FAITH FORMATION OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 2– 7 p.m.
9 a,m, – Noon & 1 -4 p.m.
8 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
The office is closed on Friday.
If you have any questions concerning classes, please call Sherri Collinsworth, Director of Faith Formation 686-9954, ext. 201.
Mark your calendars: NO Faith Formation classes:
Wednesday, October 30 (Harvest Celebration)
Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 25-27 (Thanksgiving Break)
Information Materials For Parents
Diocese of St. Petersburg
Safe Environment Policy
Many thanks to the Catechist for all their hard work in the presentation of the Safe Environment Parent & Student program.
If you have requested the materials related to the Parent/Student Safe Environment Education program, they are available in the Office of Faith Formation.
CONFIRMATION STUDENT RETREAT
Mandatory Overnight Retreat – Student ONLY
St. Leo Abby
Weekend of October 19-20
Sacrament of Confirmation
Date: Sunday, January 26
Annual Harvest Celebration
Wednesday, October 30
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Xavier Hall
Halloween literally means All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve. We forget that Halloween originally was meant to prepare for All Saints Day, November 1st.
In order to focus our attention on this important fact, we will have our Harvest Celebration on Oct. 30th.
We encourage parents to have their children dress as a favorite saint or as their guardian angel. Traditional Halloween costumes are also welcome.
Our celebration will include a choice of grilled cheese sandwich OR a hotdog, bag of potato chips, ice cream sandwiches & Capri drinks.
A movie, crafts, and a candy corn raffle station will also be part of the festivities.
Each child will also receive a bag of candy at the end of our celebration!
See you Wednesday, October 30th for fun, food, and fellowship!
Did you know that there are Children’s Programs available Sundays during the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses? For more information, please contact Roxanne Norris, 686-9954 ext. 203.
Little Nazareth Sunday School (2-5 year olds) is a structured program. Your child will learn a simple Opening Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, make an activity relating to the weekly Gospel reading, say a prayer before snack and music.
Liturgy of the Word (6-9 year olds) – The children come to church and sit with their parents. After the Opening Prayer, Catechists lead the children from the church to Xavier Hall and return to sit with their parents during the Offertory. During their time together, the Scripture of the day is read and taught to them on their own level by interaction with Catechists.
Dear St. Frances Cabrini Families,
We are all traveling together on our faith journey. This journey began for most of us as children with the sacrament of baptism. Faith formation is a lifetime of experiences and information; sacraments and spiritual enlightenment, rich ways to draw us deeper into the love of our Father. For your children, the faith formation season is an important time of grace as they grow in their lives with Christ.
We are blessed at St. Frances Cabrini Parish with a religious education program for our children and youth that is flourishing with dedicated catechists, staff, and parents who support the faith educational needs of their children. Never be afraid to claim your spiritual inheritance as a Catholic parent or guardian by being the best and first teacher of your children in the ways of the faith. Make this the season in which your whole family actively engages in spiritual growth through:
- Faithfulness to Sunday Mass
- Frequent and sincere participation in reconciliation
- Daily family prayer and faith sharing
May God bless each and every one of you this year during your journey in faith and may the Holy Spirit shine upon you as you grow spiritually stronger day by day.
Father Richard Jankowski
The Mission of Religious Education
Upon saying His final farewell to His apostles, Jesus gave His new church the task to evangelize, that is, to bring the message of the Gospel to all the world ( Acts 1,8). The bishops of the United States have pointed out that the first goal of evangelization is to “bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others” ( Go and Make Disciples). The mission of evangelization calls Catholic children “to be formed into disciples through the family’s faith life and religious education.” The family then is the first forum in which the mission of evangelization takes place. Hence, parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for training their children in the practice of the faith ( Vatican II, The Church in the Modern World).
Parish Religious Education programs assist in this sacred duty by providing opportunities for parents and children to develop their prayer lives and their formal understanding of the faith.
The gift of faith, which begins at Baptism, must be nourished throughout the entire life of each Christian. The family is rightfully called the “domestic church,” and as such, is the foundation of the wider church community. Religious education within the Diocese of St. Petersburg serves the domestic church by offering the guidance and instruction whereby each individual can come to their full potential as members of the People of God. Sincere cooperation between the parish and its member families will bring about the goal of evangelizing youth and children, namely, that they grow in understanding and accepting Catholic Doctrine, in their active participation in and awareness of Catholic Liturgical and Sacramental life, their embracing of the fundamental principles of Catholic Morality and the life of Catholic Prayer ( Catechism of the Catholic Church).
For more information please contact the Director of Religious Education,
Sherri Collinsworth at 352-686-9954 x201
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