Mission Statement

St. John the Baptist’s Children’s Faith Formation programs strive to provide an atmosphere where families—parents, children, and youth can experience God’s love and Word so that faith may become living, conscious, and active.  St. John’s Community looks to the family, the “domestic church,” as the most important Christian influence since it is in the home that a child learns that faith.  Religious formation classes reinforce the traditions of that faith and each child’s Roman Catholic identity, while the parish supports the child in learning to celebrate that faith in community.  St. John’s family faith formation commits itself to a close collaboration with the family and the parish community to fulfill this mission.

CCD Programs for 2018-2019

There are three programs offered in the parish for children in grades K through 8.

Summer Program:

The dates for this year are June 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29. Attendance is required for all classes. There is only one session; Mornings from 8:30am to 12:00pm. The books are Alive in Christ by OSV, there are 15 out of 21 lessons taught in the week of summer. The remaining chapters are taught over 8 return sessions scheduled for Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to 9:45AM beginning in September and ending in April.

Masses for CCD are scheduled at 10:00 AM on the return dates of the summer program. Parents pick up their children from school and sign in on the way into church. Mass attendance is part of the program.

PARENT MEETING – parents who are registering their child for the 1st time for the summer program must attend a meeting on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 9:00am in the parish center.


Sunday weekly program: 

This program is based on the Sunday readings with doctrine taught in addition to working with applying the scriptures to our everyday lives. Classes begin in mid-September. Each class begins with Mass at 10:00 AM. Parents sign their children in on the way into Mass. The children go to Liturgy of the Word for Children during the Mass. After Mass ends the children are dropped off at class in the academy to continue instruction until dismissal at Noon. Classes begin in mid-September through April.

Family Home Study program:

Begins with an initial meeting in September at which time parents will receive their children’s books, Alive in Christ by OSV, with the schedule of lessons to be completed at home and gathering dates once a month from October through April.

The gatherings are lessons taught by the Pastoral Associate and other catechists to parents and children who sit together. At least one parent is to be with their child for each gathering. Homework is collected and previous work done is returned after the initial gathering.

Grade 2 Children are asked to be enrolled in either the Sunday or Summer program due to the preparation for First Communion.

Mass attendance is part of the program and one Mass a month during the year at 10:00 am is assigned for Home Study students and parents.

Junior High Special – A Home Study option for Grades 7 and 8

Our 7th and 8th graders will be given another option at the home program parent meeting in September. They may come separately 4 times during the year as scheduled with a parent for a review of one of the books with follow up homework. There are seven books in the Junior High program with the seven themes found in the K-8 Alive in Christ program. This year all Jr High students in the Summer and Home Study will be taking the following topics: Church, Sacraments and Morality.

Mass attendance is part of the program and one Mass a month during the year at 10:00 am is assigned for Home Study students and parents.


For further information or questions contact Kathy Breitenbach, Registrar/CCD Program Administrator at kbreitenbach@stjohnhillsdale.com or 201-666-2707 ext. 211


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