Silvana Lucero
Coordinator of Elementary

Christian Formation

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’ final 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!
  • Silvana Lucero - Coordinator of  Elementary Faith Formation &             First  Sacraments
  • Elise Chapman - Director of Youth Ministry: 6th-12th Grade                   Christian Formation, Youth Ministry & Youth Sacraments
  • Linda Mingos: Director of Religious Education; Adult Faith                   Formation, RCIA, Adult Sacraments, and 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 provides children with a comprehensive formation in the Catholic Faith through the use of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. The program consists of:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 Elementary CF Schedule at left

 

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 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 Preparation.

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 Silvana Lucero for information.

1st Sacraments for Children

BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 7 YEARS

Catholic Canon Law provides Baptism preparation classes for parents who whish to have a pre-school child baptized. The baptism of infants and young children is supported by scripture and was practices since the beginning of Christianity. 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 two parent meetings, held on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm. 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 Linda Mingos at the parish office to sign up for the next class.

 

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 First 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 Linda Mingos at the parish office.

FIRST EUCHARIST (First Communion)

St. Ann's provides First 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 First Eucharist includes three parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available).  Preparation for First Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of First Eucharist.  First Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for First Eucharist in the winter/spring. (See "Sacraments of Healing" below for information about First Reconciliation)

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION  (First Confession or First Penance)

St. Ann's provides First 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 First Reconciliation includes three parent/child meetings and the completion of an at-home workbook (bilingual edition available). Preparation for First Reconciliation must take place BEFORE the celebration of First Eucharist.  First Reconciliation preparation takes place in the fall/winter and is followed by preparation for First  Eucharist in the winter/spring. 

Safety First!

VIRTUS: 

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.

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