Faith Formation is a life-long process which begins within the family and encompasses every aspect of life as the person grows and matures. It is the process by which we develop and grow in our relationship to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and learn to live in, and act out, of that relationship. As we grow closer to God the Father and his son, Jesus, we gradually learn to live in and share the love of God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This learning to live in the love of God, and according to his Spirit, is not automatic, but rather requires a sincere and on-going effort and commitment to prayer and education in the faith on our part, coupled with the freely given and abundant grace of God. What is the desired end result, the goal? Eternal life, love, joy, peace, what is the first step?
PARISH FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Although the parents are the first and primary educators of their children in the Catholic faith, formal formation classes are also important, either through the Parish Faith Formation program or St Ann Catholic School. The Parish program consists to two component parts:
- Children's Ministry (grades Pre-K through 8 grade)
- High School Ministry
Registration for these programs begins in August, with sessions starting the second and third weekends in September. Those moving into the area at other times are encouraged to register upon arrival. Registration for both of these programs are done online or in person.
A Special Message from the Director of Faith Formation
I pray that you and your family are doing well in these unusual times. In August, I sent a letter enlightening you about our plan for Faith Formation this year. I have also reached out to families to see how they are coping in the “new normal”. The common reply I have received was you are overwhelmed due to online education and other circumstances. Many families responded that they would love to participate in Faith Formation but feel that their children are spending too much time on the computer. I consulted with our Faith Formation teachers, and we have decided to make a few changes in this year’s Faith Formation program.
Since many families are feeling overwhelmed by public school online education, we have decided not to offer virtual Faith Formation classes. Instead, we will be offering on-site classes. These classes will be limited to ten children per class. If class registration exceeds the limit of ten children, then the class will be divided into two classes to help facilitate social distancing. Students will be required to wear facemasks. As per the requirement of the Diocese of Raleigh School Office of Education, temperature screening is required to be done when students arrive for faith formation classes.
Faith Formation classes will be held on Sundays from 9:30am- 10:30am. Different grade levels will be held every Sunday. Classes will start on October 4th. I will be emailing you soon more details about the schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Sincerely in Christ,
Director of Faith Formation/ Pastoral Associate
To register your children online, please click on the "Children's Faith Formation" picture below. If you prefer a paper registration form, please click on "2020-2021 Registration Form" below the picture. For those who will be receiving Sacraments (First Communion or Confirmation), a copy of their baptismal certificate must be given to the Director of Faith Formation, which may be obtained by contacting the Church in which the baptism occurred. For more information, please contact the Director of Faith Formation at 910.483.3216.
HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY
FAITH FORMATION FOR ADULTS
There are various opportunities for formation as an adult Catholic. Young adults in the Fayetteville area, ages 18-35, gather frequently for faith formation, service and fellowship. For more information about these activities, please visit their website: Fayetteville Young Adult Ministry.
Adults of any age may participate in our parish sponsored formation opportunities, which are listed in our bulletin. Faith Matters is one such offering, and covers Catholic teaching on topics of interest to the participants. Sessions are usually held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and Thursday mornings at 10 am (same topic is covered at both sessions). Please see the current bulletin for information on up-coming topics.
The Diocese of Raleigh also offers various workshops and courses. Please visit their adult formation page for more information.
We also have a parish subscription to FORMED, which can be used by any parishioner with a computer. Log in to www.formed.org and enter our parish login information and here you will find educational programs, such as Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron and others, along with movies and books. We encourage all parishioners to take advantage of these opportunities.
St. Ann Parish also has educational and inspirational CD's available in the Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the gathering space in the Church. These CD's are an excellent and easy way to learn more about your faith will driving to work, exercising or working around the house. The talks are available on CD, or via mp3 downloads from their website. Please click the image below for more information on the many talks and other materials they have available.