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Children’s Faith Formation

The Children’s Faith Formation Ministry at St. Anthony Church is designed to aid parents as the primary religious educators of their children and their youth and to facilitate the student’s discovery, recognition, and experience of God’s activity in their lives.  Our 2018-19 program begins on Sunday, September 30, 2018.

To enroll family members for Sunday Faith Formation classes and/or Sacramental Preparation, use the link below:    [Para inscribir a los miembros de la familia en las clases dominicales de formación de fe y / o preparación sacramental, use el siguiente enlace:]

2018-19 On-Line Enrollment Link (Bi-lingual)  **

**Note:  If you are registering 2 or more children, please use the following codes:  For 2 children: twochildren or for 3 or more children: threechildren or choose the “Pay Later” option for payment.  Pay Later Option: Mail or bring check or cash to the parish office.  You can also pay with a credit card by visiting the parish office.

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at cmarchese@satigard.org for more information.  [Información en español … por favor póngase en contacto con Mayra Mendoza al 503-639-4179 x128 o mmendoza@satigard.org.]

Ministry Inquiry

Are you interested and learning more about serving children and youth within Faith Formation Ministries here at St. Anthony?  See Called to Protect requirements for ministry with children —->

Click here for the ministry application

Copy, complete and return to the parish office.  

Contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or cmarchese@satigard.org for questions about ministry with children here at St. Anthony. 

Go make a difference in the lives of our parish children!

Sunday Faith Formation Classes

The enrollment fee for Sunday school is $125 for one child, $175 for two and $195 for three or more.

Scholarships and payment plans are available for families with limited resources.  Contact Cindy Marchese for an application.  Choose, “Pay Later” when registering.

$20 discount if registered by August 31st.

2018-19 On-line Enrollment Form (Bi-lingual)

**Note:  If you are registering 2 or more children, please use the following codes:  For 2 children: twochildren or for 3 or more children: threechildren or choose the “Pay Later” option for payment.  Pay Later Option: Mail or bring check or cash to the parish office.  You can also pay with a credit card by visiting the parish office.

Enroll for Vietnamese Language/Faith Formation by contacting Kevin Pham at phamk@hswc.com

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at cmarchese@satigard.org for more information.

Preschool through Kindergarten

Our Sunday preschool classes for children ages 3, 4 and kindergarten are held during the 8:30 a.m. Mass from October 7, 2018 through May 19, 2019.  (Students must be three years of age or older by September 1, 2018 and be toilet trained)

Catechists (teachers) use “Stories of God’s Love” curriculum from RCLBenziger which helps young children take their first steps on their journey of faith through scripture stories. In addition to Bible stories, all programs will include, crafts, snacks and music.

First through Fifth Grade (1st-5th)

Class Times (in our parish school classrooms)

9:45-10:45 AM (Faith Formation Classes in English)

11:15-1:15 PM  (Faith Formation/Language Classes in Vietnamese)

We begin on Sunday, September 30, 2018 with Prayer and an Open House.

Click here for a calendar for the 2018-19 faith formation year.  Coming Soon!

St. Anthony Catholic Community continues the mission of Jesus through the religious education of children and youth. With the Holy Spirit, we are all Disciples of Christ participating in the same lifelong journey to the creator. Assisting parents in their primary role as faith educators, we create an environment in which all ages can grow in understanding and love of God through prayer, service and liturgy.

General Information regarding the Elementary Program

Our parish students will use “Finding God” curriculum from Loyola Press. This series is designed to invite children and the adults who care for them to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Inspired by the life and work of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Finding God encourages all to realize the presence of God in their experiences of God’s creation and in their lives as people for others.

Each Faith Formation student will be given a book to use throughout the year. Our Catechists (teachers) are dedicated volunteers who will give your children faithful presentation of the Church’s teaching. We will help stimulate your child’s religious imagination so they can learn to think more critically and become better prepared to proclaim and live their faith at home, at school and at play. It is our hope that children who come and participate on Sunday Mornings will find a community of caring believers here at St. Anthony, who will help them supplement the teachings they receive from their parents – the primary educators of the Faith.

 The mass schedule allows families plenty of time to attend Mass before or after classes. All children and their families, and most especially second graders and older who are preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion should spend time at Mass in order to embrace our faith fully. Once a student has received his or her First Communion, participation at Mass should become a weekly priority.

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at cmarchese@satigard.org for more information.

