Faith Formation K-12

Our Cross Walk (grades K-5), Cross Train (grades 6-8) and Cross Road (grades 9-12) programs are group-based faith formation programs for our elementary school, middle school and high school-aged children. The programs are centered on the Mass, offering food and fellowship, in a fun, safe environment, with offerings to fit your family’s busy schedule! Our Sunday Cross Walk, Cross Train and Cross Road sessions meet twice a month, August through May. The Formation Team also offers monthly Family Events and other special events that will help build upon the teachings presented each week and foster opportunities in which the families can grow in faith together.  These gatherings will help to make our children feel “at home” at St. Francis, a place where they can have fun and be themselves, while knowing that they are valued and loved!

Families MUST be registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi to participate in Faith Formation. Click here to register at St. Francis.

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Grades K-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Information for 2020-2021 Formation
Registration closes August 17th!

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2020-2021 Fees:

Cross Walk/Train/Road Regular Fee: $165 per child June 16-August 17, 2020
Home School Regular Fee: $65 through August 17, 2020

Families MUST be registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi to participate in Faith Formation. Click here to register at St. Francis.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions and Tips to Successfully Register

Registration 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 or contact Faith Direct at 866-507-8757 or

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: (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:

Home School

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 919-847-8205 x496
Coordinator of Middle School Formation Thomas Bulick 919-847-8205 x239
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Marisa Ferrara 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:

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

If you’re not certified or if you are unsure, visit 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 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 919-847-8205 x496
Coordinator of Middle School Formation Thomas Bulick 919-847-8205 x239
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Marisa Ferrara 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 8/17/20, 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 17th, 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

Cross Walk

Cross Walk is scheduled after the 9:30am Mass to break open treasures of the faith that have just been proclaimed. After the conclusion of the Mass, families hear a 15 minute “proclaim” in the Church with their child. This is presented by a dynamic speaker who challenges families to put our faith into action by living the Word that the Church heard at Mass. Just as the USCCB’s National Directory for Catechisis says, “Cathechesis both precedes the Liturgy and springs from it.”

Children then break out into small groups of approximately 10 children, arranged by grade level. While in their small group, adult volunteer leaders build trusting relationships through prayer, games, hands-on activities, discussion on Catholic teachings, and service projects. Finally, as two large groups, the K-2nd graders and the 3rd-5th graders, separately end with prayer, a presentation of their mission for the week, and dismissal to glorify the Lord with their lives.

At least one parent/guardian remains with their child after Mass from 10:30-11:00am. Through this exciting opportunity, parents are invited to grow and learn together with their child, which is in accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We are reminded that parents are the first formers of their child’s faith and parent participation in Cross Walk celebrates and appreciates this precious vocation!

For more information about the Cross Walk program, please contact

First Eucharist/Reconciliation: 
For information about First Eucharist/First Reconciliation preparation, please visit:

Cross Train/Cross Road

Youth and their families are encouraged to attend the Sunday 5:30pm youth-focused Mass. After Mass, middle and high school youth check in at the Community Center for dinner and social fellowship time with peers. Next, youth participate in the evening session which includes large group activities, as well as a catechetical  lesson. Led by adult leaders, youth will then break open the lesson while building relationships and a sense of community withing their small group. Finally, everyone will gather back in the large group for prayer, their mission for the week, and dismissal.

In addition to our twice per month Sunday Cross Train/Cross Road sessions, other social events, special events, retreats and service opportunities will help build upon the teachings presented each week and engage Cross Train/Cross Road families as well. These gatherings will help our youth to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ and one another.

For more information about Cross Train, contact: Thomas Bulick, Coordinator of Middle School Formation, 919-847-8205 x239.

For more information about Cross Road, contact: Marisa Ferrara, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, 919-847-8205 x223.

Youth in grades rising 8th through high school are eligible to participate in our Confirmation Preparation program. Click here for information about Confirmation. For more information, contact 

Home School Faith Formation

We understand that all family schedules and situations are different and that some families may choose to homeschool their children/youth.  We do offer this as an option. Participation in this program includes appropriate age level materials and open invitations to our “All Family” events.

For more information about the Home School program, visit the Formation Home School page.

Summer Programs

Continuing faith formation is a year around goal and St Francis gives those opportunities to the youth in our Vacation Bible School, Mercy Camps, and High School Mission MercyWe offer faith based summer opportunities for ages pre-k through rising college freshmen. Click here to learn more about our Formation Summer Camps.


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