Family Faith Formation

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION - what does that mean?

We've shifted from an older CCD model to something more personal.  

  • It's less class, and more Mass.
  • It's less textbook, and more Bible.  
  • It's not a program, it's a process.  
  • It's not an assembly line, it's family & community.  
  • It's not a series of promotional events, it's a lifestyle.  

Family Faith Formation is a way to help support and encourage parents to be the best examples of Christian Life to the children they hope to raise as good Christian kids.  Keeping our faith strong is our shield against real evil influences in our lives.

We live in an age where glowing electronic devices instantly link us to a world that is telling us what to think, how to feel, and how to identify.  We are often overwhelmed with input, information, and choices.  And in that noise are voices trying to tell your children what to believe, and how to behave.  

If you aren't talking to them about belonging to God's family, and being infinitely valuable, beautiful & irreplaceable people, who actually have the ability to bring positive change to their lives and help others too- then what are they hearing instead?  What are they hearing most often?

We want to help empower ourselves as parents, to have meaningful conversations about faith, God, sin & forgiveness, morals, sacraments, life, and to be comfortable saying "let's find out together" when kids ask something we can't easily answer.  Let's work together.

We often talk about a "personal relationship with Christ" - and relationships need attention, time & communication.  What does a relationship look like in real life?  Christianity has to be lived and experienced to be relate-able.  We should aim and point the way to Jesus, then do our best to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our professed beliefs- lifestyle, Bible, mass, prayer.  If we want our children to know Christ, they need to see Him in us!

Let us help show you simple ways to share the faith in your home and in the parish community.  We want to show you how easy it can be to talk to your children about being a follower of Jesus Christ.  

If you have not received your 2019/2020 Family Faith Formation package, please check in with us in the gathering space of the church.  Family Faith Formation is for ALL of our children, regardless of where they attend school.  

Questions?  Please contact Dick Berndt or Nathan McVey in the Parish Office: 410-272-6944.

*** Phased Re-Opening after COVID-19 Response ***

Daily & Weekend Masses have resumed.
There will be no CLOW or Family Formation Gatherings scheduled at this time.

Mass Schedule: Weekdays 830am, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 8:30am & 11:15am
Masks, Hand Sanitizing, and Social Distancing, along with Attendance Capacity Limits will be required.

The Parish Office is open.  Appointments are preferred.  We encourage phone, email, text, and video chat if possible.

We realize families with high-risk individuals may not choose to attend masses yet, and parents with small children may not be able to celebrate the mass and maintain social distancing and masks on faces as required, so we'll continue to offer the mass online for those who can't join us in person.  The Sunday Obligation remains lifted during this phase, so be safe, join us if you can, and celebrate with us online if that works better for you at this time. 

COVID-19 Adapted Resources -->  

Even though we're celebrating Mass again, we recognize that small kids will not wear masks or "social distance" themselves, so content will continue to be updated regularly right here, to help you keep God at the center of your home.

SJA Church - Weekly Sunday Mass on Youtube:

Clips for CLOW - Video Series (email / text links sent weekly via Flocknote)

FORMED:  (Video Streaming Library)

Family Formation Weekly Printables: 

Sept 6th : Readings, Psalm & Gospel for this week

Sept 13th : Readings, Psalm & Gospel for this week

Sept 20th : Readings, Psalm & Gospel for this week

Sept 27th :  Readings, Psalm & Gospel for this week

Pray as a family, see God in everything you do, and be kind to everyone you meet.

(try opening PDFs in Acrobat if your browser doesn't load all pages)

Older weekly printables can be found in the FFF Printables Archive


Love God- put God first.  

Love People- with kindness & hospitality.  

Live Accordingly- turn good habits, like prayer & service into a lifestyle that reflects God's Love.

Some thoughts about Family Faith Formation:

What is CATHOLIC - in a world full of so much confusion...

Special Message for Faith Formation Adults & Teens:

Leaving the following videos here a little while longer...  :)

Here's an insightful video about God's Grace:

And here's a beautiful video from USCCB & Catholic Relief Services, about being good stewards of God's Creation:

PC / Mac users see sidebar for more videos.  

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May 30th is the Feast Day of our Patron, Saint Joan of Arc!

Click HERE for Coloring Pages featuring our Saint Joan of Arc

Click HERE for more information about the Life and Times of Saint Joan of Arc

Click HERE for a conversation starter and activity sheet that involves Drawing & Coloring

Click HERE for a conversation starter and activity sheet that involves some Writing for the older kids