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“He then took a child, set him in front of them,
put his arms around him, and said to them,
‘Anyone who welcomes
one of these children in my name, welcomes me;
and anyone who welcomes me,
welcomes not me but the one who sent me.'”
– Mark 9:36-37

Christian Formation Program/Classes

Times and Locations

The Child Ministry portion of our Christian Formation program includes several distinct sections, as described below. The pdficon_small Christian Formation Calendar shows the times and locations for classes at all grade levels.

K3-K5:

  • Sunday mornings during the 10:00 AM Mass at SFB-North

 Grades 1-5:

  • Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:15 PM, at St. Francis Borgia Education & Activity Center (E&AC)

Registration

If you are interested in enrolling in our Christian Formation program, and you are a parish member, please see the Registration Information on the Parent Materials page, and return the registration form to the parish office.

If you are not a member of our parish community, please contact the Director of Child Ministry.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Grade Specific Religious Education Curriculum

In 2004 the Archdiocese of Milwaukee developed the Grade Specific Religious Education Curriculum with the intent of identifying core religious education topics for each grade level. The structure of the curriculum is based upon the four parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. This is also described as:

  • What the Church Believes;
  • What the Church Celebrates;
  • How the Church Lives; and
  • How the Church Prays.

Below are the grade level expectations that the Archdiocese has identified, including the typical characteristics of a child at this level:

Grade K3 – Grade 5 Christian Formation Curriculum and Books

We catechize children in Grade K3-Grade 5 in accordance with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Grade Specific Religious Education Curriculum. The specific texts St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church Christian Formation utilizes are shown below.

Kindergarten levels K3 and K4 use texts from Loyola Press. For K5-Grade 5, we use the 2011 We Believe series by William H. Sadlier, Inc. Both the student’s text and catechist’s manual are found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee Use of the Catechism.

K3 – God Made Me
K4 – God Made The World
K5 – We Believe: God Made The World
Grade 1 – God Loves Us
Grade 2 – Jesus Shares God’s Life
Pflaum Sacrament Program – First Reconciliation
Pflaum Sacrament Program – First Eucharist
Grade 3 – We Are The Church
Grade 4 – God’s Law Guides Us
Grade 5 – We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments

Sadlier: We Believe Web

Sadlier_We_BelieveSadlier provides an exceptional website for catechists/teachers, students and families with many formational ideas, activities and opportunities. Click on the image on the right to access the site.

Sacraments

The Catechism of the Catholic Church articulates that “the sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundation of every Christian life”, and pronounces that, “the faithful are born anew in Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life” (1212). The Catechism goes on to advise us that “Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave… sins… has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit his healing and salvation” and that this is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: Penance and the Anointing of the Sick (1421).

All baptized are invited to participate in preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The Code of Canon Law stipulates that the sacrament of Reconciliation precede the sacrament of Eucharist (c. 913); in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, First Reconciliation is to precede First Eucharist. If your child has not been baptized please contact the Director of Adult and Family Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 250, or send an e-mail.

Catechesis for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist begins in Grade 1. This formation, in addition to attending Mass and preparation at home, provides the foundation for these sacraments. More specific information about preparation for each of these sacraments is provided below.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) is celebrated weekly at St. Francis Borgia; information about the schedule is on the Reconciliation page. Reconciliation services are also provided within Christian Formation class time; please see the pdficon_small Christian Formation Calendar. If your child is in Grade 3 or above and would like to celebrate First Reconciliation please contact the Director of Child Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 226.

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated in Grade 2. Preparation includes the following:

  • Enrollment in the Christian Formation program or SFB School, at least one year prior to the reception of the sacrament.
  • Participation in all aspects of the preparation program, including: classroom catechesis, parent meetings and the mandatory First Reconciliation review session.
  • Active membership at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.
  • Weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.

Parent meetings are held in the fall and the sacrament is celebrated during Advent; please see page 2 of the pdficon_small Christian Formation Calendar for exact dates.

Eucharist

Because the Church draws her life from the Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life, participation in the Sunday Eucharist is essential to you and your child(ren)’s faith life. Through the sacraments we witness the dying and rising of Christ, and we are especially absorbed into this, the Paschal Mystery, through the sacrament of Eucharist. Please see our Mass schedule for Mass times. If your child is in Grade 3 or above and would like to celebrate First Eucharist please contact the Director of Child Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 226.

First Eucharist

First Eucharist is ordinarily celebrated in Grade 2. Preparation includes the following:

  • Enrollment in the Christian Formation program or SFB School, at least one year prior to the reception of the sacrament.
  • Participation in all aspects of the preparation program, including: classroom catechesis, parent meetings, and a mandatory afternoon of reflection.
  • Active membership at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.
  • Weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.

Parent meetings are held in the spring and the sacrament is celebrated during the Easter Season; please see page 2 of the pdficon_small Christian Formation Calendar for exact dates.

Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC)

Through the Liturgy of the Word for Children, we provide the opportunity for children ages K4-Grade 3 to hear the Sunday Scriptures, in child-friendly language. The children are called forward during Mass and return to their parents prior to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Liturgy of the Word for Children will be offered during the 10 a.m. Mass, downstairs in the church hall on these days:

  • The fourth Sunday of each month, and
  • The fifth Sunday of the month (when there is a fifth Sunday)

Catechists to help with LWC lessons are always needed.

Family Faith Sessions

Family Faith Sessions are periodically offered after the 10 a.m. Mass for our families and our youngest parishioners, ages infant to K5. The program includes light refreshments, prayer, Bible story, music and movement. Together we celebrate our Catholic faith with our families and our community. Session dates are noted on page 2 of the pdficon_small Christian Formation Calendar, and are announced in the bulletin.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible school is a week-long summer catechetical program for children who are in grade K4-grade 5. Many youth (middle and high school) and adult volunteers are needed to help Vacation Bible School run smoothly. See the Vacation Bible School page for more information.

More Information

For more information on any aspect of child formation, contact the Director of Child Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 226, or send an e-mail. (Names and biographies of Christian Formation staff are on the Parish Staff page.)