Children's Religious Education Programs at Holy Faith Catholic Church

Sunday School – Grades KG - 9 
Vacation Bible School 
Sacramental Preparation - Baptism
Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation and First Communion
Confirmation
Fees
Catholic Education in Gainesville, Florida

Religious education of children begins and grows in the home, within the context of a nurturing family life. Parents are the first and primary religious educators of children. Holy Faith Catholic Church partners with parents to educate our children to love, know and serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, and grow in His compassion.

At Holy Faith, there are three primary modes of Children’s Christian Formation (CCF):

  • Sunday School for grades Kindergarten through 9
  • Sacramental Preparation Programs
  • Vacation Bible School

All children of the Parish, whether attending Catholic or Public schools, are invited to attend our religious education classes and experiences.

These educational experiences are enhanced by a variety of community activities and family catechesis:

  • Stations of the Cross
  • May Crowning
  • Family Picnic
  • Fall Carnival
  • Christmas Play
  • Holy Thursday Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • Pancake Breakfast

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Sunday School – Grades KG - 9

Kindergarten through 9th grade students meet on Sundays following the 9:30am Mass, from September through April. Classes begin around 10:40am and ends at Noon. Please find dates of scheduled classes and special events in our calendar section.

You can download a 2014-2015 Sunday School Schedule here.

Registration for CCF 2014/2015 continues. To register online click CCF Registration

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Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism (for infants and young children), the gift of initiation into the life of Christ and the Church, is available for all children from birth through age 7.  

 

  • Parents are asked to attend a Baptismal Preparation class, and must register for these classes by contacting Dr. Charlotte Chadik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or calling the Church office.   
  • Parishioners may complete the Preparation class and request pastoral permission for the Baptism to be held at another Parish. Discuss this with Dr. Chadik.
  • Godparents:  
  • Godparents must be at least age 16.
  • Godparents are not a parent.  
  • The Godparent must be in good standing with the Catholic Church and have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.   
  • There may be only one Godparent. 
  • If there are two Godparents, there must be one male and one female, and one of these Godparents could be a Christian witness.  
  • Many children are blessed with a multitude of Godparents. Please note, only two names of Godparents will be recorded on the Baptismal certificate.
  • Scheduling a Baptism is done through Dr. Charlotte Chadik or her assistant, Millie Roig. Contact Mrs. Roig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or at the Church office.
  • Baptism for children over the age of 7 is generally completed through the RCIA program. Please contact Dr. Chadik or Mrs. Roig for more information.

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Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation and First Communion

Children in grades 2 or higher may register for our First Reconciliation and First Communion classes. Children must have completed at least one year of catechism before registering for the Sacramental Preparation program. Children enrolled in one of the Catholic schools (St. Patrick or Queen of Peace Academy) will attend only the Preparation classes. Children enrolled in the public schools will attend Sunday School and the Preparation classes.  

Classes are held on Saturday mornings, one Saturday each month, from 10:00am - Noon. We ask parents and children to attend the first hour of class together for Family Catechesis. During the second hour, children meet in separate classes, while parents remain for an hour of catechism and faith sharing. The Rite of First Reconciliation is celebrated generally on the second Saturday of January. First Communion is celebrated generally two weeks after Easter. Please register for these Sacramental Preparation classes here.

To register online for Sacramental preparation classes for the year 2014/2015 you will use the same registration form as for CCF classes. If you are a Catholic School Family you will have the chance to select the option to attend only the Sacramental Prep classes as explained above. Register HERE if not already registered through CCF. 

Please find dates of scheduled classes for Sacramental Preparation in our calendar section or download "First Reconciliation/First Communion" 2014-2015 Schedule onto your computer.

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Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in Grades 10 and higher. Children must have completed at least one year of catechism before registering for the Confirmation Sacramental Preparation program. Confirmandi (Confirmation candidates) attend approximately eight classes. They also attend at least one class of family catechesis with their parents, and one class with their Confirmation Sponsors.*

Other requirements for Confirmation are:

  • Participate in the Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Complete a service project and submit a written report of the experience
  • Attend a Youth Ministry Retreat
  • Participate in the Good Friday Liturgy of the Veneration of the Cross
  • *Confirmation Sponsors must be at least age 16, not a parent, in good standing with the Catholic Church, and have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  

Confirmation Classes begin with an Orientation Session for Parents and Students. 10th graders are expected to participate in community service project opportunities presented to them during the year, as well as participate in the CYM (Catholic Youth Ministry) group before and during their Confirmation Preparation year. CYM meetings are scheduled on selected Sundays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm (see the bulletin weekly for scheduled CYM events.

Register for Confirmation Classes HERE. In the section where you add the student's information, you will be asked what school they are attending. Please specify which public school or Catholic School your child is attending. All registered students for this Sacrament must attend all scheduled classes.

