Welcome to St. Sylvester Faith Formation Process
In an effort to do what is best for the children and families of St. Sylvester Parish who have children in Catholic School, we have made some changes, effective for the 2017-2018 year in the Faith Formation Process.
As a Catholic School student, your child receives religious education in Catholic School, but their formation in the faith and preparation for the reception of Sacraments (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) takes place at St. Sylvester Parish where you are registered and worship.
“The parish is the center of the spiritual and sacramental life, and the parish community is the normal community setting for the initiation into the sacraments, upbringing in the faith, and the development of the Christian personality. The Catholic school religious education program may offer additional religious instruction. However, the parish worshipping community is the appropriate setting for sacramental initiation and celebration. The parish community has the responsibility to lead the children and their parents/guardians through a special sacramental catechesis and celebration.” Pastoral Manual Diocese of Rockville Centre 2011 pg. 1 Sacraments
In order to assist you in what is your privilege and responsibility as parents, we will support and assist you in preparing your child for Sacraments in the following way:
Level 1: Parent/Child Faith Formation (Prerequisite for Level 2 Reconciliation and Eucharist)
Please call the parish and make an appointment to come in and register your child for Level 1. Level 1 meets 6 times during the year on Saturdays from 9am to 10:15 am. The first meeting is held in the church. The remaining 5 are held in the Parish Center. Parents are expected to stay at the parish for a presentation, while your child is in a class doing lessons, crafts, etc. with the other children and catechists. The year ends with a prayer service and bagel breakfast that all families help to make happen.
Level 2: Immediate Preparation for Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
Please click here to register your child in one of the Level 2 classes being offered. Your child will attend classes weekly according to the calendar that you will receive. Parents are expected to attend all parent meetings pertaining to the Level their child is in.
Levels 3, 4, 5, 6
Please click here for a calendar to see the special gatherings that your child and you are invited and encouraged to attend. If your child attends Catholic School, no registration in Faith Formation is necessary for these years.
Level 7: (Prerequisite for Level 8 Confirmation)
Please click here to register your child in one of the Level 7 classes being offered. Your child will attend classes weekly according to the calendar that you will receive. Parents are expected to attend all parent meetings pertaining to the Level their child is in.
Level 8: Immediate Preparation for Sacrament of Confirmation
Please click here to register your child in one of the Level 8 classes being offered. Your child will attend classes weekly according to the calendar that you will receive. Parents are expected to attend all parent meetings pertaining to the Level their child is in.
As we work toward the faith formation of all families, you and your child are invited and encouraged to attend all of the many liturgical celebrations and other events that take place here at St. Sylvester.
It is most important for your child to know that faith is a part of your family’s daily life. Regular attendance at Mass and daily prayer are necessary to the development of your child’s faith formation and are expected of all participants in the Faith Formation Process.
Please call us if you have questions at 631-475-4506, Ext. 107.
Please be assured of our prayers for you as we continue on this journey of faith together. We look forward to being with you at regular Sunday worship and at the many other occasions that bring us together as one community... praying, growing, serving and welcoming in Jesus Christ.
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