Welcome to St. Gabriel's Elementary Faith Formation!
Our elementary Faith Formation program is designed to aid in fostering the Catholic faith for children in Kindergarten to Fifth grade. These weekly classes are designed to be supplementary to living the faith at home through prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments. As you could imagine, no professional athlete became a professional from training only an hour a week. Just the same, we may not all be professional athletes, but, we are all called to be saints and on our journey to heaven it requires more of us than an hour of class each week!
Enrollment is required each year (there is no automatic re-enrollment) and spots are not reserved or guaranteed until the registration process has been completed.
For our in-class instruction, we use Alive in Christ workbooks from Our Sunday Visitor. This curriculum covers and integrates Sacred Scripture in each lesson, showcases the importance of putting our faith in practice and living as Catholics outside of the church and classroom, and recognize Christ as the center, laying the foundation for forming a personal relationship with Him. Each grade level covers these topics and more in a developmentally appropriate and responsive way.
Students are placed in grade-level classes with no more than 12 students. They not only get to grow as individuals, but make friends with other children from our parish. Classes meet once a week. Our catechists and classroom aides are volunteers who graciously offer their time and talent to teach the children of our parish. Any adult that helps in Faith Formation completes a background check and the diocesan safe environment training.
Our program strives to aid and equip parents as the primary catechists in their children's lives. Our goal is to provide our families with the tools and coaching they need to enrich the faith growth of their children.