FAITH FORMATION 2019-2020
Pre-school - 5th grade meet at Centerville Elementary School gym
6th - 10th grade meet at the Faith Formation Center
6:30 - 7:45pm with optional gym/social time at 6:00
November 6: Feed My Starving Children service trip for 3rd-10th graders (No class for PreK-2nd grade)
November 20: 10th Grade Parent Meeting
November 27: No Faith Formation; Happy Thanksgiving!
St. Genevieve's Parish offers Faith Formation programs for all ages from Preschool through Adult. This could not be done without volunteers. Consider becoming Virtus trained and helping with the Faith Formation Program. Fill out the Volunteer Survey at the bottom of this page.
- Children's Liturgy of the Word at 8:30 & 10:30 Sunday Masses October - May
Liturgy of the Word is offered to children in grades Preschool - 1st grade and is held during the 8:30 and 10:30 am Masses on Sundays. During Liturgy of the Word for Children, young people meet in a designated area to hear the readings of the day at a level more suitable to their understanding, have small group discussion about the readings, and offer prayer intentions. There is no registration or fee to attend.
- St. Gen’s Tots (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Early faith formation is an important way to begin your child's spiritual growth This program is for children age 4 through 5 that focuses on helping children learn and grow in their relationship with God through weekly class time. The children will learn from the Allelu curriculum in the Wednesday classes. This program offers a simple and easy to use at home and during the week to help engaging children in prayers, saint stories, and activities.
- 4-Faith (Grades 1-5)
This is Wednesday Faith Formation program for children grades 1-5. It is our hope that children who come and participate on Wednesdays will find a community of caring believers, who will help them grow in their faith. We use a new curriculum offered by St. Mary’s Press known as Discover! Finding Faith in Life Click her to learn more about Discover! Each student will be given a Catholic Children's Bible, Activity Booklets, Backpack & Folder to use throughout the year.
Open Gym will run from 6:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We encourage students to spend some time working off their energy in Open Gym before heading to class. Parents are encouraged to stay and play with their kids.
First Reconciliation & Eucharist (Usually Grade 2) This is a parent and child formation process with 2 parent meetings, with home catechesis materials. We will be using St. Mary’s Press sacramental prep series and will support you in preparing your child for the reception of the sacraments. NOTE: If your child is older than grade 3, please contact the Director of Formation for a special age-appropriate preparation process. (Thuy-Ahn Hoang at [email protected])
Syllabus for Grade 1
Syllabus for Grade 2
Syllabus for Grade 3
Syllabus for Grade 4
Syllabus for Grade 5
- St. Gens Adolescent Ministry (SGAM)
In the 2019-2020 School Year, sixth through eighth grade will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:45 pm in the Faith Formation Center. The SGAM is more than textbooks, lectures and religious education. SGAM is a place where our teens can be themselves, talk about what really matters and have meaningful encounters with a God who loves them like crazy.
The evening begins with "YouTime" from 6:00-6:30 pm, which is a chance for middle schoolers to play games and have some snacks in the youth lounge. YouTime allows middle schoolers to hang out with their church friends in a fun, supervised setting. We will then gather together to pray as a whole group. After that, each grade will split off and experience the following: 1) Listen to a dynamic, age-appropriate talk, 2) Get to know others in their grade, 3) Reflect on the talk, share their lives and ask faith questions
6:00 – 6:30pm - "YouTime" ~~~ hanging out with friends! Hang out with friends in the youth lounge, munch on snacks, play some game or activity and fellowship.
6:30 - 6:45 - We will gather together in large classroom to pray, read the Sunday Gospel, learn about a saint, hear someone's faith story, and find out about upcoming youth ministry events.
6:45-7:45- each grade will split off and experience the following:
- Listen to a dynamic, age-appropriate talk calling them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
- Get to know others in their grade better through a large group activity that relates to the theme of the night
- Reflect on the talk, share their lives and ask faith questions in gender-specific small groups.
Interested in Helping... We depend upon you, as parents, being involved in the faith life of your child! We have many ways that you can be involved with SGAM! These groups depend upon leaders who can encourage, support, and help keep youth on task. Beyond being a small group leader, we have opportunities for monitoring the halls to ensure the safety of our youth, leading group games, and chaperoning on our events and retreats.
SGAM Events: The weekly gathering of SGAM isn’t the only time we get together. SGAM also has a number of special events including: Winter blast, Summer Blast, Catholic Work Camp, Retreat, etc.
- Confirmation I & II
Confirmation candidates will prepare to receive the sacrament using the youth ministry model of formation based on their questions using videos and support materials, small group discussion, retreat, and guest presenters to help each make their choice to be confirmed in the Catholic faith. Service is a large component of this ministry.
- Vacation Bible School (VBS)
All kids (PreK-5th grade) are welcomed and invited to attend VBS. It is an awesome week of fun, friends, and faith! Kids will experience exciting stations that emphasize the daily Bible Point such as: Bible Adventures, KidVid Cinema, Imagination Station, and Sports & Games. Mark your calendar for next year's VBS: June 15-19, 2020 at St. Genevieve.
- Family Night
Family nights take place 4 times a year on a Wednesday evening (5:45-7:45 pm) starting with a community meal (main dish provided, sides provided by families or potluck), then a variety of prayer activities, breakouts, stations and guest presenters. All family members are welcome! Family Nights in 2019-20 are:
September 18 - Pray & Play...Rejoice & Be Glad!
December 4 - Pray & Paint...You are God's Work of Art
March 4 - Pray & Passion...Stay With Me and Pray
April 19 - Pray & Party...Live Life to the Fullest.
- VIRTUS Certification!
All adults and teens (18 and older) who volunteer with Faith Formation need to be VIRTUS certified before classes begin. All adult volunteers need to complete a "live" Protecting God's Children VIRTUS Training. Please contact Susie Irlbeck at [email protected] or 651-429-7937 to get started (new volunteers) or to update your certification (returning volunteers) and with questions about VIRTUS certification.
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a very special opportunity for adults who wish to explore membership in the Roman Catholic faith or for those Catholics who wish to receive sacraments which were not received at traditional ages. This journey also is an excellent opportunity to participate in a wonderful overview of the catholic faith and is open to all parishioners. We start this journey in late fall and continue through Easter when all will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. So if you are in need of baptism, Eucharist or Confirmation preparation as an adult, we would love to see you!
- Book & Bible Study Groups
Book of Isaiah-October 9 - November 20; Wednesdays at 8:45-10:15am or 7-8:30pm)
The Book of Isaiah, the prophet is the most quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament outside of the prophetic works. There are multiple references to the coming of the Messiah and predictions of Jesus' coming into the world as Savior. These readings are used frequently in the liturgies of Advent.
Materials are available at the Parish Office for $16.
Thank you for a wonderful 2018-19 program year of Faith Formation. Check out this video for some highlights: