Faith Formation for 2020-2021

Given the current situation with COVID-19, our programming for 2020-2021 has been adapted to allow our families to continue to grow in faith together while keeping everyone safe. Please learn about the various options we are offering to our Elementary, Middle and High School youth and their families below.

Registration ends Sunday, 8/23 at midnight!

Learn about our 

2020-2021 Formation Program

in this video!

Scroll below for details about our Elementary, Middle and High School Options

2020-2021 Formation options for Elementary (Grades K-5)

Option 1: Become Part of a Family Village! 

For the 2020-2021 school year, it is important to us as a Formation Team to maintain the community aspect of Faith Formation so our families can continue to grow in faith together while keeping everyone safe. This year we are adopting a “family village” model for Faith Formation, which aims to plant seeds for our children & families to meet, know, love, and serve Christ in their community. What this means is that your entire family will meet together with other families. Each village will be made up of 3-5 families, who meet however that village decides within the guidelines provided by our parish (in a park in a socially distanced way, in someone’s backyard, or via a Zoom call). The materials for your village’s lesson will be provided by our staff, and we will still have our “Cross Walk proclaims” recorded and available for you to watch as a village, or as a family at home. Each village will be guided by a couple of host families, who will be in contact with our staff to ensure that the village has everything needed to be set up for success. Our staff team is here to accompany and support you, while empowering you as parents and guardians to be the first and best formers of your child’s faith. 

This program offers the chance for everyone in your family to grow in discipleship and their relationship with God- even the parents! We will do this through hands-on activities, online Proclaim messages for kids, service projects, Adult Catechetical opportunities (for parents, guardians, or grandparents), crafts, games, and more. If you feel nervous when it comes to speaking to your child or children about the faith, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  

Villages will meet at least once monthly and will use customized Family Village Material kits provided by our parish. Families will also be encouraged to watch our online Proclaim videos for content related to their Family Village meeting, and parents/guardians of villages will be invited to watch our virtual Adult Catechetical Opportunities so they feel confident going into each Village Meeting. The curriculum used for this program can be found here: https://www.familyformation.net/ 

We hope that this family village offering provides not only a chance for you to pass on information about our Catholic Church’s Scripture and Tradition to your children, but also the irreplaceable aspects of community, friendship, and accompaniment.

Option 2: Home School Formation

We understand that all family schedules and situations are different and that some families may feel safer growing in faith with just their family unit. We have designed a home school program consisting of multiple opportunities to support families and guide them along their journey toward a deeper knowledge of God and their Catholic faith. Passing on the gift of our Catholic faith is a continuation of your baptismal call to an active Christian life. Traditional Home School families will learn the same material as our Family Villages do. They will be provided materials and resources by our parish to walk through the activities and lessons with their children. Homeschool families complete their materials at their own pace, and are supported by our staff if they have questions or need help. Materials for Home School families will be delivered directly to the participant.  

First Eucharist/Reconciliation: 
For information about First Eucharist/First Reconciliation preparation, please visit: https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/first-eucharist/

For more information about either of these programs, please contact Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org.

2020-2021 Formation options for Middle and High School (Grades 6-12)

 Option 1: Cross Train / Cross Road Virtual Small Group

If your middle school or high school teen prefers to be in a small group of his or her peers, we will still be offering virtual youth ministry small groups this year (like Cross Train and Cross Road, but online).

 Option 2: Become Part of a Family Village!

If your middle school or high school student has a sibling that will be participating in our Family Village program, they may become part of your Family Village. We will customize the kit of materials distributed to your village to ensure that the resources fit the needs of your village’s members.

Option 3: Home School Formation

We understand that all family schedules and situations are different and that some families may feel safer growing in faith with just their family unit. We have designed a home school program consisting of multiple opportunities to support families and guide them along their journey toward a deeper knowledge of God and their Catholic faith. Passing on the gift of our Catholic faith is a continuation of your baptismal call to an active Christian life. Traditional Home School families will learn the same material as our Family Villages do. They will be provided materials and resources by our parish to walk through the activities and lessons with their children. Homeschool families complete their materials at their own pace, and are supported by our staff if they have questions or need help. Materials for Home School families will be delivered directly to the participant. Materials for Home School families will be delivered directly to the participant. 

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org or Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org.

Confirmation: 

For information about Confirmation preparation, please visit: https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/confirmation/
Questions about Confirmation? Contact Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org

To Register for 2020-2021 Family Formation

2020-2021 Fees:

Family Village Fee: $165 per child through August 23rd, 2020
Cross Train or Cross Road Small Group Fee: $165 per child  through August 23rd, 2020
Home School Regular Fee: $65 per child through August 23rd, 2020

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions and Tips to Successfully Register

23Registration FAQ’s 2020-2021

 How do I know if I’ve successfully registered?

Once your registration is completed, you will receive an email from Faith Direct confirming your registration. It may take up to 30 minutes to receive the email. The email will be sent to the email provided on your Faith Direct account. If you do not receive an email, check your Spam/Promotions/Junk folder. Search your email for “Faith Direct”. If you still didn’t receive an email, your registration most likely did not go through.

I didn’t receive a confirmation email, what should I do?

If you did not receive a confirmation email and are unsure if your registration went through, please take the below steps to check whether your registration went through. Confirmation emails are sent to the email provided on your Faith Direct account.

