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Faith Formation

MISSION STATEMENT

To call and equip all Christians of every age and stage of life to fulfill their Baptismal call to holiness in family, Church and society.  Ongoing faith formation is essential to accomplish this mission.

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Saint Cecilia Religious Formation is comprised of many opportunities to begin or continue enriching your faith. They are:  K-12 Religious Formation Classes; Adult Faith Formation – Bible Study and Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA – this class is for learning more about your Catholic faith, adults who have not completed their Sacrament preparation or adults interested in joining our Catholic Faith Community); and preparation for all Sacraments.

 

FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE 2020-2021:  IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  1.  School year grades 1-5 will meet Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2.  School year grades 6-12 will meet Wednesdays from of 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
  3.  Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
  4.  Classes will end on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
  5.  CLASSES WILL BE HELD whenever the Dells School District has early release on Wednesdays.
  6.  The preparation for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Communion will require attendance on additional days by students and parents. For Confirmation candidates, additional meetings will be with their sponsors.

Payment for Faith Formation Classes.

Pay on-line by using the link HERE. Please enter the right amount in the ‘Faith Formation’ section and your family name in the notes.

    • Please contact Aviah at faithformation@dellscatholic.com if you pay on-line so she can record it.

You can also pay by sending in a check or cash to the Parish Office, 603 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

1st COMMUNION & 1st CONFESSION & CONFIRMATION MEETING SCHEDULES

Preparation for First Communion & First Confession is changing this year. We will be following the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Madison. These changes will deepen your child’s knowledge and help you to fulfill your primary right and duty through the Sacrament of Baptism to educate your children.

The guidelines are:

  1. Parish faith formation programs and Catholic schools should offer approximately 30 hours of catechetical formation for children in the year prior to their reception of the sacrament and approximately 30 hours of catechetical formation in the year concurrent with their reception of the sacrament.
  1. Parish catechetical leaders should offer 8-10 hours of immediate preparation for the sacraments, in addition to and distinct from the approximately 30 hours of annual catechetical formation.

The 30 hours of catechetical formation from the first guideline will be fulfilled in the normal Wednesday meetings.

In order to fulfill the second guideline of immediate preparation, we will be providing the following formation meetings:

Parent and Student formation meetings: (At least one parent must be present at each meeting)

First Confession –

Saturday September 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Saturday October 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Saturday December 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:oo noon

First Communion –

Saturday February 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Saturday March 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Saturday May 1st, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Everyone will need to provide a Baptismal certificate by December 1st

Confirmation Preparation Meeting Schedule

All Regular High School Faith Formation: Wednesdays as established 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Sophomore Confirmation Formation Sessions:

  • Sunday September 13, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday October 11, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday November 15, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 – 8:15 P.M.  Practice for Rite of Confirmation with sponsors
  • Saturday, November 21 @ 7:00 P.M. – Mass of Confirmation with Bishop Donald Hying

Everyone will need to provide a Baptismal certificate by September 1st, 2020

 

Freshmen Confirmation Formation Sessions:

Confirmation Preparation Schedule for Freshmen 2020-2021

  • Sunday January 24, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday February 21, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday March 21, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday April 18, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors
  • Sunday May 16, 6:00-8:15 p.m. formation with sponsors

Freshmen Confirmation Retreat at Camp Gray – February 20 & 21 (this is a tentative date.

Everyone will need to provide a Baptismal certificate by December 1st, 2020

 

ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES

As the adult members of Saint Cecilia Parish, living our mission statement of proclaiming and teaching God’s word, we “must be mature in faith and be well equipped to share the Gospel…through adult faith formation, by which we consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study.” – General Directory of Catechesis

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

 

CD’s available in the gathering space of our Church:  Have you ever wanted to help family members, friends, or co-workers who may be struggling with the issues of life or faith, but just didn’t know how to reach them?  Do you want to enrich your own faith life? Well, now you can. Lighthouse Catholic Media, has launched the first-ever evangelization and apologetics (explanation of faith issues) Catholic CD collection. Cost is only $3.00 per CD.  Use them as you drive; listen at home.

DVDs available:  “Footprints of God, the Story of Salvation from Abraham to St. Augustine.”  Filmed on location and hosted by Catholic author Stephen Ray, this is a Bible study and an explanation of our Catholic faith and Church history.  There are eight different DVDs with a study guide.  Topics:  Moses, Signs, Sacraments and Salvation, David and Solomon, expanding the kingdom, Jesus:  The Word Became Flesh, Mary: The Mother of God, Peter:  Keeper of the Keys, Apostolic Fathers:  Handing on the Faith, Paul:  Contending for the Faith,  and Over Holy Ground:  A Heaven’s Eye-View of the Land Where God Walked.