Combined Locks, Wisconsin

Transform Faith Formation

Grades 1-4: Afternoon Elementary Faith Formation

Logistics: Every Wednesday afternoon, 4:00-5:15pm. Children from Janssen Elementary walk over after school for snack/video time until everyone else arrives; we begin at 4:00pm. When Evening Family Faith Formation  meets, all elementary families are welcome to stay for dinner, served between 5:15 and 6:30pm.

Key Dates:

  • September 11: First week!
  • Yellow dates on the calendar; our few off-weeks are mostly around holiday times
  • May 6: Last week!

Curricula/Content: All grades start together in the large group. We play a game, learn a Saint story, and pray. Children go with their catechists [teachers] for the rest of the session. Grades 1,3, and 4 use Loyola Press’s Christ Our Life series and additional material/activities developed by our creative catechists. For Grade 2, we use a series from The Augustine Institute called Signs of Grace and additional at-home material specific for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion


Grades 5-11: Evening Family Faith Formation

Logistics: Family Faith Formation begins with a free meal, served from 5:15-6:30pm in the parish hall.  Families are welcome to arrive anytime between 5:15 and 6:30 to eat, or if you’d rather eat at home or bring a takeout/drive thru meal, that’s great too. At 6:30 groups separate: 5th and 6th graders go upstairs to their classrooms; 7th-8th graders go to Youth Room A; 9th graders go to Youth Room B. 10th-11th graders watch the same content as the Adult Faith Mentors, and then go upstairs to Youth Room C for  discussion. Everyone ends together in church with family prayer and we dismiss by 8:00pm.

Key Dates:

  • September 11: First week!
  • Green dates on the calendar; ~every-other week
  • May 6: Last week!

Curricula/Content:

  • 5th Grade: Sacraments
  • 6th Grade: Old Testament
  • 7th-8th Grade: Encounter: Finding God in the Everyday
  • 9th Grade: Chosen: This Is Your Catholic Faith and The Reason Series: What Science Says About God
  • 10th-11th Grade: The Wild Goose: Discovering a Relationship with the Holy Spirit

For All Grades: In addition to our content nights, we have five off-site service evenings throughout the year and a few spirituality nights. These service & spirituality nights are as much as part of Faith Formation as the classes/content nights, and are intended to be experienced in family groups as the youth/teens and Adult Faith Mentors serve and pray together.


Adult Faith Mentors for Evening Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation includes an Adult Faith Mentor (AFM) component. AFMs can be parents, grandparents, godparents, neighbors, family friends, etc. AFMs don’t have to be same person each time, though consistency is nice for building community.

All families whose 5th-11th grader(s) participate in Evening Family Faith Formation need an Adult Faith Mentor to attend  each time Family Faith Formation meets.

Logistics: Approximately every-other Wednesday,  Family Faith Formation begins with a free meal, served from 5:15-6:30pm in the parish hall. Families are      welcome to arrive anytime between 5:15-6:30pm to eat, or if you’d rather eat at home or bring a takeout/drive thru meal, that’s great too. At 6:30pm groups separate. AFMs stay in the  Parish Hall or meet in the Evangelization Room upstairs.

Key Dates:

  • September 11: First week!
  • Green dates on the calendar; ~every-other week
  • May 6: Last week!

Curricula/Content:

  • New Participants: AFMs new to our Evening Family Faith Formation model begin with Alpha, a discussion-based exploration of the Christian faith with no judgment & no pressure. [held in the   Evangelization room upstairs]. Alongside teens/youth, AFMs are part of 5 offsite service nights when families serve together  in the community.
  • Returning Participants: After our first year of Alpha, we are continuing our faith exploration with the Wild Goose. Wild Goose is a similar format to Alpha but is more specifically Catholic. [held in the parish hall] Alongside teens/youth, AFMs are part of 5 offsite service nights when families serve    together out in the  community.