Faith Formation Ministry Ages 1-4
Play and Pray is our faith formation based nursery for Parish children. We accept children age one and walking, through age 4. The children come to us during either the 9:00am Mass and spend the time listening to the Gospel for that week, and then participate in interactive, hands-on activities that teach about our Catholic doctrine and traditions. The hour is full of fun times playing and praying.
Pray and Play Registration for 2021-2022 is Open! Please see below for registration information.
We are desperately trying to open Play and Pray back up! We need at least 40 volunteers and 8 staff members to get started!
Interested in volunteering? Contact Andrea.Javier@stfrancisraleigh.org
Play & Pray Program Information
Our goal at Play and Pray is to partner with the parents of young children, to provide an opportunity for parents to fully engage in Mass, and for children to begin to hear the stories of Jesus and learn about our Catholic tradition using language and activities that are age appropriate.
In addition to hearing the Gospel for the week, the older children learn about:
Sacraments – We teach the children about the first 4 sacraments that they will receive: Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Prayers – Over the course of the year, the children will learn how to make the Sign of the Cross, the Hail Mary, the Our Father and will hear stories about the life of Jesus.
Holidays and Holy Figures – Our curriculum is based off of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation program. We also use rotating lessons to tell the children about different Holy Men and Women, and about different holidays that are occurring. Some lessons that we have had in the past are: Noah, Jonah, Joshua and Jericho, St. Francis and St. Clare, St. Nicholas, St. Valentine, St. Patrick, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, plus Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and Thanksgiving.
All of our classrooms are staffed with experienced, consistent caregivers, along with rotating trained volunteers.
How to Register
Watch our Video Tutorial!
View this brief video tutorial on how to register for Cross Walk, Cross Train and Cross Road on the web version of Realm. Registration for Pray & Play is similar. Click the video below to get started.
Getting registered for K-12 Formation requires logging into Realm
- Haven’t yet set up your Realm account? Visit the Realm Support Page.
- A tutorial video for Setting up your Realm account is available here.
- We recommend using a computer or tablet and the Realm web version (onrealm.org/StFrancisRaleigh) to register for Pray & Play due to the amount of information you’ll need to input.
Follow the steps below to begin registration using Realm
Step 1: Log in to Realm (You must first log in to Realm in order to register for Pray & Play)
Step 2: Click on the Events tab (left side of your screen) or the Events Icon in the Realm Connect app.
Step 3: Click on “All Events” and locate the “2021-2022 Play & Pray Registration” event
Step 4: Click on the event to get started
If you need additional help, please view the video tutorial.