CFF for PreK-3--Grade 5

Children's Faith Formation (CFF) PK-3--5th Grade

Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) is a process that applies faith to practical living in an age-appropriate curriculum. It is not meant to be an academic study, but is designed to enhance the children’s understanding, participation, and application of the Catholic Faith. The program is a community-based gathering for children to explore our faith, enrich our spirituality and have fun within the framework of our Catholic traditions.

Sessions are taught by parents and members of the parish who receive ongoing training and support as parish catechists. Students enrolled in CFF study the historical development of our faith, as well as the ritual and structure of the Mass in accordance with the curriculum recommended by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catechetical Level Standards of the Diocese of San Jose. Children actively participate in the creation of prayer services and liturgies for our parish community.

Preschool 3-6 years old uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach/curriculum to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they work with to draw closer to Christ in prayer.

Atrium Activities: Children become familiar with the articles of the Eucharist and Baptism by arranging them in their own atrium on miniature altars and fonts. The children also become acquainted with the gestures of our liturgy and their meaning of the Paschal Mystery: Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. A prayer corner located in each atrium reflects the liturgical time of year by means of appropriate colors, prayer, songs, artwork and readings.

In an atrium the child may ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it, placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting figurine apostles around a Last Supper table or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist.

Grades 1 and 2 (Sacramental Preparation) offer basic instruction and preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Using the textbook series published by Loyola Press and a variety of other publications, all update in recent years to be consistent with the current teaching of the Catholic Church. The program focuses on the child, the family, the catechesis, the liturgy and the Church community in today's world and our culture.

Becoming Catholic or RCIA Adapted for Children -- Children over the age of 7 through 5th grade who are seeking Baptism, Confirmation, and/or First Holy Communion; or who were baptized in another Christian church; or un-catechized children seeking the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation).

Grades 3-5, or after First Eucharist, are on-going faith formation instruction using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies series, a unique program that combines a complete doctrinal catechesis with the liturgical life of the Church. 

If you are interested in becoming a catechist for our Children's Faith Formation, please contact our Director of Children's Faith Formation, using our online contact form or call the parish office at 650-967-8311 x32.

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