Leading Our Children to God

Through our Faith Formation program, we assist parents/guardians in the awesome responsibility of leading their children to a personal relationship with God through Gospel values of Jesus Christ and witnessed through their Catholic faith.

We provide the following:

  • Reading and studying sacred scripture
  • Teaching basic truths of the Catholic Church
  • Participating in the Church’s sacramental life and prayer
  • Relating experiences of Gospel values through loving acts of justice and service to their families, church, community, country, and world
  • Revering all of God’s creation

Registration

Online Registration

All Faith Formation registration takes place online via ParishSOFT. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Faith Formation Office or stop in the Parish Office for assistance. Registration fees may also be paid online. No child will be denied classes for financial reasons. Please contact Lisa Harms with any questions regarding fees. Fundraising efforts, including SCRIP, support those families in need and extra faith enrichment activities for the K-9 children of our Parish. In ParishSOFT, sign in and click on Faith Formation then Online Registration.

Questions with registration or ParishSOFT? Please contact Jacque at jchilds@stdennisparish.org or call the parish office at 246-5124.

REGISTER HERE

2021-2022 Fee Schedule & Payment

Parish Member Registration Fees

K-8 Students (Non-Sacrament): $60.00
Total Fee First Reconciliation/First Communion Students: $110.00
Total Fee Confirmation Students: $60.00 + Retreat fee (TBD second semester when we determine where we will hold retreat).

Non-Members Registration Fees

K-8 (Non-Sacrament): $85
Total Fee First Reconciliation/First Communion Students: $135
Total Fee Confirmation Students: $85 + Retreat fee

  • Fees increase by $10 per category if registration after September 1, 2021.
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Class Schedule

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Grades K-8: Mondays in the afternoon or evening

K-8: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm OR 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm 

You talked and we listened! Due to the positive feedback we received from our virtual program, we have decided to run our program both in-person and virtually. Please see the attached calendar for the dates but in general, we will be meeting in-person once a month and on Zoom with a take-home kit for the other classes. We will be offering several Family Enrichment opportunities as well (second page of Faith Formation Calendar). Our theme for the year is “My Lighthouse.”

If your family needs help with having a device for the virtual lessons, please contact Lisa Harms at lharms@stdennisparish.org.

Faith Formation Calendar

Confirmation (Grade 9)

Sunday mornings and evenings plus additional expectations to be completed outside of these class times. The focus of our program is to prepare teens to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The schedule of required classes is listed below. Based on the positive feedback we received last year, we will be combining in-person and virtual classes for first semester.

Confirmation Calendar

Students are expected to attend all grade level classes. Parents are highly encouraged to promote their children’s positive, active participation in all phases and opportunities offered. Parental support and cooperation are vital to a successful program and greatly appreciated!

Saint Dennis Faith Formation classes will be canceled if:

  • Madison Metropolitan School District Schools close early or are closed for the day due to weather conditions.
  • Weather becomes a threat during the day class would be held and a winter storm warning is issued.
  • Parents are encouraged to exercise their discretion for those “other” weather situations which inevitably happen.
  1. Staff will instruct youth to report all injuries/illnesses.
  2. Staff shall refer the reported or observed incident(s) to the director.
  3. In cases where the youth cannot return to a class or in emergency situations, the parents/guardians are responsible for making arrangements for medical treatment and transportation.
  4. If an emergency is severe, the staff shall call for emergency medical care before or concurrent with notification to the parents or guardians.

Grades K-9 Lisa Harms – Director of Faith Formation (608) 246-5123

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation

Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation takes place in second grade (or when child has reached the age of 7). Students are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Reconciliation with their family in November.  Students should have participated in either Faith Formation or be enrolled in Saint Dennis School for a year prior to their second-grade year.

  • We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series with students in class.
  • Families are asked to do preparation at home as well using this “Blessed” series as well.
  • First Reconciliation Retreat is required for one parent/guardian and student
  • Family Reconciliation Service – Tuesday, November 30

First Holy Communion

Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments First Holy Communion

Students in second grade (or when child has reached the age of 7) are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Holy Communion at Mass time of their choosing from May through August. Sign-ups will be forthcoming for families who are going through the program. Children, along with a parent(s) must also attend a parent/child retreat in order to better prepare for this sacrament.

  • We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series with students in class.
  • Families are asked to do preparation at home as well using “Blessed.”
  • First Holy Communion Family Retreat
  • The Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Confirmation

Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments Confirmation

Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,” for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1306)

Confirmation is not about deciding to be Catholic. By virtue of one’s baptism, they are already Catholic. Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, completes baptism. Confirmation is more about a person responding to God’s generous outpouring of love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Please Note: Families with children who for any reason are beyond the regularly scheduled grade programs for the reception of the sacraments are urged to notify us and plans will be made to help them complete the necessary preparation.

Inquiries may be made to Lisa Harms.

Youth in their freshman year who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation have certain requirements that Saint Dennis Parish believes will better prepare them for this Sacrament. Note that these are not “hoops” for them to jump through or rules for rules sake. These requirements will give the young people a greater understanding of their Catholic faith and what is really important in their lives. It will teach them good decision-making skills that are vital to surviving in this world and bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

  1. Attend the special Parent/Student meeting in September.
  2. Each student should choose a sponsor. Parents need to take an active role in this process. A sponsor must be a person who has already received the Sacrament of Confirmation and needs to be someone other than the candidate’s parents. A sponsor should be someone who not only practices their Catholic faith, but an individual to whom your child can discuss deep spiritual issues. Each sponsor will receive a manual to assist with this important process. Sponsors are expected to meet with your child two to three times before Confirmation along with attending (virtually) one class per semester with their student. Students will also be conducting a Sponsor Interview to turn in.
  3. Students will need to attend a Confirmation retreat second semester.
  4. Regularly attend and participate in Mass and the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
  5. Carry out 10 hours of service (5 per semester) through an authorized list of participating organizations.
  6. Meet with their assigned Spiritual Advisor twice before Confirmation. These meetings can be scheduled at your convenience once spiritual advisors are assigned.
  7. Attend all Faith Formation Classes. Please download calendar for your reference. Because students may be Confirmed in their freshmen year, Confirmation preparation begins in middle school. Because of that fact, attendance in our Middle School Faith Formation program is critical. If students are unable to prepare properly for this Sacrament, they can be Confirmed at a later year in high school.
  8. Letter to the Bishop
  9. Saint Report