Children's Faith Formation
Rites of Christian Initiation
(RCIA) or Baptism of Adults
Celebration of Belonging
The Celebration of Belonging for 8th grade students is celebrated yearly on the 2nd weekend after Easter. The celebration is an opportunity for our young men and women to publically affirm their desire to be disciples of Jesus. It affirms and celebrates both the gift of faith they have received and the gift they are to our parish community.
The parish program of faith formation for children
provides a systematic catechesis on faith to supplement the
catechesis of the home. All children of the parish are offered
the opportunity to learn more of Jesus, of their Catholic
faith and life it entails. Parents have a serious responsibility
to provide for this on-going formation in faith.
I. Religious Education Classes
The parish CFF program offers religious instruction for children,
K through 8th Grade. Classes are Monday evenings from 5:45-7:00 p.m. at Holy
Spirit School - CFF Office (3920
W Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822). Every child
attending a public school or being home schooled is encouraged
Our Registration Form is available for download. Please
print the form, fill it out your child's information and return
it to us with a check ($80 plus $30 for each additional child)
by mail. Please also download the Emergency Card form and the Parent Volunteer Form and fill them out as well. For questions or more information about registration,
please call (916)443-5442 or email your questions to Patricia@hs-sacramento.org
Children preparing for sacramental reception
must be enrolled and active participants in our parish program
or school. The first step in such preparation is the active
participation of the child’s family in the worship and
life of Holy Spirit Parish. Long-range preparation of children
for first Eucharist begins in first grade.
Presentation for parents of First Eucharist Students
power point presentation
Recommended Biblical Stories
II. Confirmation program requirements
Our preparation for Confirmation is a two year process normally begun during the sixth grade. In addition to their regular classes at school or at CFF, students and their parents participate in four retreats, the diocesan confirmation rally and a family service project. These are essential components to the Confirmation preparation.
Service Approval Form
Reflection on Ultimate Gift
III. Children’s Liturgy of the
All parish children between the ages of 5 and 10 are encouraged
to take part in Children’s Liturgy of the Word during
the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses. Children hear the scriptures and
reflect on their meaning on a level appropriate for their
age and understanding. Dismissed from the Mass after the opening
prayer, the children return to join their families after the
General Intercessions. No registration is necessary.
IV. Pre-school/Kinder church (Coming soon)
For pre-school children Holy Spirit parish offers a “kinder-church”
program during the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass. Open to children
5 years of age and under, this program provides active learning
about Jesus and faith and hands-on activities to engage the
imaginations and hands of little children. Parents are asked
to register their children for this program. Children meet
in the St. Joseph room during the liturgy.
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Rites of Christian
Initiation (RCIA) or Baptism of Adults
The Christian initiation of adults begins with
their entry into the catechumenate – the second period
of the order of Christian initiation of adults which involves
intense preparation in word, worship, community life, and
apostolic works. and reaches its culmination in a single celebration
of the three sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil.
To support the journey of the person seeking
Baptism, the Church has established the Order of Christian
Initiation known to most as the RCIA. This process is a “formation
in the whole Christian life.”
Through a 12-18 month process a person seeking
Baptism is accompanied by a sponsor as he/she explores the
basic truths of the Catholic faith, practices living the life
of faith and renounces those practices or attitudes which
lead away from goodness.
Those desiring to explore becoming members of
the Church are welcomed into this process.
For more information please see our RCIA
Persons baptized in other Christian traditions
who now desire to become Catholics are also welcomed to participate
in the RCIA. After participating in the process, such candidates
make their profession of faith at the Easter Vigil or at an
early time, if appropriate.
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Parents of children enrolled in our Children’s
Faith Formation program and our parish school are offered a variety of opportunities
to enrich their own faith and to support the faith growth
of their children.
A parent enrichment program is offered to parents
of school and CFF children. A sacramental preparation
series is offered for parents of children preparing for sacramental
reception. This series is a required part of our formation
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