Faith Formation at St. Augustine’s Church

Overview of Program
Jesus’ command to His apostles in Mt 28:19 to “Go…and make disciples of all nations…” sets the course for the Faith Formation program at St. Augustine. In fulfilling this apostolic mission, we transmit the teachings of Jesus and the Truth which He embodies. Our catechesis is a faithful adherence to the Catechism’s injunction to be “an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes…the teaching of Christian doctrine…with a view to initiating the hearer into the fulness of Christian life.” Accordingly, the following programs are made available to our parishioners: An eleven-year Kindergarten through grade 10 Faith Formation program for public school children; Formation and educational training for all catechists and teachers of the Faith; Online faith formation courses for all adults interested in understanding their faith; the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults for those seeking to enter fully into the Catholic Church; the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children for those age 7 and older who have yet to receive the sacraments of initiation.

Academic year
The academic year for Faith Formation classes begins the third week of September and concludes between the third and fourth week of April the following year.

Registration for all public school students attending Faith Formation class will take place online and in-person during August and September of each academic year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated during the 9:30 a.m. Mass on alternate Sundays of the academic year. Please consult the calendar for exact dates.

First Penance/First Communion
All baptized second grade students enrolled at St. Augustine School or the Faith Formation program will make their First Penance and First Communion in the Spring of each year.

The Confirmation Program is open to all public and Catholic high school students in grade ten. Classes for Confirmation II candidates will be offered during the first two weeks of August. Please contact the Faith Formation Office for details or to register.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m beginning the first Tuesday of October and ending on Holy Tuesday of the following Spring. Please contact the Faith Formation Office for information.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is the process through which children ages seven to seventeen who have not been baptized or made their first penance or Communion are catechized in the faith. Classes will be offered on a need be basis. Please contact the Faith Formation Office for information.