CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY
Children’s Faith Formation / Formación de la Fe para Niños
(updated August 23, 2017)
WHAT’S HAPPENING in the FALL of 2017?
Baptism Preparation for Parents and Godparents, and Infant Baptism Calendar
Parents and godparents are required to take one baptismal preparation class. These classes are offered in English and in Spanish. To start the process of having your child baptized call Andrea King at extension 2648.
We need more catechists for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Little Disciples, and Baptism Preparation.
RCIA ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN—Preparing for Easter Vigil
Overview: RCIA adapted for children is a program that prepares children older than 7 for Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion at the Easter Vigil. RCIA takes approximately one year, depending on readiness.
Place and Time: 3:30 on Saturdays in Lower Brendan House.
Age: 7 and older.
Cost: $20 for books
Moving Forward: Older children who have been baptized at the Easter Vigil will continue in RCIA for one month AFTER Easter to attend preparation preparation classes for First Reconciliation.
DISCIPLES CLUB—October through May, most Wednesdays
Overview: Disciples Club is St. Brendan’s main program of Faith Formation for children. We strongly urge parents to bring their children to Disciples Club from First through Fifth grades. Even after they have received their First Communion, there is much to learn about faithful discipleship.
Place and Time: narthex, chapel, library, Franciscan room, nursery. We begin and end every session in the Narthex, 6:00-7:15 on Wednesdays.
Age: First through fifth grade
Cost: $50 for the year
Moving forward: After 5th grade, children begin to attend youth programs.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION for First Reconciliation and First Communion
Overview: Children prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. A child must have completed a full year of Faith Formation either in Disciples Club (previously Pathways) OR St. Brendan Catholic School before beginning preparation. Also, the child must be attending either Disciples Club OR St. Brendan Catholic School during the year of preparation. We strongly urge parents to teach their child the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Act of Contrition before the program begins.
Place and Time: All sessions are in the Nave, 6:00-7:30 on Mondays (see calendar).
Age: Minimum age 2nd grade, older children are welcome
Cost: $75 for the year
Moving forward: After First Communion, faith formation continues with Disciples Club or St. Brendan Catholic School.
NURSERY—all year long
Overview: Nursery is provided during all Sunday Masses, and at some other events.
Place and Time: Nursery is between the library and the chapel.
Age: baby until third birthday
Moving forward: After your child turns three, he/she joins Little Disciples on Sundays at 10:00.
LITTLE DISCIPLES and CHILDREN’S LITURGY—all year long
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.
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 for Little Disciples, and 1st through 5th grade for Children’s Liturgy
Cost: no fee
Moving forward: Our goal is to prepare children to understand the Mass until such time as they are ready to attend the entire Mass with their families.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)—all year long
Overview: Children’s Liturgy of the Word is provided by parents and other catechists during the 5:00 Vigil Mass and the 10:00 a.m. Mass. It is a chance for elementary aged children to hear and reflect on the scriptures that are being proclaimed during the Mass. Note: the 5:00 Mass and the Noon Mass in Spanish include preschoolers and kindergartners.
Place and Time: Library during the Vigil Mass, narthex during the 10:00 a.m. Mass (Children are dismissed after the Collect and return to the Mass after the Offering.)
Age: First through fifth grade
Cost: no fee
Moving forward: After 5th grade, children attend the entire Mass with their families.
2018 VACATION BIBLE CAMP–July 9-13, 2018
Overview: Mark your calendars. Children ages three years old through 5th grade are invited to join us for a week full of adventures as we explore God’s Kingdom in SHIPWRECKED WITH JESUS. Youth entering 6th grade through 12th grade (in the fall) are invited to be supervised student helpers. NOTE: Beginning this year we are requesting a $15 donation from adults & teen volunteers. This is not mandatory. These donations will be used for scholarships. The Friday offering recipient for 2017 is Catholic Relief Services.
Registration forms will be linked to this page in the spring of 2018.
Place and Time: We use the entire church and part of the school. Time is 9:15 through 12:30, a little longer on Monday and Friday.
Age: Three through entering 5th grade
Cost: $55 per child for ages 3 through 5th grade
Moving forward: 6th graders become helpers