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 L1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method of religious formation of children.
- It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church and the educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.
- Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared especially for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they work with to enjoy and nurture a relationship with the Good Shepherd, Jesus.
- We call the specially prepared space an “atrium” (a term used in the early church for where a catechist prepared themselves to enter fully into the liturgy once they were ready).
- CGS offers child-sized models for Bible narratives, bible parables, the sacraments (model altar, model baptism font) and the liturgy (prayer corner, Eucharist corner) – so that they may “do it themselves” over and over as a form of contemplation.
- The Atrium offers a child an area with consistent structure and order from week to week, pleasing, natural materials as models, the freedom to choose which materials they wish to work with and teaches them how to live in community with grace and courtesy.
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 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 L2 CGS Atrium for children ages 6-9, or a traditional classroom setting.
Grades 3-5, or after First Eucharist, offer 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.
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).
Teen/Adult volunteers: 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
Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP
Director of Children’s Faith Formation