1.) Login to your Faith Direct account (click here to get to the login screen).
2.) Once logged in, click “Detailed Giving History & Tax Statements” under the “Past Gifts” section (bottom left side).
3.) On the right side of the screen, under the Giving Year section any donations, events, etc. that you had registered for in the current year to date will be displayed.
4.) If your registration went through for Cross Walk/Cross Road/Cross Train or Home School properly, “2020-2021 Formation- Cross Walk, Cross Road, Cross Train Registration” will be displayed with the amount you paid.

My registration isn’t going through! What should I do?

Please take the following steps to optimize the registration process:

  • Check to make sure that all of the required fields are filled out. If all of the fields are not completed, your registration will not be processed.
  • Try a different web browser, using Chrome or Mozilla on a computer/laptop is optimal. Avoid using an iPhone, tablet or Safari to register.
  • Faith Direct will time-out after a certain amount of time. When registering, be sure to complete your registration in a timely manner.
  • If you have tried to register using a computer/laptop with a Chrome or Mozilla browser and are still not able to register successfully, please either contact Patti Panizza at Panizza@stfrancisraleigh.org or contact Faith Direct at 866-507-8757 or info@faithdirect.net.

My credit card number or payment information has changed. What should I do?

If your credit card number has changed, you must first login to Faith Direct by going to this link: https://membership.faithdirect.net/NC674 (follow the instructions to reset your password if you forgot it). Once logged in, click “Update personal Info & Sign-In Name”, (right side of the screen, under the “My Account” section). Update any changes to your address on file, and then click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom. Next, click the “Manage Payment Options”. Review the information and make any updates needed. If there are no changes to your payment information, click the arrow button on the top left of your browser to return to the “My Account” page. At this point, you can copy the registration link into the same browser window to begin the registration process.  2020-2021 Registration links are:

Cross Walk, Cross Train, Cross Road: https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/4886

I’m interested in being a new CORE team member this year.  How can I find out more information about volunteering?

Please contact the appropriate coordinator based on your youth/child(ren)’s age:

Age of Child/Youth Coordinator Name Email Phone
Coordinator of Children’s Formation Sarah Bowser Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x496
Coordinator of Middle School Formation Thomas Bulick Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x239
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Marisa Ferrara Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x223

 

I’d like to be a CORE Team member this year, how do I register my child(ren) so that I receive the registration discount?

Current Core Team members were provided special registration instructions. For the upcoming Formation year, if you are registering as a new CORE Team member, please register as usual and pay the full amount. The difference between the full amount and the CORE discount will be refunded mid-year.


What is the difference between an Adult Presence/Hospitality Coordinator and an Adult Presence/Hospitality Volunteer?

Coordinators are regular CORE Team members, are permanent volunteers, who coordinate the volunteers, and are expected to be at MOST Cross Walk, Cross Train or Cross Road sessions each year. CORE Team Members receive discounted registration fees. All parents who are not CORE team are expected to be non-permanent volunteers who assist with Adult Presence and/or Hospitality during 3 or more Cross Walk, Cross Train or Cross Road sessions per year.


What if another adult in my family wants to volunteer as a Core Team Member?
 

How wonderful!  The more the merrier!  An additional discount is offered to families with multiple Core Team members.

When registering your child:

The first person completing the online registration form (you) fills out the first volunteer (Volunteer 1) information.  Your signature will be required on the “signature line”.

The second volunteer (Volunteer 2) will need to complete an additional online Volunteer Form and their signature will be required the “signature line”.  Please complete this online form: https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/1583.

What is a Level C requirement?

In order to serve as part of the CORE Team, (Adult Presence or Small Group Leader) you must be Level C Certified by completing the Safe Environment class and turning in all documentation to our office.  Certification is good for five years.  Renewal can be done online, please email Trina.Sugrue@stfrancisraleigh.org

If you’re not certified or if you are unsure, visit https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/safe-environment/ for more information.


How many Cross Walk/Cross Road/Cross Train sessions is my child/youth required to attend?

Attendance is taken at every session. We anticipate that youth would regularly attend Cross Walk/Cross Road/Cross Train sessions. For youth in sacramental preparations Faith Formation is a vital part of sacramental preparation.


What are the costs to register?


We are offering an early registration fee this year, May 5th through June 15th. The early registration fees are:

May 5th thru June 15th June 16th thru August 17th
Cross Walk (grades K-5) $140 $165
Cross Train (middle school) $140 $165
Cross Road (high school) $140 $165
Home School (all grades) $55 $65


I’d like to pay the registration fees by check. How do I do this?
Please email Patti.Panizza@stfrancisraleigh.org for further help.


My family is in need of financial assistance. Who can I talk to?

Scholarships are available, please contact the appropriate Coordinator listed below:

Age of Child/Youth Coordinator Name Email Phone
Coordinator of Children’s Formation Sarah Bowser Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x496
Coordinator of Middle School Formation Thomas Bulick Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x239
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Marisa Ferrara Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 x223

 

The deadline to register has passed, what do I do?

In order to provide a safe environment for our Cross Walk, Cross Train and Cross Road programs, a minimum number of Small Group Leaders is needed. Small groups are formed in August. After 8/23/20, Home School will be offered to those families still wanting to register in the 2020-2021 Formation program. Exceptions are granted for those moving in from other areas, or those who agree to be CORE Team members (Small Group Leaders, Adult Presence Coordinators & Hospitality Coordinators) through the start of programming mid-September.  After August 23rd, contact the Children’s Formation Coordinator, Coordinator of Middle School Formation or Coordinator of Youth Ministry (see above table for contact information).


Other registration questions?  Please email
Patti.Panizza@stfrancisraleigh.org.

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