Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) for 1st grade – 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 process 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 volunteers 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.

Grades 1 and 2 or older (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 updated 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.

Children may prepare for the sacraments in either a traditional classroom
setting or a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)   Level 2 Atrium for children ages 6-9.

Grades 3-5, or after First Eucharist, offer on-going faith
formation process using the Good News/Venture Gospel Weeklies series,
a unique program that combines a complete doctrinal
catechesis with the liturgical life of the Church.