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.

St. John the Baptist R.C. Church Children Faith Formation (CCD) Program Descriptions

Summer Program (Grades 1st – 8th)

The dates for this year are June 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28.  Attendance is required for all classes, which begin at 8:30am and end at 12:00 pm each day.  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.  Dates TBD.

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.

Sunday Weekly Program (Grades 1st – 8th)

This content of the program flows from each Sunday’s Gospel (Pflaum Weekly Gospel program), and students learn their faith within rhythms and sessions of the liturgical year.  Every week the children go home with a lesson.  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 12:00am.  Classes begin in mid-September through April.  Dates TBD

Family Home Study Program  (Grades 1, 3rd – 8th)

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. Dates TBD 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.

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

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

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 gather once a month during the year 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.  Dates TBD

Mass attendance is part of the program and one Mass a month during the year at 9:00am is assigned for Home Study students and parents.

God’s Tots (ages 3 to 6)

This program is for children ages 3 to 6 years old during the 10 AM Sunday Mass. The program meets in the Parish Center Library. The children will be led in fun activities designed for their age group and to build a foundation of worshiping God. The contents are based on the same program as the Sunday CCD Gospel Weeklies.

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


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