Our Mission: Lead families closer to Jesus Christ.

We work toward our mission by engaging families, creating opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ and empowering families to participate more fully in the Catholic Church.  We engage families to build relationships and create a sense of belonging in our parish  community.  We provide opportunities for families to encounter Jesus Christ through the sacraments, scripture, witness and prayer.  We empower our families to be faithful participants in the life and mission of  the Church.  We invite you to join our community and explore your faith.

"The Lord, God Almighty, through his Son, born of the Virgin Mary, brings joy to Christian mothers as the hope of eternal life shines forth upon their children. May he graciously bless the Mother of this child so that, as she now gives thanks for the gift of her child, she may always remain united with him(her) in thanksgiving, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  May the Lord, God Almighty, the giver of life both in heaven and on earth, bless the Father of this child, so that, together with his wife, they may, by word and example, prove to be the first witnesses of the faith to their child, in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen."  (Final Blessing in the Catholic Rite of Baptism)

 Children's Ministry offers support to parents in their role as witnesses. 

Format: Families have two format options for Kinder - 5th grade Faith Formation.

  1. Life Group Family Formation in the home with monthly gatherings on campus.
  2. Peer Group Faith Formation Sessions on campus on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:45 pm and Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm with monthly prayer services. Families choose either Sundays or Wednesdays.

Please note that we are keeping a close eye on the current COVID pandemic and changes to the Children's Faith Formation format and calendar may happen at any time. Please refer back to this website for the most updated information.

Curriculum

Register for Faith Formation here.

Called to Protect for Children Program from the Diocese of Austin

Absences

  • Students in grades 1 - 5 are expected to attend at least 80% of sessions in order to consider the year completed.  Attendance requirements are specially monitored during the 2 years preceding reception of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation as 2 years of comprehensive catechesis is a Diocesan requirement for Sacrament preparation.
  • If a child misses a session, parents complete the lesson at home using the online home guide from St. Mary’s Press. Submitted complete at home lessons will be considered as attendance.

Volunteer Opportunities: Grow in your faith as you help our parish children grow in theirs! Find out about the various roles and volunteer at this link.

Web Resources for Building Your Domestic Church 

Ideas for building your Domestic Church (from USCCB) 

  • Begin praying as a family and reading from Scripture daily, certainly before meals, but also first thing in the morning or before bed. Find a time that works for your family. Use the liturgy of the Church as a model for prayer, and try to include heartfelt unstructured prayer as well.
  • Pray a Family Rosary (each member leads a decade, and everyone shares intentions).
  • Have a crucifix in a prominent place in the home, and in every bedroom.
  • Make the Sacraments a regular celebration – take the whole family to Confession and Mass!
  • Begin family traditions based on the seasons celebrated in the liturgical calendar.
  • Make your vacation a holy pilgrimage by visiting the shrines and saints of our land and the world.
  • Make worshiping God a priority. Never miss Mass, even while traveling – go to: www.MassTimes.org to find a church near you!
  • Teach stewardship and charity to your children, through word and example.
  • Demonstrate love for your spouse, your children, your neighbors, and the world. Remind their children that they are loved by God and have been given gifts to serve others.
  • Talk freely about the presence of God in the joys and sorrows of your life.
  • Welcome into your home and support priests, brothers, sisters, deacons, and lay ministers in the Church.
  • Participate in the lay ministries and activities of your parish community.
  • Allow your children to witness you in private prayer. Encourage your children to pray daily on their own, to listen for God’s call, and if heard, to respond.
  • For more ideas on how to build your home as a Domestic Church, go to: www.domestic-church.com or visit The Family Fully Alive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Learn more about the Little Flowers Girls' Club here

Little Flowers Girls’ Club® is a Catholic club for girls that teaches virtues through Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the lives of the saints. Like a scouting program, girls earn badges for the virtues they have practiced and life skills they have learned. But unlike most scouting organizations, the girls learn and earn their badges through a distinctly Catholic lens.

Meetings will take place on alternate Mondays from 4 - 5:30 PM in the St. Francis house. The first meeting is on August 30th.

For more information or to register contact
Angela Dartt, a.r.dartt@gmail.com, 512-657-3649

Register here

Questions about our children's programs?  We are here to help!

Beverly Riviello
Director Children's Ministry
childrens@sjnaustin.org
512.328.3220, ext. 126