Faith Formation Commission (FFC)


Adult Faith Formation / Speaker Series
The Adult Faith Formation Team provides a variety of on-going spiritual enrichment and educational opportunities for adult parishioners. Offerings include speakers, Scripture studies and retreats. The opportunities are available in both Spanish and English.
 
Advent Celebration
Parish members celebrate the beginning of Advent with special planned family events.
 
Annulment Advocacy
Divorce and remarriage are pastoral concerns of the Catholic Church. St. Pius X Annulment Representatives are prepared to assist individuals who wish to submit an application and petition for obtaining an annulment from a previous marriage. Divorced Catholics who have remarried or wish to remarry and Catholics who have not been married but wish to marry a divorced person can contact St. Pius X for annulment advocacy assistance.
 
Catholic Inquiry
We invite anyone who is interested in the Catholic Faith or in becoming Catholic to join a “Catholic Inquiry.” This is an opportunity to learn about and discuss our faith, and for those who wish to celebrate initiation into the Church.
 
Confirmation
Confirmation preparation is offered to parishioners who are in high school or older. Preparation includes faith formation, Scripture, liturgy and worship, parish involvement and retreats. The classes are twice-monthly from January through April.
 
Elementary Faith Formation
Faith Formation provides ongoing opportunities for children (grades 1, 3, 4 and 5) who attend public school to deepen their faith through prayer, worship, service and witness to the world. The 1st grade year develops a base for entering the Sacramental Preparation Program the following year. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades provide Catholic teachings, age-appropriate service projects, Scripture studies and fun seasonal activities during the school year.
 
Faith Sharing Groups
Many parishioners find strength and inspiration by meeting with other parishioners in neighborhood faith sharing groups. These groups of about 8-12 people meet for six weeks in people’s homes, both in the fall and during Lent.
 
High School Ministry
The mission of youth ministry is to enable and nurture the total personal and spiritual growth of high school youth, and to draw them into responsible participation in life, mission, and work of the church. Total youth ministry includes faith formation, worship, service, social and retreat opportunities. Youth nights happen Sundays from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., in the Youth Center after the 5:30 p.m. Youth Mass during the school year.
 
Infant Baptism Preparation
This ministry supports parents seeking initiation of their child into the Catholic Church. The preparation team guides the parents in the basic understanding of this sacrament including history, symbols and the responsibility of raising the child in the faith.
 
Kid’s Play
Greetings, Moms! If you have a preschool-aged child or younger and would like to meet other St. Pius X Moms, please join us Mondays at 10:00 a.m. for Kid’s Play. The format will be an hour of open play for the kids and quality time to chat for moms. Older siblings are welcome to attend.
 
Lenten Soup Suppers
Parishioners of all ages are invited to a simple supper on the Fridays of Lent, hosted by various parish groups. Activities for children and programs for adults follow supper. Donations in support of Operation Rice Bowl are collected.
 
Marriage Encounter
A weekend experience that enhances and deepens your sacrament of marriage. Three married couples and a priest present each Marriage Encounter weekend experience. Various weekends are offered each year to new participants throughout the Portland Metro area. St. Pius X couples who have already experienced an Encounter weekend are invited to join other couples in a social meeting every 2 months.
 
Middle School Ministry
This ministry provides the opportunity for parish youth in grades 6-8 to deepen their relationship with Jesus and grow in their understanding and appreciation of their Catholic identity through faith sharing, prayer, Scripture study, service, liturgy and worship, and community building activities. Youth nights are Sundays after Youth Mass during the school year.
 
Pre-Marriage / Wedding Program
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. If you are engaged, the team will answer your questions about classes and counseling, scheduling the church and planning the ceremony.
 
Returning Catholics (Landings)
Would you like to investigate returning to the Sacraments? St. Pius X extends an invitation to non-practicing Catholics to renew their faith. “Landings” is an opportunity to share faith stories and to talk about the Church with other Catholics and returning Catholics
 
Rites of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)
For older students (4th—8th grade) who have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, we offer a special program of preparation. Students enroll in an age-appropriate elementary or middle school program. Throughout the year we provide special activities designed to focus on the sacraments. Reconciliation takes place in winter and Eucharist is celebrated in the spring.
 
Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
These are classes for children in grades 2-3 to prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The process includes formation through instruction, prayer, Scripture, service, liturgy, crafts and activities and worship, culminating in the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

 
Sunday School
This special opportunity for preschool through kindergarten age children is held during a Sunday morning Mass time. The curriculum provides learning experiences based on a young child’s level of understanding. Through song, story, crafts, prayer and seasonal activities the children begin to sense God’s love for them as revealed in Scripture.
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
A summer-time learning experience for children 4 years old through 5th grade. VBS is a week of learning, singing and fun activities based on themes from the Bible. Older students, middle school and high school join the teaching staff as program guides, supervising crafts and games, and as song and drama leaders.
  

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