Holy Family Catholic Church

“Cherish the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create a Bright Future”

15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
Office: 302.368.4665
Religious Ed: 302.368.8976

Christian Formation Ministries

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.