Faith Formation K-5 and Middle School

We inspire young minds to engage with their Faith.

No matter how old or young, your faith is a journey to God that must be taken. If we stop for long on the way, we become stagnant and rigid. Not a great a place to hang out! Keep growing.

A letter to our Families

Dear Families,

We have started registration for the 2019-2020 Faith Formation program at St. John XXIII! The Faith Formation program, (formerly known as C.C.D.) is designed not only to help students prepare for the sacraments, but enables them to grow in their faith, spirituality and knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church as they mature into young adults. Even if your child has received the sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation, you should continue to enroll your child in Religious Education classes. Included in this packet are registration forms and schedule of classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please read through all materials carefully.

Faith Formation classes for Kindergarten through 5th grade
Classes meet on scheduled Wednesdays and Sundays. (Please note we offer only first and second grade classes on Sunday.) On Wednesdays, you will have a choice of either the early session that runs from 4:15-5:30 PM, a second session that runs from 6:00-7:15 PM. Our Kindergarten program is only offered during the early session on Wednesday. The Sunday Session is only for grades Kindergarten, first, second and third grades and is held from 10:30-11:45.

Sacraments: Sacrament formation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is a two-year process that begins in grade one or above. We follow the Diocesan policy, which requires two years of formation starting with one full year of formal Catholic Religious Education through the parish or through a Diocesan Catholic School prior to the year that the child will receive the Sacraments. For more information please visit our website www.johnxxiii.net
Middle and High School programs have different registration forms.

We look forward to meeting you and your child/ren and being a part of their faith journey. If this is your child’s first year in our program, please include a copy of their baptismal certificate unless they were baptized at St. John XXIII. To properly plan and order curriculum, the registration deadline is August 15, 2019. After August 15th, a late fee of $10.00 will be added. We ask if anyone is having trouble with registration fees to contact Chris Biel.

We begin our Faith Formation year with Mass on Sunday September 8th at 11:15 followed by a family meeting in the Parish Life Center. The first night of Faith Formation and Middle School will be Wednesday September 11th You will be notified prior to the start of the year about the location of classes.

In Christ’s Name,

Fr. Bob Tabbert | Pastor, St. John XXIII
Chris Biel | Director of Faith Formation

More About Faith Formation

At St. John XXIII we embrace the sacredness of all the sacraments of the Church. A description of our programs and the guidelines and requirements set by the parish and the Diocese of Venice. For more information or to register for any of these programs please call the Faith Formation office at 561-7499. Find out more here.

Our Faith formation program (formerly known as C.C.D.) is designed not only to help students prepare for the sacraments but enables them to grow in their faith, spirituality, and knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church as they mature into young adults. We encourage you to enroll your child in the program beginning in kindergarten and continue with classes after they have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion). Classes meet on scheduled Wednesdays from September to May.

Form Downloads

K-5th FF Registration Form

2019-2020 Faith Formation Calendar

Middle School Registration Form

SESSIONS & EVENTS

Education Contact

Chris Biel
Dir. of Faith Formation
chrisdre@johnxxiii.net
239-561-7499

Youth Ministry Schedule

A program designed to excite the Catholic Faith of our youth during their Middle and High School years.

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
The goal of the middle school program is to provide a place for youths to identify their place in the church, grow in their faith, and together in fellowship. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. This ministry is intended to help youths and families become more actively involved in the parish life.

Session Topics

  • Sept. 11- Kick off Celebration (Parent meeting, dinner, & family game)
  • Sept. 18- Being Part of Something Bigger Than You, The Church!
  • Sept. 25- Outside Field Games
  • Oct. 2- Music Ministry
  • Oct. 9- Core Beliefs of our Catholic Faith
  • Oct. 16- Put Ups Put Downs, Affirming Each Other’s Goodness
  • Oct 23- Responding to Friends Who Are Struggling Teen Suicide
  • Oct. 30- From Jack O’Lanterns To Faith Filled Heroes
  • Nov. 6- Beatitude Attitude, Be Happy (Youth Missions)
  • Nov. 13- Jesus The Founder Of The Catholic Church
  • Nov. 20- Fire, Faith & Fun
  • Dec. 4- Advent, Putting Our Hopes into Action
  • Dec. 11- Christmas Party
  • Jan. 8- Celebrating Mary and Her Gift of The Rosary
  • Jan. 15- Virtue, Making One Good Choice After Another
  • Jan. 22- March For Life! A Faithful Young Citizen’s Response
  • Jan. 29- Capture the Flag (glow in the Dark)
  • Feb. 5-Digital Discipleship, Using Social Media Responsibly
  • Feb. 7- Overnight Retreat
  • Feb. 8- Saturday Day of Service
  • Feb. 12- The 5 Love Languages for Teens
  • Feb. 19- Outdoor Confessions and Bonfire to Begin Lent
  • March 4- Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Confirmation Prep
  • March 11- The Two Great Commandments
  • March 25- Kid’s Choice
  • April 1- The Paschal Triduum, What’s That?
  • April 15- Fostering Faith-Full Friendships
  • April 22- Stand Up, How To Talk About Faith With Friends
  • April 29- St John XXIII Scavenger Hunt
  • May 13- End of The Year Celebration

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
We invite all High School students to our Youth Group nights, we discuss issues and topics that are relevant to life experiences as we open our eyes to the issues teens face today. We have a relaxed, informal venue of faith formation, sacraments and Bible Study. Our events include: summer mission trips, concerts, Diocese events, Youth Masses and rallies!

ROOTED AT ST. JOHN XXIII
A social group for ages 18-39. Married, single, women, men, parishioners, non-parishioners… anyone seeking to journey toward, and with God, along with others. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. Sessions vary from social get together, praise and worship, bon-fires, and social justice.

Stay connected on our Facebook Group to see what is coming up and what’s being planned. This is a time of friendship as we encounter our loving, merciful Father, in His Son Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.