CROSS STEP (formerly known as Play & Pray) is St. Francis of Assisi’s newest addition to its family of Cross faith formation programs.  

Cross Step’s mission is to the faith formation of children who are 1 year old (and walking) through 4 years old.  Held during the 9:00AM Sunday mass, your child will learn about the Gospel and participate in fun, hand-on learning activities that are focused on Catholic doctrine and traditions.  Using Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies’ “Seeds” curriculum, Cross Step will help your child take their first STEPS in their lifelong walk with God!

Annual registration and weekly RSVP through your family’s Realm account is required for participation.  Sessions are held every Sunday, with the exception of holiday weekends.  

  • 2022-2023 CROSS STEP REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 8, 2022 @ 10:00AM

Families wishing to register their children for Faith Formation at St. Francis of Assisi must be registered parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi.  If you would like to register as parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi, please click on the link below: 

Click here to register at St. Francis.

2022-2023 K-12 Faith Formation Program

Cross Walk occurs immediately after the 9:00am Mass on Sunday mornings with a breaking open of treasures of the faith that were just proclaimed.  Children hear a 15 minute “proclaim” in the Church presented by a dynamic speaker who challenges the m to put their faith into action by living the Word heard at Mass.  Just as the USCCB’s National Directory for Catechesis says, “Catechesis both precedes the Liturgy and springs from it.”

Children then break out into small groups of approximately 10 children in the same grade level.  While in small groups, adult volunteer leaders build trusting relationships through prayer, games, hands-on activities, discussion on Catholic teachings, and service projects.  The session ends with prayer and presentation of their mission for the week followed by a dismissal to glorify the Lord with their lives.

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!  All parents/guardians are invited to serve as volunteers, whether it be co-leading a Small Group or serving as an Adult Presence volunteer.

For more information about the Cross Walk program, contact Marisa.ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org.

First Eucharist/Reconciliation: 
If you would like to learn more about First Eucharist and First Reconciliation preparation, click here:   https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/first-eucharist/

Cross Train and Cross Road youth participants are encouraged to attend the 5:30 PM youth-focused mass on Sunday evenings.  Immediately following mass, Cross Train and Cross Road participants join together for large group activities and a catechetical lesson.  After large group discussion, youth participants will break into their small designated small groups, led by adult group leaders, they will break open the week’s lesson and engage in deeper discussion.  Meeting in a small groups helps youth build relationships with others in their group thereby creating a sense of community.  Once Small Groups have concluded, participants gather together again as a large group for prayer and large group discussion, followed by dismissal.  In addition to Sunday evening youth group sessions, Cross Road and Cross Train participants are provided with opportunities to participate in retreats, socials and service projects.  

Participation in Cross Train and Cross Road will strengthen your child’s faith and help deepen their relationship with Christ and one another.  

For more information about Cross Train, contact:  Jeanne Lewin, Coordinator of Middle School Formation at 919-847-8205 x239 or at jeanne.lewin@stfrancisraleigh.org

For more information about Cross Road, contact: Gus Francheschi, Coordinator of High School Formation, at 919-847-8205, ext. 238, or at gus.francheschi@stfrancisraleigh.org

Youth in rising 8th – 10th grades are eligible to participate in Confirmation Preparation Classes.  For more information click here: Confirmation, or contact Jeanne Lewin, Director of Faith Formation, at 919-847-8205, ext. 239.  

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Requirements:  To ensure the safety and efficacy of our programs, we ask each family to volunteer for three or more sessions.  Please click here to learn more about volunteering:  https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/ff_volunteer/

Current Level C/Safe Environment Certification:  To learn more about Safe Environment Certification and to view upcoming training dates, click here:  https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/safe-environment/

Registration for Faith Formation must be accomplished through your family’s Realm account.  Families wishing to register their children for Faith Formation at St. Francis of Assisi must be registered parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi.  If you would like to register as parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi, please click on this link:  Click here to register at St. Francis.

Haven’t yet set up your family’s Realm account yet?  Visit the Realm Support Page.

    • A tutorial video is available here:  Setting up your Realm account is available here.
    • It is recommended that you use a computer or tablet is recommended when setting up your family’s Realm account.  In addition, to simplify set up of your account, you should use the WEB VERSION of Realm, found here:    onrealm.org/StFrancisRaleigh
    • NOTE:  If your child is not listed as a member of your household in your Realm profile, please complete the form below.  Members of your household must be must be added by a member of our database administration team.  Please complete the “Add Family Member” form herehttps://form.jotform.com/210324312066138

Ready to register?  Follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your Realm accounton either the web version or Realm or on the Realm Connect app.
  2. Click on “Events” (left side). (In Realm Connect, click on the “Events” icon.)
  3. Click on “All Events.” Locate the program for which you wish to register your child.
  4. Click on the correct registration event and enter the required information, make payment, etc.

If you need help, please view the video tutorial (to the left).

Need an invitation to join Realm? Click here.

Summer Programs

St. Francis of Assisi is dedicated to provide year-round faith formation opportunities for your child.  Our popular summer programs such as Vacation Bible School, Mercy Camp, and Mission Mercy offer faith-based summer fun for your child.  Summer programs are available for Rising Pre-Kindergarteners through Rising College Freshmen.  Click here to learn more about Formation Summer Camps.

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