Faith Formation Staff
Helen Silva
Pastoral Associate for Children and Adult
Faith Formation
702-804-8351

Amy Melancon
Assistant to Children and Adult Faith Formation
702-804-8398

Jodie Minkin
Assistant to Children and Adult Faith Formation
702-804-8306
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

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

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Each year we are in need of catechists to support the ongoing formation of our children. We provide support and education for all new catechists. If you wish to inquire about the Ministry of Catechist, submit your information with the link provided and we will be in touch with you.


Sacraments:

Children’s Catechumenate - RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)

for children who have reached catechetical age (7 years or older)


The Christian initiation of these children requires both a conversion that is personal and somewhat developed, in proportion to their age, and the assistance of the education they need. (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, “The Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reach Catechetical Age”, p. 155)

 

This is a two-year program for children who were not baptized as infants, who have attained the age of reason, are of catechetical age, and who will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil.


  1. Children will attend weekly age-appropriate classes.
  2. Parent and child will attend Sacrament Preparation Meetings periodically in the second year of preparation.
  3. Parents will attend Adult Formation Sessions the 2 years of preparation.
  4. Parent and child are required to attend retreats in the second year of preparation.
  5.  Children will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at theEaster Vigil of their second year.


A sponsor accompanies the child on his/her journey. All sponsors must fulfill diocesan requirements.

During the two years, special sessions are held to help children, families and sponsors prepare for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, and parents are required to attend mandatory parent sessions and retreats.


The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil of the second year. The children then begin a period of reflection on the initiation process called mystagogy where they reflect on the sacraments celebrated and continue to grow in their faith.



Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion


The liturgical life of the church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center. Catechesis for the Eucharist recognizes it as the heart of Christian life for the whole Church, for the dioceses, and parishes, and for each individual Christian. (National Directory for Catechesis, pp. 113 and 124.)

 

The two-year preparation program to celebrate First Holy Communion teaches children about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

 

  1. First Holy Communion preparation is a two-year process.
  2. The earliest a child can begin preparation is in first grade.
  3. The child must have completed one full year of Catholic faith formation in a parish program or parochial school the year before beginning the second year of preparation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
  4. If the parish program or parochial school is other than St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, a letter from the parish or school stating that the child has been in the program or school the previous year must be presented at the time of registration.
  5. Parents or guardians must be registered members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish or a Catholic Parish in the Las Vegas Diocese.
  6. Parents will attend Adult Formation Sessions the 2 years of preparation.
  7. Parent and child are required to attend retreats in the second year of preparation.
  8. Children baptized in other faith traditions will make a Profession of Faith and then celebrate First Holy Communion.


 


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.



Links:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


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.