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)
The GIFT Program: Generations in Faith Together
GIFT: Generations in Faith Together is our intergenerational, family based faith formation program. Gatherings are held the first week of the month on Sunday’s from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. At each gathering, we enjoy a meal, opening prayer and introduction of the topic. Parents then guide children through topics and activities which are presented by the facilitators. Activities are presented in a way which empowers parents to share their faith with their children. GIFT is intended to complement liturgical events and other parish activities.
With GIFT at the center of our faith formation programming, other opportunities are available as follows:
- ChristLife for Adults
- Bible Study for Adults
- RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
- Seasonal Retreats
- High School Youth Ministry
- Middle School Youth Ministry
- FISH: Friends in Service to Him for Kindergarten to 4th Graders
- SALT: Sharing and Learning Together for Preschoolers
- Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation for 2nd to 9th Graders
- Confirmation Preparation for 9th to 12th Graders
To read more about our programs and for a complete calendar of all the meeting times and events, view the Faith Formation Registration Information packet which includes the link for registration.
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 24, 2019 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park. Click here to download the flyer for more information.
Each year, we act in accordance with national mandates implemented in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for fingerprinting and/or background checks of all catechists and volunteers who have regular contact with young people. Also, all catechists and volunteers are required to complete an online course called, “Protecting God’s Children” before they begin their ministry and is renewed every three years.
Also, each year children will be guided through the “Empowering God’s Children Program” designed for specific age groups which provide a theme that introduces and builds on the basic concepts of the Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide. The material is developmentally appropriate for each age group and includes content and activities that reinforce the message.
More information about these programs and materials will be made available to families in the fall.
Additional 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.