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

FAITH FORMATION NEWS!! 

Online registration for Faith Formation will begin Monday, June 29th. This is the link to register.

At this time, to maintain safety for our Parish Families, Catechists, and Staff, we will have programs that will be taught at home. Second Grade and Level 1 & Level 2 Confirmation Classes will have their lessons with Catechists who will conduct Zoom Classes with their students to prepare them for their sacraments. Second grade will follow the Sadlier Sacramental Program and the Confirmation preparation will use 2 new programs which will be Purpose and The Search. Grades K-8th will have the opportunity to experience a new family program called A Family of Faith. We will continue to have support from The Edge program for Middle School Students. To register for classes, you must be a registered parishioner first. Please contact the office if you need help with Parish Registration. At this time, there will be no Sunday Pre-K or Little Lambs classes on campus. If you have any questions, please contact the following: Primary Grades – Jackie Sullivan, Middle School – Joanna Ojeda, and High School/Confirmation – Caryl DeGrandi

Youth Faith Formation

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

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. 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.

Class Information

Little Lambs, Pre-K

(Canceled until Further Notice)

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 K-8

A New program will be introduced this year called “A Family of Faith”.  The vision of this program is strong Catholic Families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.  There will be monthly parent meetings and support from the Faith Formation Team.  This year’s program will also incorporate the “Edge Program” in grades 6-8.  This program encourages our young people to actively live out their faith. 

Visit our Youth Ministry page for activities to be involved in and for more information about our new “A Family of Faith” program and registration information which will be online and begins on June 29, 2020.

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

Confirmation Level 1 and Level 2 Classes will meet every other Sunday. Two new Confirmation programs, “Purpose” and “The Search” will be introduced this Fall. These programs will lead our young people toward a stronger relationship with Christ and a greater familiarity with the Holy Spirit, so that they may become more capable of assuming the responsibilities of Christian life.

Visit our Youth Ministry page for registration information will be online and begins on June 29, 2020.

Please refer to the schedule of class days and times.  For more information call or email Caryl DeGrandi, CarylD@St-Stephen.com

Special Sacraments Class

This program is designed for the initiation of new students joining the Parish, in grades 3 through 9 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 with a catechist for video classes at this time.  Students must complete one year of regular Faith Formation for 2020-2021, before registering for a Special Sacrament Class.  Please call Jackie Sullivan at the parish office for more information.

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 will be required for Sacrament preparation year.

Registration Fee

Faith Formation Class fees are due at the time of registration. Fees for our registered/supporting parishioners will be $100 per family for 2020-2021.

Policies and Procedures

Students must be registered each year for the next grade. Registration will be held online for this school year 2020-2021.  Registration will begin on June 29, 2020.  You can find the registration link on www.StStephenYouth.com

Attendance

Regular and routine attendance is expected of all children and families registered for classes. Attendance at class should be a priority on your child’s scheduled Faith Formation day.  There is a mandatory attendance policy requirement for students attending Sacrament Preparation Classes.

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 catechist, the student will be removed from the video meeting and the parents will be called. Most behavior problems can be corrected through the cooperative efforts of the catechist, parents, and staff.

Homework & Class Materials

If homework has been assigned, parents should review their child’s workbook after each class to know if work has been assigned and to be familiar with the curriculum. A syllabus of curriculum and class dates will be provided to parents.

Arrival & Dismissal

(Not in effect at this time for 2020-2021 Classes)

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.

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 must 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 Confirmation Level 2 year. Students can prepare for Confirmation in this high school program up to 18 years of age.

 

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