Faith Formation Staff
Helen Silva
Pastoral Associate for Children's Faith Formation  & Family Life
702-826-3347

Amy Melancon
Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation
702-804-8306

Jodie Minkin
Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation
702-804-8351
faithformation@seaslv.org

Faith Formation
Office Hours:

The office is available for all inquiries via email:
and phone: 702-804-8306

Our office is currently closed to walk-ins and
in-person meetings.
in-person meetings.Lunch: 12-1pm


Sacraments:

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) 

This is a two-year process for children who were not baptized as infants, who have attained the age of reason (7 years), are of catechetical age, and who will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil in their second year of preparation.



First Eucharist Initiation:

The two-year preparation process to celebrate First Eucharist teaches children about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  The child and the parent will participate in retreats in their second year.


 

Continuing Formation:

Children in grade 3 and higher who are baptized, and have received First Eucharist will continue their formation in age appropriate classes. It is the practice of our faith that formation is ongoing and is a life-long journey.



2020Requirements:
Parents or guardians are registered members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish or a Catholic Parish in the Las Vegas Diocese. Regular attendance at Sunday Liturgy is part of the formation process. 
Registration fee is $150.00 per child. No child will be turned away due to financial difficulty. 
Families must provide a Birth and Baptism Certificate at the time of registration, if not already submitted. 
Sacrament preparation at SEAS is a family preparation process that requires the participation of the child and the parent throughout the formation years.   
 
Sacraments:
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)  
This is a two-year process for children who were not baptized as infants, who have attained the age of reason (7 years), are of catechetical age, and who will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil in their second year of preparation.
 
 
First Eucharist Initiation:
The two-year preparation process to celebrate First Eucharist teaches children about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  The child and the parent will participate in retreats in their second year.
 
Continuing Formation:
Children in 3 grade and higher who are baptized, and have received First Eucharist will continue their formation in age appropriate classes. It is the practice of our faith that formation is ongoing and is a life-long journey.
 
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS):
This is a hands-on, interactive working environment where children are guided toward a greater understanding of God’s love in their life. They encounter Jesus the Good Shepherd, who loves them, cares for them and knows them by name. Children are most sensitive to a relationship with God between the ages of 3-6. For this reason we provide formal faith formation for young children.
 
Registration packets are available in the Faith Formation Office and Gift Shop beginning Monday, April 18, 2016.
http://www.seaslv.org/faithformation.html - please check the link- I’ll send you the forms to upload soon 
For more information please contact our office:
Faithformation@seaslv.org
Main Office Number: (702) 804-8306
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS):

This is a hands-on, interactive working environment where children are guided toward a greater understanding of God’s love in their life. They encounter Jesus the Good Shepherd, who loves them, cares for them and knows them by name. Children are most sensitive to a relationship with God between the ages of 3-6. For this reason we provide formal faith formation for young children.

Children's Faith Formation (Ages 3 - Grade 8)

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to on-campus instruction center on two principles:

The development of our reopening plans has been guided by the Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council,

established by Bishop Thomas, with representatives from a wide array of disciplines,

including medical, education, civic, law enforcement, engineering, gaming, logistics and pastoral ministries.

 

Our  strategies for a return

the health and safety of our children, volunteer catechists and staff.

 


Specific modifications to expect include:

 

  • Physical distancing within each classroom and on campus
  • Facial coverings are mandatory for all children age 3 and older
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Age appropriate groupings
  • Temperature checks upon entry for all children
  • No contact between children in connecting classrooms
  • Drop off and pick up will be separate for each classroom, no two classes will use the same entrance or exit
  • No small group-sharing activities or activities that would make it difficult to maintain consistent social distancing
  • No singing
  • No large retreats
  • A strict cleaning and sanitization schedule will be followed



Due to the unpredictability of public health conditions, our programs will adapt/change should it become necessary. We look forward to serving you as we have in the past. Our mission is to share God’s love with our young children and their families in a tangible way. Although there will be limitations this year, we remain confident that we can continue to share the presence of God in a unique and exciting manner. We thank you for your patience and prayers as we navigate through our procedures.


 

Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or comments: faithformation@seaslv.org (702-804-8306).



Preschool - Kindergarten Program: Ages 3-6

We are excited to offer a remote learning opportunity for our young children ages 3-6 years.

The resources we are offering will have a family component and age appropriate presentations

with music and bible stories.

We are saddened that the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program is not an option this year as it is solely

based on tactile learning for the young child. We hope to integrate our young children to the CGS program next year

when we are able to reopen safely. Preschool - Kindergarten is part of the ongoing formation and not a sacramental

preparation program.


  • Remote Learning will be on Thursday
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Time not to exceed 1 hour
  • Parent must accompany child on ZOOM
  • Start date for sessions: October 22, 2020
  • Registration deadline: October 5
  • Deposit: $25
  • Registration fee: $150 for entire year

Sacramental Preparations: Grades 1-8

Both in-person and remote learning options are available to all families who wish to register their child/ren for the 2020-2021 formation year. If you select remote learning, you cannot switch to in-person learning as space is limited for all on–campus sessions.


  • In-person sessions are only available for Sacrament Preparation Year 1 and Year 2 programs this year
  • Once a remote learning option is selected, switching to in-person classes will not be allowed due to limited space in each classroom
  • In-person sessions will be offered on Tuesdays
  • Sessions will be once a week
  • Start date: October 20, 2020
  • Time of session: 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
           * Arrival at 5:30 for session beginning at 5:45
           * Doors open for dismissal beginning at 7:15
  • Registration deadline: October 5th
  • Deposit: $25
  • Registration fee: $150 for the entire year

Continuing Formation: Grades 3-8

  • Remote learning will be on Wednesdays

            * Times 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

            * Time not to exceed 1 hour

            * Parent must accompany child on Zoom lesson for grades 4 and younger

  • Start date for sessions: October 21, 2020
  • Parent Orientation will be on ZOOM
  • Registration deadline: October 5th
  • Deposit: $25
  • Registration fee: $150 for entire year

The mission for Faith Formation programs of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish embodies the four-fold purpose of formation and education in the Christian faith, namely: to provide an atmosphere in which the gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of our God is cultivated. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Education and Secondary Schools, Washington, D.C., 2005)

Our commitment is to support the family’s life-long relationship with God in the tradition of the

Roman Catholic Church.


The most important element in our program is the family. At your child’s Baptism, you committed to instructing your child in the Catholic faith. Through your guidance and example, your child comes to know the love and concern God has for him or her. Family cooperation and support is essential in opening the heart and mind of your child to God. It is the desire of the Faith Formation Office to work with parents, children, and catechists to support ongoing growth in faith.

Links:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Sacraments