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Faith Formation Grades K - 5, Rainbow and Children's Liturgy of the Word

The church recognizes that parents are the first and best teachers of faith for their children. Our program offers support and structure to the formation that is happening at home. We strive to integrate the meaning and message of the Word of God, the development of a community of faith, the celebration of Liturgy and worship, and to promote a life of service and discipleship.

Sarah Stygles
Coordinator of
Family & Elementary Formation

[email protected]

518-399-9210 ext 241

Maria Yorkshire
Administrative Assistant for Evangelization and Catechesis

[email protected]

518-399-9210 ext 233

Christine Goss

Director
Evangelization and Catechesis

[email protected]

518-399-9210 ext 235

Faith Formation Sessions began in October 

but we are happy to welcome your family into our program at anytime.

Please stop by our office (Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm) for more information. 


All families who were enrolled in Faith Formation last year should have received  a detailed mailing by the end of August.  If you do not receive that mailing, please contact Maria at [email protected] or call 518-399-9210 to be sure that we have accurate contact information on file for your family.  The content of the mailing is available to view/print by clicking each file below.

Days/Times for Faith Formation

Sessions will begin the 1st week of October

Sunday

Kindergarten - Grade 5

10:15am - 11:30am


Monday

Grade 1 - Grade 5

5:30pm - 6:45pm


"Stars and Angels" (formerly called "Rainbow") is offered for children between the ages of 6 and 15 with intellectual or developmental disabilities - perhaps they are in need of their sacraments or maybe they would love to be a bigger part of our Faith Community through participation in the Faith Formation Program. We welcome all with open arms. Led by experienced and dedicated Catechists, we are blessed to offer this unique opportunity. Stars and Angels meets for one hour on Sunday mornings, as scheduled. Please contact our office for more information.

If you are new to our community, WELCOME!

We encourage any new families to contact the Evangelization and Catechesis Office prior to enrollment.

Families enrolling in our program for the first time should print and complete this NEW FAMILY ENROLLMENT FORM

In addition to this form, please bring copies of your child(ren)'s baptismal certificates when you enroll. 

**Please note - this form should only be used for first time enrollment in our tri-parish program.  If your children have previously attended, you will receive a pre-printed form when you come to sign up ** 

Enrolling in Faith Formation is NOT the same as registering with a parish.  We encourage all families in our faith formation program to register in with one of our Tri-Parish Churches. 

For more information, please contact the Parish Office 

Immaculate Conception Parish Office (518) 399-9168

Our Lady of Grace Parish Office  (518) 399-5713

St. Joseph's Parish Office   (518) 346-2316

2022-2023 Program Fee

$65 for 1 child

$125 for 2 children

$175 for 3 or more children

Payment in full is due (cash or check only) at enrollment. 

 If tuition represents a financial hardship for your family, please contact us.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION


Children are prepared for the Sacraments through participation in the Faith Formation Program while in 2nd grade. If you have a child older than 2nd grade who needs the Sacraments, we welcome them into our program. Please contact our Coordinator of Family and Elementary Faith Formation to discuss your child's situation. Questions about First Reconciliation and First Eucharist should be directed to Sarah Stygles. via email or by calling 518-399-9210 ext 241.

First Reconciliation

Parents are invited and expected to attend an important informational meeting to help prepare children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on



Tuesday, November 15, 2022

6:30pm

Flicker Room at IC

This interactive workshop is designed for one parent to accompany each child preparing for First Reconciliation.  Additional information will be available at the parent meeting.  


Saturday, January 28, 2023

10:00am - 11:00am

Our Lady of Grace 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated with our children and their families immediately following the workshop.  You are welcome to invite additional friends and family to attend.


Saturday, January 28, 2023

11:00am
Our Lady of Grace 

First Eucharist

Parents are the primary catechist for forming the faith of their children.  This parent meeting will help parents to accompany their children as their prepare to receive Jesus for the first time in Eucharist.  All parents are expected to attend. 




Tuesday, February 28, 2023

6:30pm

Parish Center at IC

Children preparing for First Eucharist will also participate in one evening Workshop.  Families will have the option of selecting from the below dates, and will need to sign up in advance.  Families are encouraged to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during their child's workshop time.


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

or

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Parish Center at IC

The  Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at all regularly scheduled Masses in all three parishes the weekends of May 6/7 and May 20/21.  


Families will need to sign up in advance beginning March 1, 2023.  There will be a maximum of 12 children per Mass.  Additional information will be shared at the Parent Meeting.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is not currently being offered at Immaculate Conception. or St. Joseph's churches.
Our Lady of Grace has plans to resume CLOW in the Fall of 2022.


CLOW takes place during our regular Sunday Masses and is for children who are at least 4 years old but have not yet received 1st Eucharist.  CLOW invites children in to fuller participation in Mass, by presenting  the readings in age-appropriate language and offering hands on learning experiences to bring the Word to life for children.  


If you would like more information on CLOW or to volunteer to help with this program for any of our three parishes, please call Christine Goss at 518-399-9210