Please find dates of scheduled Confirmation Classes in our calendar section or download "Confirmation 2014-2015 Schedule" for your computer.

You can learn more about the Sacrament of Confirmation on the website page dedicated to the Youth of our Parish

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Fees

Holy Faith asks families to pay the following fees; however, please know that we will never exclude a child or family for inability to pay program fees. The fees are used to pay for textbooks, craft supplies, and related materials. 

Fee for 1 child is $25.00 total
Fee for 2 children is $40.00 total
Fee for 3 or more children is $60.00 total

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Vacation Bible School

At Holy Faith, we schedule a five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) every year for mid-July. Read below about the 2014 VBS and be sure to hit the photo button below to see the fun we all experienced in our past VBS programs.

Read about our VBS 2014:    VBS 2014 weird animals web

You may think that “WEIRD” means something unpleasant or negative, but at Holy Faith Vacation Bible School 2014, we learned that when it comes to seeing the world as God created it, WEIRD really means: Special, Unique, Rare, Never-before-seen, One-of-a-kind – JUST LIKE YOU!

For five days (July 19-23), we learned different Bible lessons through Bible stories, Untamed Games, imaginative experiments and crafts, and the lives of Saints. We watched videos of children who had similar life experiences to the Bible lessons.   We learned how we can love one another with the love Jesus has for us. We looked for God working in our midst each day. Singing and dancing and jumping and shouting played a big role in our experiences.   Even the snacks we made at Critter Cafe represented the Bible lesson for the day.

Here are some of the Bible lessons and accompanying Bible stories that 85 children (ages 4-10), 50 Middle and High School Helpers, and 20 Adult volunteers learned:

Even when you’re left out…Jesus loves you.                     

Even though you’re different…Jesus loves you.             

Even when you don’t understand…Jesus loves you.        

Even though you do wrong…Jesus loves you.       

Even when you’re afraid…Jesus loves you.           

Jesus heals ten lepers.

Jesus reaches out to the Samaritan woman. 

Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.   

Jesus dies for us and comes back to life. 

Ananias bravely helps Saul.   

Children took the part of various characters in the Bible stories.   They became the lepers left out of family and community events until Jesus healed them. Our teen helpers washed the feet of the younger children. We wrote our names on the cross of Jesus thanking him for taking away the wrongs we have done. We met a converted Saul, who demanded to know if we were Christians.

Vacation Bible School began over 115 years ago as a method of religious education for children during their summer vacations. While it has been very popular in many of our Protestant churches, the Catholic Church has only more recently become actively involved in promoting VBS experiences.   Holy Faith uses a version of VBS that has an official Imprimatur from our Bishops, and is published by “Our Sunday Visitor” company.   We use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible.

It takes a community to create this experience of religious education. It takes a community to have fun and create memories. VBS is never simply a “children’s activity.” VBS is a church-wide outreach event.   Holy Faith is blessed by volunteers that gave hours of time to prepare lessons, set-up the Hall and religious education classrooms, present activities, teach song and dance, and herd WEIRD ANIMALS.   Then, they took time to clean up and put it all away until next year.

Speaking of next year….get ready for another adventure! We’ll meet again in July 2015. Consider joining the Holy Faith VBS Community. You will gain more than you give.

Comment from an adult volunteer:

“I was just so impressed with the whole program, especially reading about the God's sightings. So different from what I was taught as a child when I was told that God is in the Church, but only in the Catholic Church. Then inside the church, God was in the Tabernacle and then God was on the altar at the Consecration. Never that we find God in ourselves or in others.” 

On Day #4, we learned about the sacrifice Jesus made by dying on the cross. The children were asked about how others sacrifice for them in daily life. Here are some of their responses, which remind us of how valuable parents are to their children:

"My dad works and provides for us even when he’s sick.

'My teacher gave me extra time and work so I could bring my grade up.

'Mom gives time to take us to the activities we want to do.

'Dad spends time playing with us.

'Mom & Dad sacrifice money.

'Soldiers sacrifice their lives.

'My grandma gives me food and presents.

'Our dad came from Columbia so we could have a better life.

'Police & firefighters

'Mom & Dad take me to baseball.

'Teachers sacrifice.

'My friend stood up to a bully."

If you attended VBS 2014 as a participant, helper, teen, or adult volunteer, we invite you to tell us of you and your family's experience. Send in your stories or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Catholic Education in Gainesville, Florida

  • St. Patrick’s InterParish School (Pre-Kg through 8th Grade) Visit their website at stpatrickschoolgnv.org
  • Queen of Peace Academy (Pre-Kg through 8th Grade) Visit their website at www.qopacademy.org/
  • St. Francis Catholic High School (9th through 12th Grades) Visit their website at sfchs.org

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