Saint John Bosco Faith Formation 2021-2022
"God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever."
-St. Ignatius of Loyola
Our parish Faith Formation program seeks to help children and their families know God and His church in order to better love and serve Him and others in their lives. Through regular participation in the celebration of the Mass and sacraments, classes, youth ministry events, family activities, and service projects, we hope our students not only learn about their faith but about how to live out their faith in meaningful and beautiful ways.
Your family is such an important part of our program and your child’s faith formation. Our goal is to support you as the first and foremost catechist of your child! There will be opportunities to join your children in class; participate in monthly family growth challenges, ministry and service opportunities, and mini-lessons; and attend guest speaker events on family-relevant topics, videos series, discussion groups, etc. See the “Family Ministry” page (coming soon!) on our website, weekly Mass bulletins, and Google Classroom for details.
The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy are the ways through which we are asked to serve God and love one another. We join our students and their families in seeking those in need around us and ministering to them in any way our faith teaches us to.
In the lower grades, we focus on opportunities for families to serve together; in the middle school years, the themes of Catholic Social Teachings are introduced to our students and opportunities increase for our teens to learn about the needs around them and to serve. By our Confirmation Program, students are fostering service-minded hearts by logging at least 10 hours of service a year through activities and projects in our parish, their schools, and the community
Opportunities are updated regularly at https://www.saintjohnboscobranford.org/youthserviceopportunities and on Google Classroom.
Our parish Youth Ministry Program is an important partner to our Faith Formation Program – allowing our students the opportunities to grow in their faith, explore specific questions and interests, find support and prayer in difficult times, and enjoy a sense of community with other parish teens. See https://www.saintjohnboscobranford.org/youthministry for all the things our Youth Minister, Kim Reinwald has planned or just drop by to chat (203-488-1607, ext. 120 or [email protected]).
If you have any questions, please contact the Faith Formation Office.
Jenny Smith, Program Coordinator & Confirmation Coordinator
[email protected] / 203-488-2998, ext. 202
Regina Martindale, Elementary Coordinator & Office Administrator
[email protected] / 203-488-2998, ext. 201
Steve Schambach, Middle School Coordinator
[email protected] / 203-488-2998
Faith Formation Guidebook (Coming Soon!)
Faith Formation Overview - Also see each grade's full section below
(Pre-K & K optional)
Weekly In-Person Lesson
Two Sundays/month 1.5 hour In-Person Lessons
One Sunday/month 2 hour In-Person Lessons at St. Mary
Pre-K - Grade 4
While Faith Formation officially starts in 1st Grade, there are optional classes for Pre-K and Kindergarten students as well.
We joyfully welcome our youngest students into the Faith Formation program by partnering with their families as the first and foremost teachers and witness of the faith. Classes at the elementary school level Grades 1-4 will meet in-person weekly for 1 hour and focus on the Mass and the Bible. Therefore, regular attendance at Mass with their families is necessary as the basis for their class content, especially the 2nd and 3rd Grade students receiving their First Reconciliation and First Communion.
All of our class materials support and encourage family faith formation alongside the child; monthly lessons, family challenges, social events, and ministry opportunities are available throughout the year to help your family learn and grow together.
Please see the “Catechist and Adult Volunteer” page if you or anyone in your family is interested in helping in the Elementary program in any capacity.
|Schedule (Grades K - 4)|
Grades 5 - 8
Our middle school children are given the opportunity to continue learning about the Church and their faith as well as the ways they are called as Catholics to live out their faith in real and meaningful ways. Catholic Social Teachings, issues of morality and virtue, and a basic understanding of Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body are introduced during these years in addition to traditional catechesis. At the end of the 8th Grade, all students are asked to complete a “faith check” in preparation for entrance into the Confirmation program.
Classes at the middle school level occur two Sundays a month with 1.5 hour in-person lessons. These sessions allow time for instruction, peer discussion and interaction, self-reflection, introduction to youth ministry, and service to others.
|Schedule (Grades 5 - 8)
Grades 9 - 10
All students who plan to enter the Confirmation program must attend the 8th Grade year as a prerequisite to the Confirmation years. Please contact the Coordinator of Faith Formation if you have any questions.
