Children's Faith Formation


Online Registration for 2020-2021
Faith Formation Classes

Si necesita asistencia con este formulario, por favor contactar a Denice (denice@stthomascamas.org).

 


Faith Formation Classes for 2020-21

 

As of July 30, school districts in Clark County as well as the Archdiocese of Seattle are recommending distance learning formats for the beginning of the new school year in September. Here at St. Thomas, your FF catechist team is making plans to provide engaging and flexible lessons in a distance learning format for our FF families. We will continue to assess our format during the year and transition to blended and/or in-person classes when it is safe to do so.

This includes grade-specific Sunday school classes for children and youth, sacramental preparation including RCIA, and adult opportunities.

 


FF Calendar for 2020-21:  Coming Soon
 

 

Sessions

Preschool (Grades PreK4 - K) - Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am
Elementary School (Grades 1 - 6) - Sundays, 9:45-10:45am
Middle School (Grades 7 - 8) - Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am
High School (Grades 9 - 12) Sundays, 9:45am - 10:45am.

Sacramental Preparation: 
 - First Reconciliation:  Four sessions on a weeknight, 6:30pm - 7:45pm, beginning in early-October (in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes). Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 - First Holy Communion:  Four sessions on a weeknight, 6:30pm - 7:45pm, beginning in February; includes a half-day retreat in the spring (in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes). Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in Septeber via telephone.

 - Confirmation: Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am; retreat is TBD due to covid restrictions (but at least deferred from fall to later winter 2021). Anticipate a Confirmation Mass in April or May, 2021. Eligibility confirmed after interview; for 2020-21, norm is at least 8th Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in Septeber via telephone.

 

Tuition

Pre-School (Grades PreK4-K): $20 per participant
Elementary (Grade 1-6): $30 per participant
Middle School (Grade 7-8): $30 per participant
High School (Grade 9-12): $40 per participant 
SacPrep (Reconciliation/First Communion): $40 per participant (includes fee for Sunday classes)
Confirmation Prep: (1) $20 per participant; (2) $120 for weekend in-person retreat (if possible this year due to covid restrictions; do not pay until retreat plan is verified)

Payments may be made either online, or via check payable to:
   St. Thomas Aquinas Church (memo:  faith formation)
   and delivered/mailed to the parish office:
   (324 NE Oak Street, Camas, WA  98607)

 


Children’s Faith Formation Opportunities
 

What: Faith formation at St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers opportunities for children to complement what they are learning about the Catholic Faith from their parents who are the primary educators of their children. The lessons offered through the parish Sunday School supplement the family's ongoing efforts to introduce the children to the Good News of what God has done for them in Jesus Christ and how they are called to be formed as his disciples, eventually to be sent as missionaries to share this message with others.

These are some of the core habits for disciples of all ages to develop. They serve as the focus of our efforts at coaching our young parishioners to grow as disciples of Jesus. Notice how the first four are habits primarily developed at home, in the Domestic Church. The final habit is what we can focus on during our Sunday morning faith formation sessions in an effort to help develop some vocabulary and concepts to better understand and articulate the relationship with Jesus at the root of the first four habits:

  • Prayer:  develop the habit of daily personal and family conversation with God.
  • Mass:  develop the habit of actively participating in weekly Sunday Mass.
  • Bible:  develop the habit of reading (or listening to) Bible stories.
  • Love:  develop the habit of being generous in your love for God and neighbor.
  • Study:  develop the habit of learning what God has done for us in Jesus and how we are called to follow him.

Since all parish efforts at children's faith formation support the ongoing formation within each family as a whole, it is necessary that parents (or legal guardians) participate in faith formation as well. Special Parent faith formation (or "Parent FF" or "PFF") sessions will be offered each month as indicated on the below calendar. This year, we will begin all our sessions in a distance learning format, including the Parent FF sessions.  At least one parent from each family needs to attend each of the monthly Parent FF sessions. Additional adult faith formation sessions will be offered at other times and all parents are encouraged to participate. 

Children in Pre-K4 through 8th grade can be a part of the distance learning model offered at least at the beginning of this year, 2020-21. They will learn about the Faith from their team of volunteers catechists by exploring the Alive in Christ series, published by Our Sunday Visitor.
 

 

 

       

After you have registered for faith formation classes via the link near the top of the main panel on this page, click on the above green button for the option to pay online.  You may also contact the parish office for other options:  office@stthomascamas.org.