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Here at St. Joseph we are excited to offer enriching programs that support the faith life of our youngest parishioners. Raising a family takes love, effort, time, and community and we work hard to provide experiences and education that helps support families. Children's faith education starts at the very beginning, in their homes with the adults who teach them their faith heritage. At St. Joseph we work to continue that education in a dynamic way.
CFF 1 & 2 encompasses our two year Sacramental Preparation program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Typically beginning in 1st grade, the first year is referred to as CFF 1. This year begins general religious education and must be completed first before moving on to the next year. CFF 2 is the second year of the program, and this is when immediate formation towards the reception of these two sacraments takes place. Please see CFF 1 & 2 for all the details.
CFF 3/4 & 5/6 is designed for children in grades 3rd thru 6th grade. We combine 3rd and 4th graders into CFF 3/4 and 5th and 6th graders into CFF5/6. This time of formation is approximately 3 years long and focuses on the history of our local church, our diocese, the global Church, and moral formation of our children.
CFF Jr. High is a junior high school Bible Study program. Youth in *6th, 7th, 8th, and *9th grades are invited to participate in this three year program which begins with "Introduction to the Bible" by learning about Old and New Testament Biblical figures. The next two years covers Old Testament and New Testament respectively. *If your child particpates in CFF 5/6 in 6th grade, then he or she will begin the three year course in 7th grade and continues through to 9th grade; however, if you choose, you may begin Bible Study in 6th grade and end in 8th grade.
Inspiration and confidence in the task of faith formation happens in community and here at St. Joseph Parish we are blessed with a strong, capable, and loving community of faith. This is the Church which takes responsibility for and experiences the joy of catechisis, that is, the faith formation of our youth and all those entering more fully into the Body of Christ.
Catechists take seriously their vocation of living out the Gospel and sharing their love with those who are being catechized. Our Child’s Faith Formation team helps youth to experience the love of God and so strengthens and encourages them on their journey into a more mature life in the Church.
Through proclaiming the Gospel, the living Word of God, our catechists assist families and loved ones in their task and joy of instilling in our youth a sense of our community, of instructing them in the good practice of prayer and worship, of encouraging service and respectful engagement with others, and of developing a lifelong love for the mysteries and gifts of Christian life.
Our Faith Formation team comes from all walks of life but each one has experienced the call to this ministry. Heading the effort are Director of Religious Education Dottie Farewell, her assistant Erin Tobin, and the entire Pastoral Team, who together take responsibility to call out the gifts of the entire parish so that our youth are well served.
If you have an interest or even a hunch that you might be called to this kind of service, please contact Monica Alquist, our coordinator of Child’s Faith Formation at catechists@, and she will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
General Religious Education and Immediate Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Beginning in 2007, the Seattle Archdiocese created policies for the sacraments called, Many Gifts, One Spirit. This document established norms for many areas including faith and Sacramental formation. To fully comply with the Archdiocesan policies, St. Joseph Parish has implemented these policies since the fall of 2008.
The two major changes that occurred was 1) all immediate sacramental preparation is provided by parish staff and 2) general religious education needed to begin 2 years prior to the reception of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. All children receiving First Reconciliation and First Eucharist must first begin general religious education one year prior to receiving these sacraments. At St. Joseph, this first year is called Children's Faith Formation 1 (or CFF 1 for short). If you attend a Catholic school, you receive your general religious education in religion class during the week, and if you do not attend a Catholic school, then your child will come to religious education classes on Sunday mornings after the 9 am mass.
The policies also specified the number of gatherings and retreats needed for immediate preparation—that is, during year 2, or at St. Joseph CFF 2. We implement this with home instructional guides, lessons, and workbooks, along with parent and child retreats and rehearsals for all families in the preparation program. If your child is not in our parish school, then he or she will attend Sunday school classes on Sunday mornings after the 9 am mass.