Family Faith Sharing
Preschool – Grade 5
St. Malachy Catholic Church is pleased to offer a Family Faith Formation Program for children Preschool through grade 9. The St. Malachy Family Faith Sharing Program is a family centered catechetical program that allows parents to respond to the declarations of recent church documents. The Vatican II declaration of Christian education states, “as parents have given life to their children, on them lays the obligation for the Christian education of their family.” The National Conference of Catholic Bishops states, “Parents are the first and foremost catechists of their children.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims, “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.” As our church documents show us, the formation of faith in children is a privilege and a responsibility of the parents. However, parents need the resources and support of the parish to help. The Family Faith Sharing Program involves the entire family in the religious formation of its children beginning with preschool. Parents with children in grades 1-5 teach their children at home with the help of a parent’s manual and children’s workbook. One evening a month parents and children join together at the Alys Currier Center. The parents continue their faith journey with the help of speakers who address topics of interest and through group discussions. The children’s session incorporates faith development, singing, discussion, crafts, DVD’s, stories, skits, and prayer to develop the evening’s theme. The Family Faith Sharing Program also includes preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation bible camp is offered for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 every June
Middle/High School Program
The young people in grades 6-9 meet weekly on Tuesday to develop and share faith, life skills, and values. Periodically parents meet in the Alys Currier Center to continue their faith journey with the help of speakers who address topics of interest and through group discussions.
Special Needs children preschool through grade 9 are invited to participate in the Family Faith Sharing and Middle School Programs. Special Needs Adults meet once a month. The goal of the meetings is to socialize and be a support group for each other. They are involved in various activities throughout the year both on campus and off. Some of our activities include working for the Halloween Party and Easter Egg Hunt. For more information about this wonderful support group please contact Diana Tomsha in the Religious Formation office (x1200)