CFF - Faith Formation

Upon saying His final farewell to His apostles, Jesus gave His new church the task to evangelize, that is to bring the message of the Gospel to all the world (Acts 1, 8).  The mission of evangelization calls Catholic children to be formed into disciples through the family's faith life and religious education.”

CCD is now known as CFF – Children’s Faith Formation

CFF will be on Mondays from 6 PM-7:15 PM for the 2017-2018 School Year




FOR NEW STUDENTS: Include Baptismal Certificate

FOR RETURNING STUDENTS: Include first and last name.
Include any new telephone, cell phone or
email addresses.

REGISTRATION FEE FOR ALL (Summer and School Year CFF programs): $90.00 per child.
Write check to: St. Helena Catholic Church

For School Year CFF – After July 1st:
$125* Reg fee (includes late fee) – Reregistering Students only
(*late fee does not apply to new students)

SUMMER Program Available – June 26 – July 7, 2016
Summer Applications MUST be received by the school by May 15th.

You have selected a Roman Catholic faith formation program for your child where the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church will be taught, upholding current documents, including the Catechism of the Catholic Church and utilizing Diocesan programs to train catechists.

Religious education is much more than passing on facts ~ it is about formation. The life of every Catholic, from childhood to adulthood, is about being formed in the image of Christ.  Such a process of formation is always new and never ends!  One hour and fifteen minutes each week in a religious education class simply are not enough for formation.  Sunday liturgies, daily prayer, conversation about Jesus and reading Scripture is essential. The primary instruction of the Catholic family takes place at Sunday liturgies.  Living in a world with conflicting values, we need the Eucharist to help us stand firmly with one another in our faith and become the followers of Christ that we are called to by our baptism. The family is the first forum in which the mission of evangelization takes place.  Hence, parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for training their children in the practice of the faith (Vatican II, The Church in the Modern World.)

With your cooperation, this office will assist you in this sacred duty by providing opportunities for parents and children to develop their prayer lives and their formal understanding of the faith.

We are required by the Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Metuchen to provide you with this handbook outlining the guidelines and expectations of our program, and to have your signed acknowledgment of receipt (found on the last page).   Please read this handbook with your child so that you will both become familiar with its contents.  Then, keep it in a convenient place for reference throughout the year.  You are always welcome to contact this Office for additional assistance and clarification.

May you be richly blessed,

Lynne Soltys
Director of Children’s Faith Formation