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FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM

ADMISSION POLICY

St. Jude’s Faith Formation program has an open registration policy for regular program participation in classes grades K through 12th.  Parents who wish to enroll children in Sunday FF classes must be registered parishioners here.  If a child is preparing for First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation, a copy of their Baptismal Certificate must be provided at the time of sacramental program registration.

Classes are held on Sunday for grades K – 3 at 8:45 am and for grades 4 – 12 at 11:15 am.

Sacramental classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm.

Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation:

Children wishing to receive the sacraments must have completed a minimum of one year of formal religious education prior to registration for the reception of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  Placement in all Sacrament Preparation programs is based on criteria in accordance with diocesan guidelines.  First Reconciliation (Penance/Confession) is usually celebrated the fall of each year.  First Eucharist is usually celebrated in May.  Confirmation for teens and adults is celebrated annually.  Unbaptized/uncatechized children seven years of age or older must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). 

First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Preparation Program:

· Families of students in the second grade or older who have not received First Reconciliation/First Eucharist are eligible to register for Sacrament Preparation.

· Families of candidates must be registered at St. Jude and actively participating in Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate must be provided at the time of registration.

· The student must have completed one year of faithful participation in a Faith Formation program or Catholic school immediately prior to registration for sacramental preparation.

· Faithful attendance is expected for scheduled sessions.  Poor attendance at mass or class can result in postponing the reception of a sacrament.  A courtesy call to the office explaining the absence is to be made to: 352.347.0154.

· Parents may be required to attend a scheduled preparation meeting with their children.

Confirmation Preparation Program:

· The invitation to prepare for Confirmation takes place in the eighth grade or above.

· Families of Confirmation candidates must be registered at St. Jude and actively participating in Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate must be provided at the time of registration.

· The student must have completed one year of faithful participation in a Faith Formation program or Catholic school immediately prior to registration for sacramental preparation.

· Faithful attendance is expected for scheduled sessions.  Poor attendance at mass or class can result in postponing the reception of a sacrament.  A courtesy call to the office explaining the absence is to be made to: 352.347.0154.

· A parent or sponsor may be required to complete a mandatory sponsor instruction to explain their respective roles with their student candidate.

· Candidates are required to select a sponsor who is a practicing, fully initiated Catholic who can attend and participate in the candidate’s formation.  Sponsors are to complete eligibility forms and receive pastor approval for their role as sponsor.  Written guidelines will be provided to parents who will then present it to their child’s sponsor.

Contacts:

Linda Jones, Email: religioused@judeparish.org

Olga Miyar, Email: oemiyar@gmail.com

 


 

rcia

RCIA

  • RCIA Process Summary
    Main Categories of Inquirers:

    Those that are...
    1. Unbaptized/Uncatechized
    2. Baptized Christian/Uncatechized
    3. Baptized Christian/Catechized (faithful and catechized in another Christian tradition)
    4. Baptized/Uncatechized Catholic: must be confirmed by Bishop

    Length of Process: 
    (Note: an adult is 7 years of age or older)
    Determined Individually

    Those that are...
    1. Unbaptized: Lasts a minimum of one year; Including: Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, and they receive Sacraments of Initiation on Easter Vigil.

    2. Baptized/Catechized in another Christian Tradition: Lasts a minimum of 12 weeks; Including: Rite of Reception.

    3. Baptized/Uncatechized Christian in another tradition, or as Catholic/Uncatechized: Lasts a minimum 12 weeks; Including: Rite of Reception.

    Initial Interview:
    When a person inquires about becoming Catholic, an interview is arranged as soon as possible. The interview gathers personal information including a description of current and past prayer life, church attendance, familiarity with the bible, and volunteer work. The spiritual information is used to determine the appropriate category and as a bench mark to evaluate subsequent progress and discernment. For example, if an inquirer describes little or no prayer life; does not have a bible or is not familiar with the bible; has not attended a Christian Church with any regularity, the person is deemed uncatechized. As his/her process unfolds, discernment interviews asks the same questions about prayer life, church attendance, bible reading, and among other things, to determine growth and desire to continue the process. The same dimensions are measured with the catechized. A time, place, and schedule convenient to the inquirer are determined for completion of the process. A sponsor is then determined and assigned.

    First Session:
    The inquirer is given a schedule of topics, a bible, a catechism or compendium of the Catholic Church, a packet of Catholic Prayers and explanations regarding each. They are asked to read two chapters of the Gospel of Mark each week (later discussed in session). The Gospel reading introduces the inquirer to the life of Jesus. The session topics include: knowledge as belief, the Hierarchy of Truths (the Blessed Trinity, the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the Dignity of the Human Person, and the Church). A one-sheet "Story of the Catholic Family" is given and discussed. The 5 sources of Christian Knowledge (definitions) are discussed: Sacred Deposit, Dogma, Doctrine, Discipline and Devotion. If the inquirer leaves after this, he/she has the basics at least.

    Second and Subsequent Sessions:
    The initial session gives the inquirer an information skeleton. The subsequent sessions, up to a maximum of 60 lessons (with individual handouts) put flesh on this skeleton usually in this order: The Mass, The Creed, The Catechism, Tour of the Church, God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Incarnation, The Paschal Mystery, The Church, the Dignity of the Human Person, the Story of the People of God, Kingdom of God, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, the Communion of Saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the 4 Last Things, Liturgy, Liturgical Prayer, Intro to Prayer, Prayer traditions, the Battle of Prayer, Sacramental economy, The Sacraments (includes the 10 commandments and how to go to confession), sacramental living, temptation/sin, original sin and mystery of iniquity, the redemption/salvation, call to holiness, and a Spiritual game plan as a final handout. More than one topic is discussed during a session and the inquirer and catechumenate offer opening and closing prayers. Also at the appropriate time, each session 'breaks open the word' given during the recent Sunday Mass.

· This class is for unbaptized children over the age of 7 or for children in fifth grade or older, and for adults who have not received their First Communion.

· Families of candidates must be registered at St. Jude and actively participating in Sunday Mass.

· A copy of the child’s Baptismal certificate (for those who have been baptized) must be provided at the time of registration.

· Faithful attendance is expected for scheduled sessions.  Poor attendance at mass or class can result in postponing the reception of a sacrament.  A courtesy call to the office explaining the absence is to be made to: 352.347.0154.

Contact Person: 

Rev. Mr. Santos Santiago, Email:  santossantiago@embarqmail.com