We have openings for catechists for Grades 1 - 6!
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See position descriptions below for more information about these postions.
Weekly Ministry Positions:
Family Faith Night (FFN) Ministry Positions:
FFN Office Aide
FFN Hall Monitor
FFN & Catechist Meeting Child Care Assistant
FFN Hospitality Team Member
Periodic Ministry Positions:
We cannot offer these programs without the help of our dedicated volunteer ministers (about 160), who are mostly parents like you! Both adults and young people that serve in this ministry follow the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Guidelines.
o All adults (ages 18+) will attend VIRTUS safe environment training, complete a background check, and read and sign a Code of Conduct for Adult Volunteers, as mandated by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Adult volunteers will update their volunteer screening every 3 years.
o All young people (ages 12-17) will submit 2 letters of reference, and read and sign the Code of Conduct for Youth, as mandated by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Catechists: Catechists may be an adult, or a young person that has received the Sacrament of Confirmation (typically 10th grade or older).
Classroom Assistants: Classroom Assistants may be an adult or young person.
For students who are in first - sixth grade, Faith Formation meets one time a week.
Tuesday, 6:00- 7:15 PM
Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Wednesday, 6:45 - 8:00 PM
Registration begins in August, and classes begin in September.
Updates and Reminders
Click below for the latest program and schedule updates and reminders.
Classes Begin September 20 and 21
Letters were mailed to parents of registered Grades 1-6 Faith Formation students on Thursday, September 15 with important information, assigned class session day and time, and classroom numbers. Parents should receive their letter by Monday, September 19 at the latest.
First Reconciliation Parent Enrollment Meetings
These meetings are for parents to enroll their children to prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during the 2016 - 2017 school year. Children must be in Grade 2 or above and enrolled in Faith Formation, St. Vincent de Paul School, or another Catholic school in order to be enrolled for these sacraments. Attend one meeting. These meetings are for parents only.
Click here for more information and to register online
Grades 1-6 Faith Formation Program:
The aim of catechesis (faith formation) is to foster communion with Jesus Christ that empowers the children to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. The program at St. Vincent de Paul involves three main parts: weekly classes, monthly Family Faith Nights, and catechist and classroom assistant training. Click on the link below for the general schedule for Elementary Faith Formation.
Curriculum: Alive In Christ by Our Sunday Visitor:
Scope and Sequence: Alive In Christ follows a systematic Scope and Sequence organized around key themes of Catholic teaching that repeat each year within a grade-level focus, building ont the child's knowledge of the faith at each developmental stage.
Foundational Themes of the Faith: The seven essential, foundational themes of the faith - Revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, The Church, Morality, Sacraments, and Kingdom of God - provide the structural framework that organizes the content of the grade level. These seven foundational themes are also the themes of our Family Faith Nights. Progressing from the first to the sixth grade level, the child deepens understanding as he or she is presented content that is theologically precise and developmentally appropriate.
Catholic Prayers and Practices: As part of the curriculum, each grade level focuses on learning Catholic prayers and practices as appropriate to the child's development.
Curriculum Focus by Grade Level:
|Grade 1||Jesus Christ: Who Jesus Is, Jesus' Love; Who God Is; What the Church Is; Church Seasons; Basic Prayers||Schedule|
|Grade 2||Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist: Jesus in the Seven Sacraments; Following Jesus; Law of Love Sin/Sorrow; Reconciliation; Eucharist and the Mass; Church Seasons; Prayers||Schedule|
|Grade 3||The Church: Jesus as Friend; The Holy Spirit and the Trinity; Community and Parish; Mass Parts; Mission of the Church; Marks of the Church; Church Seasons; Prayers||Schedule|
|Grade 4||The Moral Life: Jesus' Call to Live the Ten Commandments; Beatitudes, and Works of Mercy; Prayers and Practices||Schedule|
|Grade 5||The Seven Sacraments: Jesus and the Trinity; How the Trinity Relates to the Seven Sacraments; the Mass; the Call to Serve; the Liturgical Year; Prayers and Practices||Schedule|
|Grade 6||The Word of God in the Old Testament (Bible): How Jesus Connects to and Fulfills the Old Testament; the Early Church; Baptized for Service and Mission; the Communion of Saints; Prayers and Practices||Schedule|
For Children and Parents/Guardians: Home session plans, people of faith activities,interactive reviews, and games are available online for each chapter that your child is studying in class. This is an excellent way for you and child to work together to share faith, review key lesson concepts and/or to study for a test.
For Parents/Guardians: Articles and videos are available online to foster a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.
Click on http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/family
Click - In the Home and Grade Level for Home Session Plans and People of Faith Activities
Click - Interactive Reviews and Grade Level for Interactive Chapter Reviews
Click - Games and Grade Level for Lesson Related Games and Activities
Click - Adult Learning for Articles and Videos for a Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Faith