575 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708 (407) 699-5683

Youth Faith Formation

for children and Teens starting from
Pre-Kindergarten to 10th Grade.

Formal religious instruction should begin when a child is entering the 1st grade and continue through Confirmation. 

Pre-K and kindergarten classes are offered additionally, but enrollment in this program is optional.

Continuous participation in religious education classes through and beyond the sacrament years will nourish their spiritual growth in our Catholic faith. 

Parents are the first and most important teachers and examples of our Catholic beliefs and so we are counting on you to be involved in your child’s faith formation. Regular attendance at Mass with your children is vital to your child’s faith development.

Class Information

Little Lambs, Pre-K & Kindergarten

Sunday mornings 9:00-10:00 am for children ages 3, 4, and 5. The pre-school and kindergarten program allows children to explore God’s love through creative arts and crafts, storytelling, play and prayer, and the teachings of Jesus. 

Grades 1-4

Meet Bi-weekly Tuesday or Wednesday classes from either 4:45-6:00 pm or 6:45-8:00 pm.  The primary grades curriculum utilizes a program rooted in scripture and is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Intermediate Grades 5-8

Classes are held Bi-weekly with a choice of attending on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from either 4:45-6:00 pm or 6:45-8:00 pm. This program encourages our young people to actively live out their faith. Visit our Youth Ministry page for activities to be involved in.

High School Grades 9-10 (Levels 1 & 2)

Level 1 and Level 2 Classes meet each week on Sundays. Please refer to the Schedules of class days and times.

Opportunities for Confirmation Service Hours

Students have to fulfill confirmation service hours at each Level. Some volunteer opportunities to meet this requirement are as follows:

  • Assisting various ministries – help decorate the Church during the various Liturgical seasons, help sign up for various opportunities available at the Church fundraiser “Winterfest Carnival and Flea Market”, help out at the Men’s Club events and so on.
  • Provide Nursery help at various times during the year, such as during parent sacramental preparation meetings, and during RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of adult) meetings and on Sundays during the 9 am Mass.
  • Help with the Primary and Intermediate Faith Formation Grades by: being helpers in the resource room during Primary class sessions, as well as helping out at the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade retreats.
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Opportunities to be involved in the Faith Life of this Community

Students should get involved with the Music Ministry as well as volunteer to be Lectors (Readers) at the various Masses throughout the year.

After Confirmation, students are also encouraged to still be involved in various ways, such as being a member of the Confirmation Retreat Team planning and implementation and being support guides to others throughout the year.  Retreat Team meetings are on Sundays at 2 pm.

Confirmed Teens and College students are needed to teach or co-teach our Parish Faith Formation classes and should get in touch with Caryl DeGrandi at the Church office.

Special Sacraments Class

This program is designed for the initiation of new students joining the Parish, in grades 3 through 8 who have not yet received Reconciliation or First Eucharist. They will receive the required religious instruction and sacramental preparation by being placed in age appropriate classes that meet on Tuesday evenings during Intermediate week.

Policies and Procedures

Students must be registered each year for the next grade. Registrations are held several times starting at the end of the class year for those currently enrolled and during the summer before the beginning of the new class year for those who missed early registration or are new to the Parish. Early registration is encouraged in order to be able to get the day and time of your class choice.

Attendance

Regular and routine attendance is expected of all children registered for classes. Attendance at class should be a priority on your child’s scheduled Faith Formation day. We ask that parents respect the timing of the classes and not continually pick up children early or arrive late because of other activities they may be involved in.

Classroom Behavior

Good behavior by the student is expected while in class. If a student’s behavior is continually disruptive to the class after being corrected by the teacher, the student will be removed from class to the Resource Room. If the behavior persists, the parents will be called. Most behavior problems can be corrected through the cooperative efforts of the teacher, parents, and staff.

Homework & Class Materials

Homework is assigned at the discretion of the teacher. Parents should review their child’s workbook and folders after each class to know if work has been assigned and to be familiar with the curriculum. A syllabus for each grade can be obtained from your child’s teacher or from staff in the Resource Room in Enrichment Center 2.

Arrival & Dismissal

Primary (Pre-K – 4th grade) — A parent or guardian is required to escort each of their children to the classroom. Children in these grades may not be dropped off to walk in unescorted.

Primary grade students are to be picked up at their classrooms and signed out in the teacher’s attendance folder.

Intermediate – (5th – 8th grade) — Students can be dropped off to walk in to class at the covered ramp in the parking lot. Parents or guardians of intermediate students are always welcome to park and escort their students to class.

Intermediate grade students are to be picked up at their classrooms and signed out in the teacher’s attendance folder.

Early Pickup – Please notify your child’s teacher upon arrival that you intend to pick them up early. Before proceeding to the classroom for an early pickup, please check in at the Resource Room with a staff member.

Registration Requirements

Families enrolling their children for Faith Formation classes must be registered members of the parish. New students enrolling for the first time are asked to provide:

Updated Baptismal certificate that includes record of all sacraments to date. OR

Completed Baptismal Information form, if baptized at St. Stephen.

Letter confirming enrollment and participation in previous parish religious education program.

Class Fee Structure

Faith Formation Class fees are due at the time of registration. Fees for our registered/supporting parishioners will be:

$75.00 for 1 student

$85.00 for 2 students per family

$100.00 for 3 or more students per family

$20.00 Supply fee for sacrament classes: 1st Eucharist, Special Sacraments, Level II Confirmation

Sacramental Preparation

When a child is able to understand God’s presence among us and His Son’s presence in the Eucharist, the community welcomes the child to the Lord’s Table of communion.

The sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are celebrated in the 2nd grade after having completed 1st grade religious education. These 2 consecutive years are considered First Year Eucharist and Second Year Eucharist.

Sacramental preparation for receiving First Eucharist involves regular attendance at class, mandatory parent meetings, and a sacramental retreat day for the students, as well as several large-group class meetings. The sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring, after Easter.

Preparation for Confirmation is a 2-year course of study that begins when the student enters the 9th grade (Level I). Classes continue through the 10th grade (Level II) with the sacrament of Confirmation being celebrated in the spring, after Easter. 

Students have to be re-registered for Level 2 upon completion of Level 1.

Preparation involves regular attendance at classes, mandatory parent meetings, student-performed community service, and an overnight retreat during Level II year. Students can prepare for Confirmation in this high school program up to 18 years of age

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