Elementary Faith Formation General Information
- Weekly classes for children not enrolled in a Catholic school.
- Classes begin late September and conclude by the first week of May.
- Classes are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:15pm – 5:30pm
- All materials needed for the classes are provided
- There is a registration fee, however, no child would be turned away for financial reasons
- Sibling and catechist discounts also available.
Registration fees for faith formation covers books, supplies, crafts, operating expenses, seasonal activities, and related expenses. Payment must accompany registration.
- One Child: $125
- Two Children: $225
- Three Children: $300
- Four Children: $350
For families requesting the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Holy Communion), there is an additional donation of $100. Scholarships are available and no child will be turned away. (There is a separate registration form for Sacraments and a Baptismal Certificate must accompany the registration.) Baptismal Certificate may photograph or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
***When paying online, make sure to add the total you are paying and include the participant(s) name in the notes box to the right of the amount. If you are registering more than one child, include the total amount and all of the participants names***
***IMPORTANT: Your child is not considered registered for First Communion until a form, payment and a copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate has been submitted to the Parish Office. ***
Fr. Chris Tozzi and the staff at St. Thérèse of Carmel welcome you to our Faith Formation program. We hope that you find all the information you need here and if not, please do not hesitate to call or email us!
It is important to note that Faith Formation should be a life-long process and children learn at different depths throughout their academic careers. Children are expected to remain in Elementary Faith Formation continuously through 6th grade in preparation for life as adult learners. Parents should consider Faith Formation an ongoing commitment, and not just for Sacramental preparation. We have programs for Middle School (Edge) and High School (Life Teen). These programs are to help our youth enter into or deepen their relationship to Jesus Christ.
Elementary Faith Formation follows the “Finding God” spiral curriculum developed by Loyola Press. Please visit the Loyola Press website for more information. You might also want to sign up for the 3-Minute Retreat or Daily Inspiration:
The Finding God series is based on Ignation spirituality (Jesuits). This is so appropriate now that we have our Jesuit Pope!
Ignatian spirituality has long been associated with discernment—the art of discovering how best to respond to God in daily life. For centuries, people have used St. Ignatius of Loyola’s rules for discernment to help make wise choices and sound decisions.
The first principle is a desire to choose the good. As St. Ignatius put it: “our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” St. Ignatius’s other rules for discernment helps us make choices from among attractive alternatives. Of particular importance are the inner movements of our hearts. The Ignatian rules for discernment provide a disciplined and systematic way to reflect on our feelings as we respond to God and to the events in our daily lives. They give us “the gift of the reasoning heart,” in the words of David L. Fleming, SJ, the noted Jesuit spiritual writer.
“Ignatian discernment rests on the conviction that God speaks directly to each of us. We can have confidence in our own experience of God as we develop eyes to see and ears to hear.”