Church of the
Annunciation

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059

716.683.5254

Family Faith Formation

 “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life." (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae)

The Family Faith Formation Program at Annunciation exists for the purpose of spreading the Good News of Christ to its students and to their families. The catechists are committed to assisting families in the beautiful task of molding young disciples in the faith. As an active parishioner of Annunciation, it is expected that youth are enrolled in faith formation beginning in 1st grade through Confirmation. After Confirmation, we hope that teens continue with their formation as part of our youth ministry, young adult programming, or by joining a parish small group. Faith Formation is a lifelong process!

Annunciation parish is pleased to offer several different implementation models to suit the needs of your family.

Family Faith Formation (Grades 1-6) 

Our core formation model centers around the family and is based on the Diocesan curriculum, Forming Disciples. Students in grades 1-6 are issued a textbook, Finding God, from Loyola Press along with a prayer book. All of our formation models ask parents to participate in the formation process by attending monthly adult sessions. These sessions introduce the parents to the material their children will be studying at home. 

Families can then choose between two different implementation models, to best suit the needs of their family:

  • The first model is our flipped classroom model. In this model students are asked to read one chapter a week, at home, then attend a grade-level class on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 where they will explore the chapter in more detail with other students and a trained catechist. Students will explore Scripture, watch videos, play games, pray together, listen to music, discuss sacred art, and more. For the flipped classroom model, the family sessions will meet approximately once per month during class time. Children will participate in the session for the first 15 minutes before being dismissed to their classrooms.
  • The second model is our online classroom model. In this model, students are expected to log in to their online classroom EVERY week. There they will answer discussion questions, interact with other students in their class, and complete chapter quizzes and unit tests. For the online class model, parents meet approximately once per month on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Community Room for the adult  session where they will use the information they learn to help their children work through their textbooks at home. (students are not expected to attend these sessions).​​ Families will also be expected to participate in a small group activity (approximately twice per year) with other families, such as community service projects and field trips. 

​​Junior High (Grades 7-8)

Students in grades 7-8 also have two options for faith formation:

  • The first option is to participate in EDGE on Sunday nights from after the 5:00 pm Mass to 7:30 pm in the Community Room. Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth.  
  • The second model is our online classroom model. In this model, students are expected to log in to their online classroom EVERY week. There they will answer discussion questions, interact with other students in their class, and complete chapter quizzes and unit tests. For the online class model, parents meet approximately once per month on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Community Room for the adult  session where they will use the information they learn to help their children work through their textbooks at home. (students are not expected to attend these sessions).​​ Families will also be expected to participate in a small group activity (approximately twice per year) with other families, such as community service projects and field trips.  ​​

High School (Grades 9 - 10) 

High School Formation is a two-year program, beginning in 9th grade, and culminating with Confirmation. All students who wish to be Confirmed in the fall of 11th grade should register for High School formation, unless they receive Catholic faith formation at a Catholic High School.

High School formation classes will be in the small group format and will meet approximately twice per month (freshman and sophomores on alternating weeks). Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in Selbert Hall from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Spring retreats will be held for freshmen and sophomores and are important parts of the formation process. They are a required part of the program. 

 


In addition to class time, several opportunities to gather will be scheduled throughout the year for Family Movie Nights, Kids Night Out events, and Edge Nights. Check the Calendar page for current events!

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