Parish Christian Formation Ministries
Christian Formation Committee
The Christian Formation Committee is one of the five standing committees of the Pastoral Council. This committee, advisory to the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and the Coordinator of Youth Ministry (CYM), is responsible for recommending and supporting the direction of our parish catechetical programs for children, youth and adults. The CFC engages in self-study on a regular basis as part of the diocesan accreditation process, establishing ongoing goals for excellence and effectiveness. CFC meets at least 6 times a year and should have membership representative of those served by our programs.
Adult Faith Formation
This committee plans opportunities for growth and enrichment for our parish adults. Our events are designed to be responsive to the Bishop’s document, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us”, and to address the needs identified in our recent parish survey. We meet once a month. We are a sub committee of the Christian Formation Committee. Anyone college age or older is welcome to serve on this committee.
Parish Lending Library
The mission of the library group is to promote and make available Christian based media materials in the form of books, videos, and audio tapes for education and recreation. Volunteers serve mainly in the capacity of library aides, volunteering about once every two months after the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies on Sundays, after the 9:00 a.m. liturgy on Thursdays and during Religious Education classes. Duties include checking out materials for parishioners, assisting them in finding resources, and keeping the materials in order. They may also promote the library at the monthly coffees. Other volunteers catalog and prepare materials for shelving, do computer data entry, and take inventory. Volunteers are expected to work independently at the appointed time or schedule a substitute. There are no meetings. Once a year, usually in June, we hold an open house coffee and book sale.
At various times throughout the year, there will be opportunities for Scripture Study of various forms (seasonally as in Advent or Lent; an introductory module called OVERVIEW OF SCRIPTURE; or a focus on a particular Gospel) Watch the parish bulletin.
Adult Confirmation Program
This program is for those BAPTIZED CATHOLICS 18 and older who have not yet celebrated their Confirmation (also may include those who have not made their First Communion). This is an ongoing year long process that begins with an interview with someone on the Adult Confirmation team in which the choices for the year's growth are outlined. Call 368-8976. Adult Confirmation is celebrated yearly on Pentecost at St. Peter Cathedral in Wilmington. To serve on this team one must be fully initiated and be willing to mentor an individual throughout the year.
Teen Confirmation Program
A confirmation candidate, minimally, must be presently enrolled in their second consecutive year in a Catholic school (8th grade or older) or Religious Education-CYC program. The program typically runs for a 10-month period. Currently formation is January-November and the sacrament is celebrated in the autumn. The basic choice to ask for Confirmation lies with the candidate in dialogue with his/her parents and Coordinator of Youth Ministry. Registrations are mailed to all registered, eligible candidates of Holy Family. Please call 368-8976 for information.
Sacramental Preparation — Eucharist and Reconciliation
The preparation of children for these sacraments is done IN ADDITION to the regular religious education classes. Parents take a primary role in preparation, in union with the parish. Children must be in religious education classes at least one full year PRECEDING the entrance into a sacramental preparation program. Reconciliation prep takes place during the months of November-January in Grade 2 or older. Eucharist prep takes place during the months of February-April/May in Grade 2 or older. First Communion is celebrated in small groups during regular parish liturgies in late April and early May. Call 368-8976 for information. To serve on this team, speak with the Director of Religious Education.
This track of the RCIA is for children "of catechetical age" (usually at least 7 years old and up) who wish to become fully initiated Catholics. It is for children never baptized or for children who were baptized in another Christian tradition. Parents are intimately involved in the process which lasts at least two years and can begin at any time during the year. To serve on this team, speak with the Director of Religious Education.
Young Adult Ministry
Catholic Bishops of the United States have defined young adults as anyone between the ages of 21 and 39. In the document Sons and Daughters of the Light, the American Bishops outline a plan for young adult ministry to serve as a guide for parishes and dioceses as they develop this important ministry. The Diocese of Wilmington’s plan is based on this document. The Diocese of Wilmington web site (www.cdow.org) has a special section for Young Adults, complete with the calendar of events.
High School Catechetical Ministry
This ministry meets weekly from October –mid April. Six thematic units are examined and discussed throughout the religious education year: Adolescent Issues, Christian Morality, Christian Spirituality, Church and Sacraments, Personal Development and the Scriptures. These relaxed, comfortable discussion sessions are open to any high school student interested in attending. Registration is required: For more information, please call the Religious Education Office: 368-8976
Youth Ministry Program
This program is open to ALL students in grades 7-12. The Youth Ministry Executive Board meets monthly to plan social events, service/mission projects, and speakers. A monthly newsletter is mailed each month to notify the youth of the up coming events. All activities involving Youth Ministry are also listed in the church bulletin. Call 368-5393 for more information. JOIN US!
CYC-“Catholic Youth Challenge” 7th & 8th grade:
This Jr. High, CYC Program is a mini-course model expanding the Religious Education choices for our young people and runs from late September-mid-April. This program has several components of religious education, community building, prayer services and service/outreach projects. Each CYC student is responsible for the completion of 4 mini-courses. Registrations begin in May. Call 368-8976 for registration information.
Religious Education Preschool to Grade 6
We offer weekly classes for preschool (4 year olds) through Grade 6 a number of times during the week from late September through mid-April. Trained catechists teach from a planned curriculum for each grade level. Registration begins in May each year. Call 368-8976 for information. To be a catechist or a classroom assistant, contact our parish Director of Religious Education.
Vacation Bible School
This energetic week takes place at the end of June and is open for children who are 4 years old through those entering Grade 5 in the fall. Registration takes place during the month of May.
The Sunday Child Care Group provides a caring environment in which young children can stay while their parents are at the 9:00 or 10:45 Sunday Masses. The children are old enough to walk but not yet in first grade. The children are supervised in one room in the Religious Education Center by one adult (18 years or older) and usually by one teenager (12-18 years). The members of this group commit to a year of service. In practice most members remain as caregivers for several years. The group's service provides a play opportunity for the children while their parents receive the spiritual nourishment of Eucharist. To volunteer, contact our parish Director of Religious Education.