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Children's Formation

 

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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 2019-2020:  Family and Teen Formation Registration 

Here is the full set of offerings from Christian Formation for 2019-2020: 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.  CLW is a supplement to, not a substitute for Transfiguration's Bridges of Faith program.

Following Programs have Separate Registration that is required:

Bridges of Faith Family Faith Formation Program:

Our Offering for grades K-5 focuses on building up the family as the primary teacher of faith. This program includes weekly at home activities, small family groups as well as larger church occasions to pray, talk and share faith experiences with one another. Families have the convenience of choosing between Sunday afternoon or Monday Evening sessions each month.
Materials Fee: $80 per K through 5th grade participant; $180 max per family.   Click HERE for the registration form.

Parent Orientation Meetings: Required for all those enrolled in Faith Formation. Parent / Adult must attend. Location: Education Center—Upper Level
Sunday, September 22 @ 12:30—1:00 pm OR Monday, September 23 @ 5:30—6:00 pm


Intergenerational Sessions Required for all those enrolled in Faith Formation Parent/Adult must attend. Meal included during first half hour Monthly Session choices include: Sunday 12:30-2:30 pm OR Monday 5:30-7:30 pm Location: Education Center—Upper Level  Monthly Choices are:

  • October 20 or 21 
  • November 17 or 18 
  • December 15 or 16
  • January 12 or 13 
  • February 9 or 10  
  • March 29 or 30 
  • April 19 or 20


Monthly Family Gatherings Family groups will gather once a month. Scheduling is done based on what works best for the families, and are coordinated by the Family Group Leader. Parent / Adult must attend with child.

Click HERE for Faith Formation Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Sacramental Preparation  - Sacramental preparation is separate from parish formation programs and Catholic schools.  It is required by the Diocese.  Registration forms for each program are handed out at the scheduled information meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Transfiguration Christian Formation office at 585-248-2467.

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. Registration for 2019-2020 took place over the Summer, please call the Formation Office if you have any questions.  Preparation for each Sacrament includes parent meetings, family sessions, and at home activities. Registration for the 2020-2021 program takes place following a Parent Only Sacrament Meeting on June 14, 2020 at 10:15 a.m . in the Education Center, Upper Level.

Confirmation: Confirmation preparation is a two year program specified by our Diocese.  The information meeting for the 2022 Confirmation celebration is Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:15 am in the Education Center, Upper Level.  Parents, and candidates entering 8th grade or higher in the Fall of 2020 should plan on attending.

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. See the VBS web page HERE for more information!

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 2020.

 

Summer Youth Kickball:  All current 7th-12th graders are invited to join our youth ministry kickball team, which plays Wednesdays nights ..  This is a non-competitive, fun league -- all are welcome!  We play at Transfiguration and other churches in the area.  Registration for the 2020 session will be held in late Spring, 2020.