Growing in Faith • Rooted in Community
Welcome from your
Christian Formation Staff!
John Thompson, Fr. Ed Kornath, Janlyn Carvalho, Dave Baudry, and Ann Rodig
All SJV Formation Families; School Families also welcome!
The purpose of the Family Faith Formation program is to enhance the religious and moral development of your children by supporting you, their parents, with professional speakers, parental peers, and family activities.
Each session begins with prayer. Children and youth attend age-appropriate formation sessions with their peers. Parents hear a presentation from a speaker and participate in small group discussions. The session topics are about aspects of our faith and how to effectively share them with your children.
FFF Program Objectives:
Empower your children’s daily choices
Build a community of parental peers
Establish a supportive family time-out
We are moving to FFF to
Promote and foster the religious influence you have on your children
Strengthen and reinforce your children’s religious formation
Enhance your experience of a supportive parish community
How This Program Helps You
Fewer times driving your children to formation classes
Rich opportunities to meet other parents
Vibrant discussions on children’s religious and moral growth
Family Faith Formation Program for 2020-2021
There will be Sunday morning child-only sessions for grades K4 through 10th three times a month beginning on October 4, 2020. The sessions are scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and can be accessed either in-person, or synchronously as remote classes on Zoom. (Unfortunately, our resources do not allow for the recording of the classes for later playback.) Following the protocols established by SJV School, the children attending in-person will need to wear masks, be screened by their parents for symptoms before arriving, and will have their temperatures checked at the door. There will be no Monday evening sessions this year due to space considerations. The classes will use the popular Finding God series from Loyola Press that was used last year. New this year is the need for volunteers to help clean the classrooms after we use them.
Our Family Sessions will all be done remotely via Zoom and take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last or next-to-last Sunday of each month. There will be no separate child-only sessions on those Sundays. Family Sessions will include activities for the whole family as used by family faith formation expert Dr. Kathie Amidei in her popular Forming Families series from Our Sunday Visitor.
In addition, we will offer a self-directed option. Under this option, parents will register their students with SJV to access material that allows them to study from any device, anytime, anywhere. The materials are digitized and allow students to study at their own pace while the results are monitored by SJV Christian Formation staff. Quizzes are provided for each lesson, and students must achieve a score of 70% or better to pass. The provider, CatechismClass.com, was founded in 2004 and provides Catholic instructional materials faithful to the Magisterium in five different languages.
Family Faith Formation fees are lower than they were last year. In 2019-2020, the fees were $250 for one child, $380 for two children, and $495 for three children. This year the fees are $150 for one child, $250 for two children, and $350 for three children. The main driver of this reduction is the fact that, due to the pandemic, no meals are being offered with our sessions this year. The same fees apply whether you choose to attend in-person, synchronously, or use the self-directed option. Financial aid is also available for those who need it.
SJV Christian Formation uses the same wellness home screening protocols as SJV School. The form below is the same one used by the school. Where it says, “school,” please read “Christian Formation.