St. Raphael Class Information
Welcome to St. Raphael's Faith Formation!
Our relationship with Jesus is a lifelong journey.
The faith formation program is intended to help parents lead their children to Christ.
All Links are at the bottom of the page.
2016/17 Classes Begin Sunday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 28.
We will have paper registration after Masses this year so Rita can meet more families.
Registration Cost: $35 per student, with a maximum of $80 per family for regular classes.
If your child is seeking Confirmation this year(usually in their junior year of high school) or receiving 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion, please include an extra $20 per child for additional materials.
Sunday School is offered to children 3 ½ years old to 5th grade. We meet on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:15 am and classes run from September 25, 2016 to April 30, 2017.
First Reconciliation and First Communion are offered to children in their 2nd grade year or older. Along with attending Sunday school, students and parents are also required to attend four extra sacramental preparation classes during the year.
Please see calendar for class dates and sacramental dates. The First Communion date is tentative, will be confirmed by the start of classes.
The middle school faith formation program is available to students in 6th through 8th grades. We meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 pm and classes run from September 28, 2016 to May 3, 2017.
The mission of the middle school program is to engage the youth in learning their Catholic faith while having fun! We start the evening off with a fun and energetic group game, then gather together to have a large group lesson. When the lesson is finished, the students break up into small groups to have a more in-depth discussion about the lesson. We end the evening with a snack and social time. This will be shifted a bit this year so as to start on time.
During high school we have a more intense program of faith formation to prepare students for the reception of Confirmation in the spring of their junior year. We follow the model of Jesus who taught His disciples for three years before sending them out on their own.
Students enter our program in 9th grade as novices, seeking to learn about our faith on a more adult level. They continue in 10th grade as aspirants, aspiring to a greater maturity in faith and finish as confirmands, those ready to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ and His Church on earth. Students must participate in classes for the full three years. We accept students coming in from other parishes and will work with those who need to catch up. Students are expected to attend Mass weekly and regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We also have a series of requirements designed to help your children grow not just in head knowledge, but in their relationship with Jesus and our extended Catholic family.
Each candidate must exhibit readiness and proper disposition in order to be recommended for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Primary indicators of this will be Mass participation, class participation, and an individual interview with our pastor or director of Faith Formation.
High school Confirmation preparation meets on Wednesdays, from 7:15 - 8:45 pm. Classes run from September 28, 2016, to May 3, 2017.
Confirmands will have two extra classes for the preparation of Confirmation. Please see calendar link below. The Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at the 5:00 Mass.
Please see the Confirmation Resource Packet, at bottom of page under LINKS, for details on the requirements. Please contact the Director of Faith Formation with any questions.
For the safety of our children and in compliance with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, St. Raphael follows the diocesan safe environment policies. All adult catechists and chaperones are required to go through safe environment training and pass a background check. We also provide safety training for your children. Our new program was designed by the Diocese of Omaha and is faith-based.
If you wish to "opt-out" your child from the Safe Environment Program, please sign the back of the Acknowledgement Form (at bottom of page under LINKS) and return it to the Parish office. Visit our Safe Environment page for more information.
Click here to read our diocesan mission statement on safe environment.
Click here to read about Circle of Grace at the Diocese of Omaha website.
2016/2017 St. Raphael Faith Formation Handbook All families are requested to read the handbook and sign the Acknowledgement Form (further down list.)
Confirmation Resource Packet (Sep 9, 2015)
To pay online, click HERE.