Our 3:30 Christmas Eve Mass will feature a Children's Living Nativity. Children in Grades 2, 3 & 4 can help us bring the Gospel to life as the shepherds, angels alongside Mary & Joseph (names drawn from 4th grade participants at rehearsal). We will have a mandatory rehearsal and costume fitting on Sunday, December 16th following the 9:00 Mass. All participants are needed at this time to ensure the dignity due of the Gospel story and the Christmas Liturgy. Please sign up using the form below no later than Wednesday, December 12.
Faith Formation is a lifelong process which is centered around the Eucharist. At Baptism, each of us began our journey of faith, a journey that lasts a lifetime. We are called to ongoing formation, prayer and growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
On the back side of the bricks of the wall on the back side of our sanctuary are painted the names of children involved in the Children’s Formation program when our church was built. The parish did this to constantly remind us how important children are to who we are as Church.
At Transfiguration we have many Formation Opportunities for children. Recognizing that parents are the first and best educators of their children in matters of faith, our Kindergarten through Grade 5 program is meant to strengthen and build upon the faith formation that occurs within families.
Here is the Registration Form for Family and Teen Formation Offerings in 2018-2019: 2018-2019 Family and Teen Formation Registration
Here is the full set of offerings from Christian Formation: 2018-2019 Life-Long Christian Formation Booklet
Children’s Formation Program Offerings:
Wee One's Word (WOW) - WOW is for children 4 and under, at the 9 a.m. mass only. In a story telling fashion, WOW will engage our youngest parishioners in a concept from the readings or the joy of the season. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to WOW, which will take place during the readings and homily. After WOW, everyone returns to the church for Eucharist. This activity is free, and registration is not required.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Free, Fun Faith Formation at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses offered from September through May for ages 4-7. Children are able to hear and understand the scripture at their level.
Following Programs have Separate Registration that is required:
Bridges of Faith Family Faith Formation Program: This dynamic family centered, parent focused program is open to families with children of all ages. Utilizing family gatherings, your family will have opportunities to build strong relationships with one another and with other families, while growing closer to God and learning about the faith.
This program includes weekly at home activities, designed for and by you, alongside check ins with a trained catechist. In addition, families participate in monthly gatherings. These gatherings included engaging activities for all ages, prayer experiences, and community building opportunities.
Program is designed for families with children who attend public school and are in Kindergarten through the Fifth Grade with babysitting for younger children and volunteer opportunities for Middle School and High School students.
Adaptive Faith Formation: All Children deserve an opportunity to discover our faith and build a relationship with God. This can be challenging for children with special needs. Transfiguration is committed to giving voice to those who need help and giving life to programs that make a difference. This year we are piloting a NEW program for children with special needs that offers shorter learning sessions, individual mentors and parental support.
Material Fee: $40 per child. Registration: November 2018 Program start date: January 2019. Please check the website and bulletin as the date grows closer for more specifics.
Click HERE for Faith Formation Frequently Asked Questions.
First Reconciliation & First Communion Preparation: Preparation usually begins in the Second Grade; however, we are happy to individualize a plan to meet the needs of an older child. First Reconciliation is scheduled in December and First Communion is scheduled in late April and early May. Preparation for each Sacrament includes parent meetings, family sessions, and at home activities. Registration for this program takes place follow a Parent Only Sacrament Meeting will take place on September 16, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in the Education Building.
Vacation Bible School: Summer: VBS offered in July annually, it’s a 5 day program. Each day includes a lesson/skit along with a bible story, craft, snack, songs and a game to reinforce the message. On Wednesday there is also a Family Mass with an Adult One Day VBS program. In 2019, Vacation Bible School will take place July 8th-12th, 2019. Our theme is the Vatican Express!.
Summer Service Immersion Retreat Our annual week with the Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Corps spent in faith-sharing, living in community, and service with the poor in the city of Rochester is usually held in July. Stay tuned, more details will be available in the Spring of 2019.
Summer Youth Kickball: All current 7th-12th graders are invited to join our youth ministry kickball team, which takes place in July and August. This is a non-competitive, fun league -- all are welcome! Details will be available in late Spring, 2019.