CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY

Children’s Faith Formation / Formación en la Fe para Niños

(updated October 16, 2020)

For Disciples Club and First Communion, please contact:

Rosa Connolly

childfamilyministry@saintbrendan.org 425-205-2648

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING in 2020-2021?

 

BAPTISMS

Information to be updated soon

 

 

RCIA ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN—
Preparing for Easter Vigil

 

Information to be updated soon

 

 

DISCIPLES CLUB—November thru June

Overview:

Disciples Club is St. Brendan’s main program of Faith Formation for children.

We will start the classes on November 4th in a Hybrid mode — A combination of Virtual lessons and In-person lessons, rotating as 1 in-person lesson every 4 virtual lessons for the Children of each year of DC. This year we will also have monthly virtual classes for Parents of DC, with a total of 8 classes. The classes for Parents of children preparing for First Holy Communion (2nd Year of DC) will be every two or three weeks, with a total of 10 classes.

Once you register in the Program, we will contact you to let you know the date to pick up the books of your child and a calendar with important dates, such as in-person class for the children and virtual classes for Parents.

We kindly invite and encourage Parents to start bringing their children to Disciples Club from their First grade in School, we would like to support and enforce the Faith Formation of your children throughout the Five years of DC. Once your children have made their First Holy Communion, please continue their Faith formation journey through the 3rd, 4th or 5th Year of DC.

Links:

Disciples Club Calendar:

Disciples Club/First Holy Communion Registration – English

Club de Discípulos/Primera Comunión – Inscripción en Español

 

Place and Time:

The day and time for the Lessons for Children, will be every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm (Please review Calendar for specific dates).

The day and time for the Virtual classes for Parents, will be on Wednesdays from 6:15 pm to 7:05 pm (Please review Calendar for specific dates).

The In – person lessons for children will take place either in St. Brendan School or in the Narthex of St. Brendan Church. We will announce this during the last week of October.

Age: Children from First through Fifth grade

Cost: $50 for the year

Moving forward: After 5th grade, children begin to attend youth programs.

PREPARATION for First Holy Communion

Overview:

Children prepare for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation, during the Second Year of Disciples Club. A child who would like to prepare for 1st Holy Communion, must have completed the 1st year of Faith Formation in Disciples Club (DC) or another full year of DC, BEFORE beginning their 2nd year of DC. A child from St. Brendan School who would like to prepare for 1st Holy Communion, must have completed 1st grade in St. Brendan School or the 1st year of Faith Formation in Disciples Club (DC) in St. Brendan Church or in another Catholic Church.

We strongly urge parents to pray the following basic prayers with their children always: The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, Grace before/after meals. We will introduce the prayer of Act of Contrition during the program, please practice with your children.

Links: 

First Holy Communion Calendar:

Disciples Club/First Holy Communion Registration – English

Club de Discípulos/Primera Comunión – Inscripción en Español

First Holy Communion School Registration

Place and Time:

The day and time for the Lessons for Children, will be every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm (Please review Calendar for specific dates).

For St. Brendan School Children, the lessons will be given every Wednesday during school hours.

The day and time for the Virtual classes for Parents, will be on Wednesdays from 6:15 pm to 7:05 pm (Please review Calendar for specific dates).

Age: Minimum age 2nd grade, older children are welcome

Cost: $75 for the year

Moving forward: After First Holy Communion, faith formation continues with Disciples Club or St. Brendan Catholic School.

NURSERY—all year long

(Cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19)

Overview: Nursery is provided during all Sunday Masses, and at some other events.

Links:

Nursery Registration

Place and Time: Nursery is between the library and the chapel.

Age: baby until third birthday

Cost: none

Moving forward: After your child turns three, he/she joins Little Disciples on Sundays at 10:00 am.

LITTLE DISCIPLES—all year long

(Cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19)

Overview: Little Disciples is provided by parents and other catechists during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. The Little Disciples format includes story, craft, drama, coloring, and singing.

Links:

Little-Disciples-Registration

Place and Time: Meeting in the library after dismissal from the 10 a.m. Mass. (Children are dismissed after the Collect and return to the Mass as the Offering is brought forward.)

Age: Three through Kindergarten.

Cost: no fee

Moving forward: Our goal is to prepare children for the Mass with age-appropriate learning until they reach first grade. First graders and older attend the entire Mass with their families.