Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Children's Ministries

Our goal is that all children (6 weeks through 5th grade) get to learn about Jesus in a creative and relevant way. Our programs are age-appropriate, engaging, and fun! Faith is all about relationships and we are called to ongoing growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ. At Baptism, each of us began our journey of faith, a journey that lasts a lifetime. We are excited to partner with you on your family's journey. On this page, you will find the latest information about the many ways we walk alongside you. Click HERE to view our guiding values.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Wee One's Word: Liturgical-based gospel messages given to the youngest members of our church family. Kindergarten children through 3rd graders receive the gospel message at their level through music, activities, and videos. Families with a child 4-year-old or younger as welcome to join in on WOW, our storytime approach to the gospel message.

Our CLW and WOW programs are online-only right now. Go to our YouTube Channel to see our weekly videos

Vacation Bible School: VBS is a one-week program that takes place in the summer each year. Your kids will have a blast while every activity, Bible lesson, and song points them to Jesus. We welcome campers Pre-K through 8th grade to join us. We also always welcome adult and high school volunteers to come, grow and celebrate with us. Find out more HERE

Family Playlists: A playlist is made up of sections that you as a family can do together to engage in faith-full conversations, activities, and learning together. You can choose to do the whole playlist at one time, or break it up into different parts based on what works best for your family. Use one or two parts or do them all. It's up to you! At the bottom of each playlist are additional resources your family might enjoy. Find them HERE

Family-Based (Bridges of Faith) (In-person learning)*: This focuses on building up the family as the primary teacher of the faith. The program includes weekly at-home activities, along with monthly 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. At-home lessons are supported with online instruction videos that include songs, activities, and teachings that you can watch from home. 

Home/Independent Study (Home learning)*: Families choosing this option can gather independently as families and doing the materials based on one’s schedule.  The materials are based on the Sunday readings for the week and the doctrine that can be related to those readings. We will provide all the materials, resources, and all content for each session online through our formation hub. At-home lessons are supported with online instruction videos that include songs, activities, and teachings that you can watch from home. It's meant to help families with the program at home but not by themselves.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3 thru 6) (In-person learning)*: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children based on the principles of Maria Montessori. It is rooted in the Sacred Scripture, Catholic doctrine, the liturgy of the Church, and prayer. Children gather weekly in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.

*Please Note: Programs run from September through May. Registration is now open, please contact Victoria Wejko ([email protected]) for details.

Sacramental Preparation: Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for kids, and their parents to take together. Preparation is separate from parish formation programs and Catholic schools. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Transfiguration Christian Formation office at 585-248-2427.

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 typically celebrated in late April and early May.  Preparation for each Sacrament includes parent meetings, family sessions, and at-home activities.

For more details on the program CLICK HERE to watch a video overview, contact Victoria Wejko for details on how to register. ([email protected])

Confirmation: Confirmation preparation is a two-year program specified by our Diocese.  Candidates entering 8th grade or higher in the Fall of 2021 should plan on attending.  Registration is offered each year in late summer.  Please contact the Parish Office, and ask to speak with Anne Gallagher or Vicky Wejko if you have any questions.