish office.
Click Here for St. Ann's Catechumenate Page Click Here for the Diocesan Catechumenate Guidelines
PROFESSION OF FAITH FOR CHILDREN (for children baptized in another Christian faith tradition)
A child must be a Baptized Catholic to be eligible to celebrate 1st Eucharist. Children who were baptized in another Christian faith tradition are never "re-baptized". They must simply make a formal "Profession of Faith" which includes a renewal of their original baptismal promises. This is an adaptation of the Catechumenate process and can be included in the preparation process for 1st Eucharist. For more information, contact Dr. Clement at the parish office.
1ST EUCHARIST (1st Communion)
St. Ann Parish provides 1st Eucharist preparation for children in grades 2 through 12. Children must be baptized Catholic and currently participating in the regular Christian Formation program. Preparation for 1st Eucharist includes 3 parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available). Preparation for 1st Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of 1st Eucharist. 1st Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for 1st Eucharist in the winter/spring.
Click Here for St. Ann's Eucharist Page Click Here for Diocesan 1st Eucharist Guidelines
1ST RECONCILIATION (1st Confession or 1st Penance)
St. Ann Parish provides 1st Reconciliation preparation for children in grades 2 through 12. Children must be baptized Catholic and currently participating in the regular Christian Formation program. Preparation for 1st Reconciliation includes 3 parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available). Preparation for 1st Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of 1st Eucharist. 1st Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for 1st Eucharist in the winter/spring.
Click Here for St. Ann's Reconciliation Page Click Here for Diocesan 1st Reconciliation Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2010, the Diocese of Richmond established policies regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation for adolescents who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.
In order for an adolescent to begin preparing for Confirmation, he or she must be currently enrolled in the 10th grade and at least 15 years of age. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation will occur in the spring of the year in which the candidate has completed the preparation.
All Candidates seeking Confirmation must be concurrently enrolled in a religious education program during the year in which they prepare for the sacrament.
Every effort is made to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for our children, youth and families:
All staff and volunteers who work with minors must complete a background check and VIRTUS training
The gathering spaces are inspected regularly by the Diocesan Office for Risk Management and parish staff.
AED devices, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and telephones are available in the Education building and church.
Several staff members and volunteers are trained and certified in CPR and the use of the AED devices.
Procedures for the safe and orderly pick-up and drop-off of children are defined in parent & catechist handouts.
All diocesan policies and procedures for the safe supervision of children and youth are followed.
All diocesan policies for the transport and supervision of youth during "off campus" activities are followed.
If you identify a potential safety issue that is not being properly addressed, please contact Dr. Clement immediately.
VIRTUS® is a national Catholic training program for the prevention of the abuse of minors. The Diocese of Richmond requires that all adult volunteers who work with minors must complete a background check and take the 3 hour VIRTUS training course. Please see www.virtus.org for more information or to register.