Elementary Faith Formation

Elementary Faith Formation Main Office Number: (919) 468 - 6120

Martha Waltersdorf, Program Coordinator mwaltersdorf@stmichaelcary.org

Click here to register for Elementary Faith Formation, Grades Kindergarten through Grade 5

On-line registration and early bird discounts available only through August 15th

If you prefer doing your registration in hard copy paper form, you can visit the parish office for forms or download and print the forms and bring them to the office with your payment.  Click here to download the registration form for Elementary Faith formation Grades K - 5

-A-Glance Calendar

Policies/Procedures

Permanent Record Form

First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Family Covenant Agreement

Special Needs Questionnaire

Stewardship Form

Faith Formation Fee Schedule 2014-15

GENERAL INFORMATION


The Elementary Faith Formation program at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church is a ‘family centered’ program that serves children and families from age 4 until completion of the 5th grade.   It is ‘family centered’ in that the goal is to catechize the entire family. The National Catechetical Directory calls us as catechetical leaders to bridge the gap between Liturgy, the classroom, and the home: the domestic church. At Baptism parents take an oath to raise their children in the faith.  The Church tells us that the parents are the first and best teachers of their children in matters of faith.  Our role as catechists is to not only teach the children, but support the ongoing faith formation of the parents.

Parish membership is required in order to register in the Faith Formation programs here at St. Michael. To become a member of the parish you must complete a registration card.  Please return to the home page of the parish website and/or call 919-468-6100.

 

Families Preparing for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist: 

Please note some of the additional events to plan for: Dates will be published by September
~Two informational evening meetings (parents only)   MANDATORY
~Celebration of First Reconciliation (child and parent)
~First Eucharist Workshop (child and parent)    MANDATORY
~Celebration of First Eucharist (child, parent, and invited guests)

Parents are also required to read/study a take-home book for each Sacrament with the child and return the book completion form to the teacher/office.

First Sacrament Parents:  Please provide a copy of the candidate’s Baptismal Certificate to the Faith Formation Office. If your child was baptized here at St. Michael please note that on your registration page.  A completed Permanent Record Form and First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Family Covenant Agreement are also required for First Sacraments.

The Parish Main Office is open Mondays from 11 A.M. until 7 P.M., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and Fridays from 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. The hours of the Faith Formation office vary.

Questions? Contact:

Elementary (Grades K-5) Martha Waltersdorf, (919) 468-6120 or by email mwaltersdorf@stmichaelcary.org

Middle School (EDGE) & High School Life Teen (including Confirmation Preparation) - Jeanne Lewin, 919-468-6131 or by email  jlewin@stmichaelcary.org

Faith Formation Office Administrative Assistant, Jeanne Berent 919-468-6100 ext. 109  jberent@stmichaelcary.org    

Director of Faith Formation, Mary DiSano 919-468-6134 or by email mdisano@stmichaelcary.org 

 

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION CLASS DAYS AND TIMES
 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS


Please note you will need to call or e-mail the office before registering your child under these circumstances:
 

- If you have a school-age child, 8 or older, who has not been baptized Roman Catholic.

- If you have a baptized child entering 2nd grade anticipating First Eucharist who has never attended any form of religious instruction.  Completion of first grade is required to be prepared for the sacraments in second grade.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

If you have a baptized child in a grade beyond 2nd who has not made First Reconciliation or First Eucharist.

Together we will determine the best class to help you prepare your child for his/her sacraments.  

ALL ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED TO AND FROM CLASS BY AN ADULT.


 

SPECIAL CLASSES
 

Intermediate Sacramental Preparation (Year 2) – A child who was baptized Roman Catholic, but did not receive First Reconciliation/First Eucharist in the child’s second grade year is placed in his/her grade appropriate class for Year 1 of formal catechetical instruction.  The following year, the child enters Year 2 of Intermediate Sacramental Preparation.  Class offered Tuesdays from 5:00 -6:15 PM.
 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) - A process designed for children in Grade 3 or older who were baptized in Protestant faiths OR were never Baptized and now come to our parish to become Catholic Christians.  The Catholic Church recognizes them as a Candidate.  A class of special instruction is offered on Tuesdays at 5:00  PM. to prepare them for the sacraments of Baptism (if needed), Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  At Easter time, the Candidate is Baptized or makes a profession of faith, receives the sacrament of Confirmation, and then receives First Eucharist at the same Mass.

Off-Site - Classes that are initiated and organized by groups of parents and students who usually live in the same neighborhood or area.  These are taught by catechists in their own homes.  Please call Martha Waltersdorf for more information at 919-468-6120.

Home Schooling - Parents act as their own child’s catechist using materials provided by the Faith Formation Office. Please call Martha Waltersdorf for more information at 919-468-6120.  Not available for second grade students, Intermediate Sacramental Preparation or RCIC.

Home-School parents and Off-Site teachers/catechists will pick up materials at a scheduled time in early September.

Special Needs - We are dedicated to providing a supportive learning environment for all children.  In order for us to better serve your child, please complete the Special Needs Questionnaire (link to Special Needs form) letting us know more about your child. We have catechists experienced with special needs children.


REGISTRATION FEES

Elementary Faith Formation: Early Registration (before August 15th) $75. After August 29, $100 per child

    *First Communion Year - $30 (Additional fees cover materials and activities)

Catechist discount $25 off total family fees

 

Stewardship Opportunities at St. Michael’s
 

The expression, “It takes a Village…” is certainly true for our Faith Community. How will you help us this year? We ask each family to give a minimum of 4 hours of time and talent to our program.  We have jobs for everyone with all ranges of time and skills to offer.  The success of our program depends on the enthusiasm and efforts of our volunteers.  Volunteer as a….catechist, co-catechist, substitute, hall monitor, child care help, or clerical support.   No class will be held without 2 adults in the classroom.  (link to Stewardship Form) Please help us make this the best year ever. Call for opportunities and suggestions.

When we give of our time and talent we are actively involved in the Church’s mission. We are looking forward to working with you.

 

Thank you for your support!