The purpose of the Confirmation Program is to inspire our teens to be courageous and intentional Catholics in today’s world. Classes will meet one Sunday a month for a 2 hour in-person lesson and/or video conference. The goal is that our students bring what they learn into the everyday practice of living out their Catholic faith. Service projects and participation in parish youth ministry throughout the year, as well as a youth retreat, are key components of our Confirmation Program and wonderful opportunities for growth.
Students are confirmed in the spring of 10th grade, after two years of program participation.
|Schedule (Grade 9-10)
Confirmation Commitment/Requirements (Sign & Return to Class)
Youth & Family Ministry Hours Overview (Coming Soon!)
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION
FAITH FORMATION Registration Form
Family SACRAMENT RECORD Form
(required for all children entering 2021-2022 program,
PARISH Registration Form
(if not already registered with St. John Bosco Parish)
The registration fee may be submitted by cash or check to the Faith Formation Office, or you may pay online by going to our Online Giving System portal at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/473. Choose "Quick Give" (Or sign in if you already have an account) and click on "Faith Formation Registration" from the fund drop-down menu.
For Pre-K/K - Grade 1, the fee is $50 per child
*For ESCA Students Grades 2-3, the total fee is $25 per student per year (Sacramental Preparation Fee ONLY)
There is a $200 family maximum, and NO FEE for children of Catechists and Classroom Aides
Please call or email the Faith Formation Program Coordinator if you would like to make your payments in monthly installments; arrangements must be made with the Coordinator on an individual basis. If the fee presents legitimate hardship for your family, please write a brief letter to the Coordinator to request scholarship assistance and return to the Faith Formation Office.
Additional catechists, volunteers, and Confirmation Team members will help us better support our students through these various programs, classes, and activities. If you have any interest, please see the “Catechist and Adult Volunteers” page and share your information on the registration form and/or contact Faith Formation Program Coordinator Jenny Smith at 203-488-2998, ext. 202 or [email protected]. The role only requires a passion for children and your faith, and compliance with the Safe Environment requirements (a brief online VIRUS training session and background check).
Confirmed teens and those enrolled in our Confirmation Prep programs (Grades 9-10) are highly encouraged to join us in facilitating and supporting these classes. There are many different needs - from helping lead the classes to helping adults with technology to meeting with kids, etc. Participating teens will be recognized as part of our Student Leadership Team.
Our in-person classes are supplemented by Google Classroom where families can access additional resources, ministry/service opportunities, lesson make-up material, and regular communication with catechists and coordinators. Parish and Faith Formation Program news will also be posted regularly.
Google Meets will be reserved for weather cancellations or impromptu meetings and/or conferences. All other class sessions will be held in-person.
Newly Register Students: you will be emailed an invite with your new username and password during the month of September.
Note: Even if you are currently in Google Classroom for your school, you need to go through your account at our domain (@sjbfaithformation.com) in order to access our faith formation classroom)
Returning Students: Follow the directions below to access/sign into your current Gmail account and SJB Faith Formation Google Classroom:
- Go to google.comand sign in using the username and password on the attached spreadsheet. (Your username is your full name, no punctuation @sjbfaithformation.com and your temporary password is sjbff+the year you are to be confirmed – ex. sjbff2022 for 10th graders)
- You will sign in, accept terms of service, and create your own password. (please write this down and don’t forget it. Share it with your parents so they can access Classroom for information).
- You can then join Google Classroom. Be sure you are in your new google account (check circle at top right for account ending in @com ) and click on “Classroom” from your list of apps (the square of dots beside the circle) or go to classroom.google.com.
- Once in Classroom, click “Join classroom” in the upper right and enter classroom code for your grade:
Pre-k – Grade 1: dyd2i6l Grade 6: i7u6sya
Grade 2: rdpal66 Grade 7: bgcuclh
Grade 3: xtwxbib Grade 8: xp4vx52
Grade 4: i573nij Grade 9: bfwmi6k
Grade 5: x5jhop3 Grade 10: 3dzsxkz
If you have any issues signing it, please reach out to the administrator at [email protected].
EVANGELUS TEXT/EMAIL SYSTEM
By registering for the program, you will automatically be enrolled in the Evangelus text message/email notification system through the parish (This is NOT SPAM). This is how we will get important Faith Formation & Youth Ministry updates and notifications to you! You can opt out at any time.
If you would like to manually sign up, visit eva.us/johnbosco
St. John Bosco Parish Faith Formation Office
105 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT 06405
203-488-2998 | [email protected]