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Education and Spiritual Formation

To find out about learning and growth opportunities, see our upcoming events.

Adult Faith Formation

This group meets to discuss spiritual formation at SFX. Contact the Parish Office for more details. To understand more about this mission of faith, visit The United States Council of Catholic Bishops Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word for children ages 5-10 takes place during the Sunday 10:30 Mass. The children are sent forth from the Main Assembly to the BVM Room after the Opening Prayer where they hear the Sunday readings proclaimed from the Lectionary for Masses with Children. The children and their leaders reflect on the readings and share a "dialogue homily." They sing, offer intercessions, and make a Profession of Faith before returning to the Main Assembly during the Preparation of the Gifts and Altar. Read a more detailed description.

Living Faith

Living Faith is a once-a-month, intergenerational faith formation gathering. It is for ALL parish families with school-aged children (and for young adults, elders, and everyone inbetween who wants to deepen their knowledge and faith).  Living Faith is required for those families who have a child preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion.  We meet on the second Sunday of the month, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.  We gather in the Romero Room for coffee, juice and donuts and move into The Chapel to learn about our faith:  the creed, worship and sacraments, moral teachings, and prayer. We use music, videos, art, and drama, as well as textbooks and handouts.   Participants are given activities and readings to complete during the month between Living Faith Gatherings. Registration Form: Page 1Page 2

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Parent Education

Mariann McCormally leads parent classes for First Communion and First Reconciliation Preparation. She also offers sessions on topics such as "Family Prayer" and "Raising Faith-Filled Children in a Consumer Society" and a sexuality-education course for parents and young teens. See the parish calendar for more details. Mariann is always interested in working with families to find topics that will be of interest to them.

Returning Catholics

When someone approaches the parish, wishing to return to the active practice of the faith, Mariann McCormally meets with them and determines how to best "update" them. Some choose to go through a modified catechumenate process. Others meet with Mariann or other staff members and/or parishioner-sponsors individually.