Children’s Sacramental Preparation

A Four Component Program for 1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist

  • Foundations of Faith Formation   (Sunday Faith Formation Classes or Weekday Catholic School)

  • Regular Family Weekend Mass Attendance

  • Home Study    (Parent and child complete Reconciliation and Eucharist text books at home)

  • Two Parish Retreats   (2-hour parent/child retreats – Reconciliation in the fall and Eucharist in the spring)

Foundational

  • If your child attends a Catholic elementary school their faith formation will be taken care of at school.
  • If your child does not attend a Catholic elementary school parents will need to register children for Sunday faith formation classes which begin in the fall.  (September 30, 2018)

2018-19 On-line Enrollment Form (Bi-lingual)

**Note:  If you are registering 2 or more children, please use the following codes:  For 2 children: twochildren or for 3 or more children: threechildren or choose the “Pay Later” option for payment.  Pay Later Option: Mail or bring check or cash to the parish office.  You can also pay with a credit card by visiting the parish office.

Enroll for Vietnamese Language/Faith Formation by contacting Kevin Pham at phamk@hswc.com

2nd-3rd Grade

If your child will be entering the 2nd or 3rd grade this fall and would like to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, here is what to do…

 Access information about Reconciliation      

Access information about Eucharist

Parents of all 2nd & 3rd grade children are asked to attend an important parent meeting on Sunday, October 14th at 9:45 AM in Francis Hall for detailed information and to pick up the Reconciliation materials that the family will complete together at home.

4th-8th Grade

Preparation begins in year 2

If your child will be entering 4th-8th grade in the fall, has not participated in a year of faith formation, does not attend a Catholic Elementary school, and would like to prepare for the sacraments, parents will need to register them for their faith formation classes for the next 2 years. Preparing for the sacraments will begin in the 2nd year of faith formation. Questions, please contact Cindy at the parish office, cmarchese@satigard.org or 503-639-4179 x121.

 Access information about Reconciliation      

Access information about Eucharist

Parents with children in the 5th-8th grade who are starting their second year of faith formation should plan to attend a meeting on October 21, 2018, 9:45-10:45 AM in the parish school for information about preparing and receiving the sacraments this year.

Middle School Classes (6-8 Grade) see Young Adult/Youth Ministry page.

Called to Protect® Training for those who Minister to Children and Youth

Called to Protect Training Calendar Dates for 2018-2019 year.

All employees and volunteers who work with children are required to complete the following steps prior to service:

  1. Complete a ministry application form including 3 references.
  2. Current Background Check (completed every 3 years through Praesidium)
  3. Attend the Called to Protect® safety training class (90 minutes held on the St. Anthony campus.)
  4. Read and agree to a written Standards of Conduct
  5. After the 1st year of service volunteers are required to complete an on-line Called to Protect® update course using the Armatus website.

Click here for the ministry application

Click here for the link to the background check request form

Click here to access the Armatus website and access to updates

(username & password required)

Building Boundaries Curriculum

Children in the Archdiocese of Portland participate in a safety training program entitled Building Boundaries. This curriculum is age appropriate and is presented each year to children and youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Curriculum for age level Building Boundaries is available upon request from the Director of Faith Formation.

Nursery

The St. Anthony Parish Nursery offers childcare for children ages six months and up. It is open on Sunday during the 8:30 AM Mass, the 9:45 AM Religious Education hour and the 11:00 AM Mass. It can also be scheduled as needed for ministry needs, such as Vacation Bible School or Adult Faith Formation.

As the first teachers of our parish children, we strive to teach them the importance of being Christian through prayer at snack time, by reading Christian books, and through our actions and words. We offer a stable, nurturing staff to provide a safe and Christian environment for the children of our parish while their parents enjoy opportunities to grow in their faith.

The nursery has both trained staff and parish volunteers. Parents are asked to take turns helping in the nursery on a rotating basis.  Adult volunteers must fill out a background check form and attend the Called to Protect® training. See the Called to Protect Training for further details. Teens are welcome to volunteer as well.

To register for the Sunday morning nursery or to volunteer in the nursery, contact Cindy Marchese at (503)639-4179 x 121

or via email, cmarchese@satigard.org.

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special time for 1st-4th grade children to hear and discuss the readings in a child friendly environment during the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass. A leader, along with another adult, takes the children from the sanctuary to the Upper Room in the parish office prior to the first reading. Children return to the sanctuary as the offertory song begins. The goal is to help young children experience the liturgy of the word at a level they can understand and connect with. Leaders are people from the community who choose this ministry because they enjoy working with children and sharing their faith. Training and a clear easy-to-follow curriculum is provided.

Curriculum for Children’s Liturgy of the Word