Registration for Faith Formation for the 2017-2018 year is now open. Attendance at a preliminary parent meeting is required for parents of students entering Level 2 and Level 8. Please contact the Faith Formation office ASAP if you have not attended the Level appropriate meeting. Registration packets are available outside of the Faith Formation Office, or by using the links below:
- Faith Formation Family Handbook, 2017-2018
- Faith Formation Calendar, 2017-2018
- Faith Formation Registration Form, 2017-2018
- Confirmation Agreement 2017-2018
Our Level 4 students collected supplies and food
for the Hazleton Animal Shelter!
REMINDER: Students are expected to be in attendance for the entire Faith Formation class! We have had several students leaving early the past two weeks, and missing half of the class. We are respectful of emergencies and extenuating circumstances, but as stated in the handbook, early dismissals due to sports are NOT excused, and repeated absences and early dismissals due to sports may result in grade level retention and in some cases, students not being able to receive a sacrament. We ask that parents not go directly to their child’s classroom, but to the office, in the event that your child must be dismissed early. THANK YOU for your cooperation in this!
Parents are asked to please wait in the hallway outside of the Faith Formation classroom area for the dismissal bell to ring. This is for the safety of our students, and also to allow our dedicated teachers to complete their lessons without disruption. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to explore efficient ways to handle dismissal in a way that benefits everyone!
Click here for 2016-2017 Student Handbook
Click here for 2016-2017 Calendar
Click here for 2016-2017 Registration Form
Cave Quest Spotlight VBS videos are here! Please enjoy a little peek at what we did each day during our 2016 Vacation Bible Camp! Thank you to MMI 9th grader,
Macy Zenier for creating such nice memories for us!
Day 2: Jesus Gives us Courage! click here
Day 3: Jesus Gives us Direction! click here
Day 4: Jesus Give us Love! click here
Day 5: Jesus Gives us His Power! click here
THANK YOU to all who baked, sold, purchased, or helped in any way with our Family Bake Sale this past weekend! Almost $600 was raised, and will be split between the Missionary Childhood Association and the Remembering Ryanne Cara Foundation. Please continue to watch the display board outside of the Faith Formation office for more pictures, as well as information about upcoming family service projects and activities!
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children ages 3 years old-5th grade are invited to join us, year round, for the Children's Liturgy of the Word during the 9:00 am mass! Children will be dismissed from mass following the Opening Prayer with an adult leader who will share age appropriate readings and the gospel with our young children, and help them to understand the Word through age appropriate songs, activities, and experiences! Children return to join their families in the church following the Profession of Faith.
**We welcome new volunteers to lead our Children's Liturgy of the Word! Please contact the Faith Formation office if you would be interested in participating!**
St. John Bosco Faith at Home!
We are excited to offer families a way to continue to support and guide your child in their faith experiences at home!
Our Traveling Saints program is back! Beginning next weekend all families are encouraged to invite a “saint” into your home for a week. Prayer books, bags and statues are given out to families whose names are chosen each week. What a great way to make faith come alive for your child!
Our “Book Bags” program is new this year, and based on the “Pray Me a Story” program started by Loyola Press. Students will take home a “Book Bag” that includes a children’s book (some titles include How Full is Your Bucket, Rainbow Fish, Everybody Needs a Rock, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and more!) and a guide that will walk you and your child through reading the story, reflecting on a piece of scripture that corresponds with the story, and engaging in prayer! This is a great and age appropriate way for children to connect their faith with their day to day lives!
FAMILIES: Please continue to check our website for Registration information for the 2016-2017 year!
CATECHISTS: Click here for a PDF of Level 1-8 Lesson Plan
Faith is like a garden. For it to be productive, a garden needs tending. For faith to be strong, it must be nurtured. It isn't enough to simply plant the seeds of faith in the mind and heart of a child. It is our responsibility to help them take root and grow, to shed light and warmth and to shelter them from the cold wind of a secular culture until they're strong enough to sustain themselves. We recognize that parents are the primary educators of children in matters of faith. Our goal is to support them and help them succeed in that role.
Our Faith Formation program for children is a dynamic, comprehensive, Christ-centered curriculum taught by dedicated servant-leaders. Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for children to grow in the knowledge and understanding of their faith in the company of their classmates as well as individually. With the support of our parish family, we engage our students in an educational process where each child will come to know God ever more fully and bear witness to His love throughout all of their lives.
Every Sunday, we invite our youngest members to participate with their families in our "Children's Liturgy of the Word" during 9 o'clock Mass. It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate together and to meet Jesus anew through the eyes of our children. And it is equally important for them to be completely comfortable as they hear and begin to absorb the Word of God.
Children and youth in first through eighth grade are invited to participate in our religious education program. Our schedule closely follows the academic year, beginning in September and ending in May. Classes are held on Sunday mornings, following the 9 o'clock Liturgy. Faith formation is always more successful if attendance is consistent. Regular attendance helps children learn, become part of their class and develop a sense of community. Belonging to a community is central to what it means to be Catholic.
Diocesan guidelines require students to attend two years of religious education prior to receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. They must satisfactorily complete Levels three through eight, prior to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated in the second level. First Reconciliation takes place in December and First Eucharist in April or May. A special day of retreat for First Communicants and their parents is held in March. Our Crowning of the Blessed Mother takes place in May.
Confirmation is received during eighth level. Students prepare intensively for this sacrament in the seventh and eighth levels by studying the Sacraments, the laws of the Church and the teachings of Jesus. Candidates for Confirmation are expected to perform community and church service and are required to meet Spiritual Formation Requirements.
For more complete details, please contact Carla Bednar, Director of Faith Formation at 570-788-1997, Option 6, or via e-mail.
To continue your child's faith learning at home, please visit: http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/