Frequently asked questions

My child’s name or grade is incorrect. How can I update it?


You can log in to your Church Center account on the web or on the app and update your profile and those in your family’s as well.




What in addition to FAITH FX sessions is required for Communion Prep?


All that is required other than the monthly session are the following: PREREQUISITES: - Registered with the Parish - Actively participating in the life of the Parish EVENTS: - First Penance Service - Communion Retreat - Parent participation in 2 parent meetings during the year - First Communion Ceremony Rehearsal




How can I sign my child up for Communion Prep if they are in a grade above 2nd grade?


If your child is in grade 3 or above and needs 1st Communion, please contact ff@stteresaavila.org to be registered for First Communion Preparation.




What opportunities will my family have to attend Mass around FAITH FX?


There are many Masses offered at St Teresa's for families to participate in. We invite you to choose any of them to attend.

There will be specific Masses offered that are planned moments of worship for families. The 9:30AM Mass in Memorial Hall will continue to be offered as one of two Children's Masses.
Starting after Labor Day in the Fall, the 11:00AM Children's Mass will be moved to 12:00PM and it will remain in Memorial Hall. This will allow the FAITH FX sessions to occur in between the Children's Masses which will, in turn, allow families to be able to go to Mass either before or after FAITH FX.




What do I do if I know we can not attend all of the FAITH FX/EDGE sessions in any one group (A, B or C)?


If you cannot attend all the sessions in your selected group: A, B, or C, email ff@stteresaavila.org.




What are my options if my child(ren) cannot attend FAITH FX/EDGE sessions on Sundays?


In designing this program, we have made it flexible for families to choose one Sunday a month to attend. As this is a once a month commitment there are no alternatives during the week particularly because these Sunday events are meant to be paired with attending Mass. There are options for small groups during the week that you can explore.




When are the Parent Meetings?


There are no more parent meetings this year. As those in Children’s Ministry will be participating with their children, this opportunity to be formed along with your children will take the place of parent meetings. Additionally, we will provide the content usually given at parent meetings in digital format this year to support the family-at-home portion of Faith Formation in what will be called PARENT CUE. Otherwise, we do hope to provide optional offerings just for parents in the near future.




My child is in middle school. When do they begin the Confirmation Prep program?


Confirmation preparation will be a one year, interactive program open to those at least entering the 9th grade, where candidates will prepare during the school year and be confirmed in the Spring of that same year. As 2019-2020 is a transitional year, those entering 9th grade this year who have completed Confirmation preparation in 2018-2019 will be confirmed this academic year. Those entering 9th grade, or above, who did not prepare in 2018-2019, but would like to be prepared for Confirmation this year, are asked to email ff@stteresaavila.org. Families seeking Confirmation for their teens are asked to be registered parishioners and active in the life of the Parish, as Confirmation means a full initiation into the active life within the Church.




Why have the Confirmation Prep program be one year, open to those entering 9th Grade?


Being confirmed is a gift and an important step on the faith journey, one which we want to support and ensure that students have discerned and are ready to make. Allowing middle-schoolers to complete the middle school Faith Formation program first allows them to be invested in as middle-schoolers and finish forming a foundation during their middle school years before entering a more formal sacramental preparation process. The benefits of sacramental preparation in high school is that high-schoolers tend to have a higher capacity to grasp the meaning of the sacrament and its responsibilities. It is the natural season of maturing when they are preparing for adulthood in general. In this way, the Church can better accompany them during this life transition, helping them see both joys and challenges through the lens of an important sacrament that strengthens them. 9th grade and Confirmation correlate in that they are both times of beginning anew, as Confirmation is not "graduation" from the lived experience of faith. Additionally, on the faith formation survey, more families indicated that they preferred a one year program in the 9th grade. A one year program allows for a clearer path and commitment following the liturgical year, as is customary with most sacramental preparation programs. It sets the celebration of Confirmation in the Spring each year, which is also a customary liturgical season for Confirmation in the Church.




My child has special needs. What can I do if the FAITH FX or the EDGE program is not a functional environment for my child?


If your child has special needs and you believe that they will need more individualized attention, we do have other opportunities available. Please contact ff@stteresaavila.org for more information.




Why have Faith Formation Programs on Sundays?


The main Faith Formation programs are scheduled on Sundays to facilitate families being able to attend Mass. Mass is the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith and any faith formation is impossible without it. Additionally, on the faith formation survey more families indicated that they preferred once a month programs on Sundays over weekdays.





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