Welcome to Faith Formation!
St. John's Department of Faith Formation, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004
Phone: (716) 937-6959 Email: [email protected]
Catechatical Leader: Mrs. Jenny Golinski
Faith Formation Office hours:
Faith Formation News: Important Dates:
March 7th 9:00 - noon: First Reconciliation retreat for Faith Formation and School Students
March 14th & 15th Families of Faith weekend
March 21st 9:00 - noon: First Eucharist retreat for Faith formation and school students (a parent needs to attend with the child(ren)
March 21st 1:00 pm:1st Reconciliation - please arrive at 12:45
March 28th: Confirmation retreat 12:00- 5:30 pm at Annunciation Parish in Elma - Selbert Hall
Confirmation students: A reminder that your completed Confirmation packets are due by January 8th. Please put all paperwork in an envelope to submit it to the Faith Formation office. If you still need service ideas please email me at [email protected]
Families of Faith resumes January 11/12 and our topic will be Baptism.
If you have a 2nd or 3rd grader and didn't attend one of the sacramental prep meetings for 1st Reconciliation or 1st Communion, please contact the office after the new year. Preparation begins in late January, so don't miss out on preparing your child this year.
St. John's Parish believes Religious Education is a continuing journey of faith. It is one that begins in the home and is reinforced by weekly classes. We strive to teach the students the basic principles of the Catholic faith, giving meaning to the rituals and symbols of Catholicism and helping them grow in their prayer life. It is our desire to work in conjunction with their families. These classes need to be combined with their family’s daily commitment to practicing the faith (regular Mass attendance, commitment to God, service to others and good example).
Safe Environment Training
We can all be part of the solution--- together we can prevent child abuse. All clergy, consecrated men and women and employees, are required to take Safe Environment Training. In addition, all volunteers serving minors, working in food pantries or meal service, providing ministerial service in private homes or other facilities and/or administering service in an after school program must be trained.
In the Diocese of Buffalo all volunteers over 18 years old must complete a safe environment training foundation class. The current foundation training program is “Protecting God’s Children for Adults" which is a 3 hour program that provides steps that each one of us can take to prevent child sexual abuse. As a component of the training, all volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics.
After taking the Safe Environment foundation course, a renewal training through monthly online training is required.
Please visit virtus.org to learn more about the Diocese of Buffalo Safe Environment Training, to register for a training class, or to complete online training.
The Diocese of Buffalo encourages anyone who has been a victim of sexual, physical or emotional abuse by any clergy, consecrated life, employee or volunteer of the Roman Catholic Church to contact the police.
Please continue to pray for the end of all abuse and a greater respect of the dignity of the human person.
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