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Welcome to St. Mark Faith Formation
St. Mark the Evangelist supports the role of parents in the faith formation of their children and strongly encourages parent involvement. Parents may attend class with their children and if they wish, families may also choose to home school. Parents are also actively involved in the sacramental preparation of their children for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. In addition to elementary faith formation, we have youth ministry sessions for our 6th-12th grade teens, and for adults, we have Adult Sunday School, Catholic Scripture Study, plus many additional opportunities throughout the year for continuing faith formation and adult enrichment. At St. Mark, there is something for everyone.
We are currently offering families a chance to order a copy of Saint Mary's Press new Catholic Children's Bible at a reduced introductory cost of $20.00 for paperback plus $3.50 shipping and handling per item. Hardcover copies amy also be purchased for $30.00 plus shipping and handling of $3.50 per item. An order form can be found in the documents area of this page. For additional information, please click here The Catholic Children’s Bible
Elementary Faith Formation: Preschool through 5th grade.
For 2013-2014, we will offer Faith Formation classes on Sunday at 8:45am-10:00am [English only], 10:30am-11:45am[English/Spanish/Bilingual], and 1:15pm-2:30pm [Spanish/Bilingual], PK3 - 5th grade, and on Wednesday evenings, from 6:45pm-8:00pm, 1st - 5th grade [English/Spanish/Bilingual].
Our 2013-2014 Faith Formation classes begin Sun. Sept. 8, 2013 and Wed. Sept. 11 and continue through Sun. May 18, 2014 and Wed. May 14, 2014. This year we will be using a new bilingual series called Be My Disciples. Please click to go to the website for additional information and for supplemental chapter reviews, games, and resources. There are specific sections for both parents and catechists.
Following Diocesan guidelines, a child or teen should have a minimum of one year of catechesis in a parish faith formation program prior to receiving sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Our second grade children will be in sacramental preparation to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion this year (provided they were enrolled in a 1st grade faith formation program). If your child is in the 3rd-5th grade and has not received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Communion, please call the Faith Formation Office at 972-423-4715.
The listing of First Reconciliation and First Communion Parent and Child Meetings may be found under the "Documents" section of this website page as well as information on registration and fees.
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Please note: If your child is seeking a sacrament, a copy of the baptismal certificate is required at the time of registration. If your child was baptized at St. Mark, please let us know, and we will obtain the information for you.
Home Study Program: Preschool through the 5th grade.
We encourage families to learn together and grow together in the faith as the “domestic church.” Materials and resources are available to assist parents in teaching their children the faith at home. The program allows all grade levels to be taught at the same time. If the child is receiving a sacrament, both the parents and child will be required to attend the necessary parent/child sessions at the parish. Please read over the Home Based Catechesis document for information regarding Home Study materials.
Faith Formation for Families (Spanish)
[includes attendance at the 12:00 noon or 3:00pm Mass - depending on what year they are in]
These intergenerational classes are intended primarily for families with older children, who were baptized Catholic, but have not attended any type of formal faith formation classes and are lacking First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and their parents who may also need to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. It is a 2 yr. sacramental preparation and faith formation class. Please call the Faith Formation Office for additional information.
The RCIA is the process the Church has given to welcome members into full initiation and communion with the Catholic Church. Initiation into the Christian community is not concerned with programs that come and go, but rather with the fundamental values of the Christian way of life –of living lives of justice, service and charity as witnesses of the reign of God - of being Catholic. It is a personal and communal journey of conversion and transformation. The RCIA process is for the un-baptized adult, the baptized adult in another Christian denomination, or the baptized Catholic adult who is un-catechized, and never celebrated Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The RCIA process is also for children who are of catechetical age (7 yrs. or older) and are unbaptized. We offer sessions in both English and Spanish.
Sunday: 9:00am-12:00noon [English] Adults - includes attendance at the 9:00am Mass
Wednesday: 7:00pm - 8:30pm [English] Family - also includes attendance at the 9:00am Mass
Sunday: 3:00pm-6:00pm [Spanish] Adults and Family - includes attendance at 3:00pm Mass
for children who are 7yrs old and older who have NOT been baptized
for children who were baptized in another faith tradition and want to become members of the Catholic Church
for baptized Catholic children who are in the 6th grade and above, who have not attended any type of formal Faith Formation classes, and have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist - another option would be Faith Formation for Families [Spanish - see above]
Faith Formation Staff:
Sr. Esther Guerrero, mcdp, Coordinator of RCIA and Adult Faith Formation, Spanish
Our Faith Formation Program is designed to challenge our young people to become more like Christ. With the help of hundreds of parish volunteers we lead our children and families in Prayer, Scripture and Tradition, Sacraments, and the Life of Christ. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent as a catechist, aide, or facility monitor, please contact the Faith Formation Office. For the safety of our children, all volunteers must be safe environment cleared.