Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Faith Formation for Children

Cross in the Woods’ Faith Formation programs are designed to assist parents in fulfilling their obligation to educate their children in the knowledge of the Catholic faith, love, and service of God.

Parents are the primary educators in their children’s Catholic faith. Your active participation to your child’s religious education is a duty and obligation that you accepted upon your child’s baptism. The Faith Formation programs help and support parents in this responsibility.


At this time Cross in the Woods will be offering the following Faith Formation programs for your children every Sunday starting the 3rd Sunday in September through May. Sessions for all children will be held before 10:30 am Holy Mass, from 9:00-10:15 am, in the Fr. Donard Hall. Attending 10:30 am Holy Mass is part of our programs so we welcome parents and children to become engaged in reverence to the Holy Mass, which is a sign of our love united with the love of Christ in giving ourselves to the Father.

*Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (3 to 5 years old). Catechists who will work with the children will participate in nearly 100 hours of formation and will prepare a special environment for the children, which is called the Atrium. To learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation method, please watch this video. If you are an adult/parent who is interested in being trained as a catechist in this special program, please prayerfully consider joining our catechist team.

*Faith Formation program (First through Fifth grade) was updated this 2023 year by Fr. Patrick Maher and our foundational resource for all grades will be the Saint Joseph Catechism for Young Catholics by the Catholic Book Publishing Corp. Our children will be working with this source, as their focus is on memorization of key beliefs, prayers, and teachings of the Catholic faith. The topics will be stuffed in every bulletin.

If you would like to sign up for any of these faith formation programs for your children, please click on the forms link or contact the Faith Formation Office for more information. All completed forms need to be submitted by August 30  to the faith formation office in order for us to meet materials deadline.  All families are welcome!

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