GIFT (Generations in Faith Together)

Research is nearly unanimous on this point: parents matter most in shaping the religious lives of their children. (Dean, Almost Christian)

GIFT LogoAll members of our parish community are invited to our GIFT gatherings, our intergenerational approach to Faith Formation. For families with school-aged children, this will be our primary faith formation program. Families sign up to attend either the Sunday of Wednesday track and attend gatherings help once a month.

At each gathering, there is a meal, opening prayer and introduction of the topic. Children are dismissed fro their grade-level group with their catechists, while parents and high school youth stay and learn more about the topic at their level of understanding.

These gatherings are designed to provide all family members with similar material so that learning and discussions can continue about the topic at home.

This year, during our GIFT gatherings, we will be focusing on pastoral plan, Shaping the Future and how this document provides a model for us to live our faith within the context of the parish and communities in which we are involved. See the schedule below.

We also offer supplemental formation opportunities for children and youth.

  • Kindergarten through 4th graders are invited to attend our FISH – Friends in Service to Him program which takes place during the 10:30 am Sunday Mass.
  • Middle School Youth (5-8th graders) and High School Youth are invited to participate in our Youth Ministry program which each meet once a month and are involved in service projects in the parish and wider community.

GIFT is meant to compliment liturgical events and other parish activities.

To read more about our programs and for a complete calendar of all the meeting times and events, download the Registration Newsletter (1). To register, please complete the 2016-2017 Faith Formation (GIFT/Sacraments/Confirmation) Registration form. These gatherings are for the entire family. For more information, contact Sabrina Harper.

OCTOBER Revelation
Revelation of our Pastoral Plan: Shaping the Future

NOVEMBER Trinity
Our Call to Community Building

DECEMBER Jesus Christ
Our Call to Evanglization

JANUARY Church
Our Call to Catechesis

FEBRUARY Sacraments
Our Call to Family and Pastoral Care

MARCH Morality
Our Call to Prayer and Worship

APRIL Kingdom of God
Our Call to Stewardship

MAY Catholic Social Teachings
Our Call to Justice and Charity


October 2nd from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

November 6th from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

December 4th from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

January 8th from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

February 5th from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

March 5th  from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

April 2nd  from 11:30-1:30 pm

 

April 30th from 11:30-1:30 pm

October 5th from 6-8pm

 

November 9th from 6-8pm

 

December 7th from 6-8pm

 

January 11th from 6-8pm

 

February 8th from 6-8pm

 

March 8th from 6-8pm

 

April 5th from 6-8pm

 

May 3rd from 6-8pm

 

June 8th from 6-8pm

 

Catechists

Our volunteer catechists are trained in the parish and encouraged to attend workshops for their own enrichment.

Our Summer Catechist Formation day will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016  from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park. Click on the link to download the flyer for more information Flyer, Summer 2016 Catechist FormationFlyer, Summer 2016 Catechist Formation

Our annual Faith Formation Conference is a collaboration between the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Dioceses of Oakland, San Jose, Monterrey and Stockton, will take place this year at the San Jose Convention Center on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd, 2015.

osvcurriculum.com

Our Sunday Visitor is the publisher of Call to Faith, the text series we are using for our GIFT program. They have put launched a wonderful, user friendly website for parents, catechists and children. There are home lessons, prayer, games and fun activities. Visit the site www.osvcurriculum.com 

Safe Environment

Each year, we act in accordance with Archdiocesan mandates for background checks of all catechists and helpers who have regular contact with children. They are required to complete a course called “Recognize, Report and Prevent Child Abuse” before they can begin their ministry.  The course can be found at www.shieldthevulnerable.org

In an effort to help parents keep their children safe, the Archdiocese of San Francisco offers the following programs for children (and their parents) to complete.

For Preschool – 3rd Graders: St. Matthias Parish and Preschool will be partnering to provide a Safety Faire for parents to attend with their children. Parents will listen to a presentation by parishioner and expert and be given a packet of material with talking points to complete at home with their sons/daughters. It will be offered on Thursday, October 22nd from 7-8:30 pm.

For 4-12th Graders: There are on-line courses available for each grade level. These courses can be assessed at www.shieldthevulnerable.org. It is mandatory that the appropriate course be completed BEFORE Dec 31st. Please send a copy of the completion certificate to the parish office, ATTN: Sabrina Harper.

We are mandated by the U.S. Bishops to offer these courses and required to complete “Compliance Reports” at the end of each year. To help us reach our goal of 100% compliance, please complete the course by Dec 31st.

Program Info

Teaching children our Catholic Prayers and Practices are one of the ways we pass on our faith. Here is a list of Prayers & Practices for Kindergarten – High School.