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 1-8) 

Our core formation model centers around the family and is based on the Diocesan curriculum, Forming Disciples. Students in grades 1-8 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 and to the liturgical year. Families can then choose between three 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 watch videos, play games, pray together, listen to music, discuss sacred art, and more.

*Students in grades 6-8 that choose this model will be part of our EDGE program and will not be using the Loyola text. Additionally, those parents will not be required to attend monthly family sessions but will, from time to time, be invited to participate in EDGE family events.​​

  • The second model is our online class. In this model, parents will use the information they learned in the parent session to help their children work through their textbooks at home. Students are expected to read & complete one chapter each week then log into their online class where they will participate in online discussion questions and chapter/unit quizzes.
  • The third model is our parent-taught small group model. In this model, parents will use the information they learned in the parent session to teach their children at home. Additionally, they will be assigned to a small group of two to three other families. The small groups will meet monthly (a day and time of their choosing) for an enrichment lesson and fun. This model is perfect for social families that want to get to know other families in our parish. Assessments will be done by snapping a picture during the small group meeting and posting to the group's private social media site.

High School 

High School Faith Formation is included in our two-year Confirmation Prep program. Details can be found on the Confirmation tab.
 

* If fewer than five students are registered for any class (by 7/1), the class will not be held and registered students will be asked to chose a different class.

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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