St. Stephen’s Elementary Faith for Life program seeks to hand on the faith to our children in Grades 1-5 in a safe yet vibrant community. We have a great team of catechists, many of whom are teachers and many of whom are not, that all possess a love of and for children and desire for them to know the greatest love of all – that which Jesus has for them. Elementary Faith for Life sets the foundation of our faith in the hearts of our children by teaching:
- The basics of the Bible
- The Holy Trinity
- The Paschal Mystery (suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus)
- The Seven Sacraments
- The Church as the Body of Christ
- The Church Year
- Lives of the Saints
- Catholic Social Teaching
This year our elementary program will be using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
This is a faith formation program centered on the Sunday liturgy that is engaging, easy to teach, and involves the family.
It combines a complete doctrinal catechesis with the liturgical life of the Church. The content of the program flows from each Sunday’s Gospel and students learn their faith within the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year.
It encourages family participation in that every lesson goes home to involve parents (who hear the same Gospel on Sunday) making it easier for them to discuss topics with their children.
We in the Faith for Life Ministry at St. Stephen’s also seek to build a good habit in the children of prayer, the Eucharist, and Reconciliation. We encourage families to bring their children to Mass every weekend and we also go to Mass with the Parish Community one-to-two times a year. Each class in grades 3-5 receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation once a year during class time as well.
We would love to have you join our Elementary Faith for Life Community. We meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. (families choose the day that work best for them), and sessions begin in mid-September and go through the first week of May, culminating with a May crowning of Mary. Registration begins in April and continues throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. Please contact Cristian Reyes Rogriguez ; 763-712-7440 if you would like more information on Elementary Faith for Life.