Children

Children's Faith Formation Mission:

The mission for Children's Faith Formation at the Tri-Community is to assist parents in their primary responsibility as educators in the faith. This is accomplished by journeying with their children as they develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through learning about Jesus through classroom discussions, exploration of Scripture, rich multimedia content, and fun games and crafts.


Faith Formation Classes

Faith Formation classes for children (Grades 1-6) are held weekly, September through May, on Sundays from 10:15 am- 11:15 am in the Parish Center. Parents have the opportunity to attend adult faith formation during this time where they will hear from guest speakers, participate in creative activities, and discuss their faith journey with other adults. There are also special intergenerational sessions during the year including Bingo Night, Advent Night, and Lent Night. 

For questions or inquiries about the Tri-Community Children’s Faith Formation program, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x105 or email formationdirector@tricommunity.org.

Click here for 2018-2019 Faith Formation Registration Forms.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

RCIC is for children (ages 7-11) who are interested in joining the Catholic Church and who have not yet been baptized. These children are invited to participate in the RCIA adapted for children. The goal is to provide a means of conversion suited to the children’s age and understanding, and to prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). Parents and sponsors share a loving journey with the children, attending classes with them and assisting them as they learn about Jesus and the Church, and ensuring that they experience a Catholic environment at home. To participate more fully in this journey, all join in parish ritual celebrations, including the Easter Vigil.

Classes begin in SeptemberParent sessions are scheduled by appointment. 

Sacramental Preparation

For children wishing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade are required by diocesan policy to complete 1st Grade Faith Formation prior to the year of preparation during 2nd Grade. Preparation includes classroom instruction, parent information sessions, sacramental conversations with families and Faith Formation staff, and a retreat prior to receiving each sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in a communal service in late January or Early February. First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter season.

Older children who have not received the sacraments are invited to contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x105 or email formationdirector@tricommunity.org.

Catechists

Dedicated volunteer catechists are needed to provide children with a structured learning environment and serve as a resource for the children’s many inquiries into the Christian faith. Each catechist is tasked with leading the children into a closer personal relationship with Jesus while also instructing the children in the tenets of the Catholic Faith. The main sources at the catechists’ disposal are the Bible, the classroom textbooks, storybooks, devotionals, craft supplies, and multimedia resources. The combination of these resources paired with a dedicated and capable catechist will help create an environment of learning and authentic Christian discipleship. Requirements for catechists include a meeting with the Director of Faith Formation, reference check, CBI background check and Safe Environment Training. 

Please consider sharing in the faith formation of our children. If you would be interested in becoming a catechist or classroom assistant, contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x105 or email formationdirector@tricommunity.org.