Faith Formation


Faith Formation is designed to enable opportunities for children and adults to grown in their knowledge and enthusiasm of God and the Catholic Faith. We prepare for and celebrate the sacraments, as well as liturgy, service, prayer, scripture and the lives of the saints along with art and music activities. Our focus is living in relationship with the Trinity in the midst of a celebrating community that proclaims Jesus’ message in Word and Action.

Number of students: 71
Number of volunteers: 20 (catechists & subs)


Please click here for a 2019-20 enrollment form.


Many volunteers give generously of their time and talent to pass the faith onto our children. All our teachers are required to be VIRTUS trained to help ensure the safety of our children. More volunteers are always welcome to teach or aid in other ways. The Application for Volunteer Service is available on the drop-down menu.


Faith Formation Program classes begin in mid-October and end in early May.  The Faith Formation Schedules is below.


The parish community of  Most Holy Rosary is committed to a faith formation program that will enable each child to grow in faith and relationship with Jesus. Our programs meet and follow the official statement on Catechetics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our curriculum is designed to follow a sequential pattern of faith and moral development and is structured on sound theological principles in accordance with the National Catechetical Directory. Classes for all grade levels consist of class time, service opportunities and exposure to some traditional Catholic devotions such as the Stations of the Cross. We encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in their children’s religious growth. Faith is God’s gift, but the nurturing of that gift goes on mainly in the day-to-day living of family life. Our goal is to help children develop into faithful Catholic adults.


Direct preparation for these sacraments is done in the second grade after a child has attended at least one year of Faith Formation classes. Children prepare for and receive First Reconciliation in January. They begin classes for First Eucharist in January and receive this sacrament in May.


Classes for grades 9 and 10 are 10:30 – 11:30 on Sundays in the Church. Confirmation in the Diocese of Syracuse is generally received in Grade 10. This program consists of classes, a retreat, field trips, and service. The sacrament is conferred in March.


The Director of Faith Formation is Jim Tokos. He can be contacted at 862-3216 or via email at
[email protected]

Faith Formation Program Schedule
OCTOBER 20, 2019 THROUGH APRIL 19, 2020

Classes for All Grades:

October 20

October 27

November 3

November 17:  Individual classes will be replaced for mandatory training from our Diocese.  All PARENTS and students are expected to attend.  The training is on  “safe environment ”.

November 24

December 8

December 15

January 5:  We will start as a large group for a guest speaker and then split up for class.

January 12

January 26

February 2:  In place of class, all students and their families are encouraged to attend mass together and the pancake breakfast at the hall.

***The 10th grade confirmation students will have their retreat on this date from 10:30am-2:30pm.  Please meet in the hall for breakfast.

February 9

February 23

March 1

March 8

March 22

April 19

April 26:  No formal class; however, all families and students are encouraged to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving for Jim Tokos who will become a Deacon on Saturday, April 25.  All are invited to a coffee hour in the church hall following Mass to celebrate with him.

May 3:  To end our program, we will have an opportunity to take a field trip as a group – further information to come.


Friday, November 1:  Feed My Starving Children, 4:30-6:30pm (Optional) – There is a group from MHR going to Endwell United Methodist church to help pack meals for a worldwide organization called “Feed My Starving Children”.  It is a very humbling and rewarding experience to do. 

Saturday, November 30, 10am:  Advent Wreath Creation (Optional)  All are invited to come for advent wreath making at the church hall.  We will have light refreshments.  Families enjoy doing this together to start the advent season.  Please sign up at church or call Jim or Kim.

Sunday, February 2:  Confirmation Retreat, 10:30am-2:30pm

TBD – First Reconciliation

Friday, March 6:  All grades are encouraged to attend the simple supper and stations.  This is mandatory for confirmation students who will be serving the simple supper.

Sunday, March 8 – Confirmation Rehearsal at Church of the Holy Family

Sunday, March 15 – Confirmation Liturgy at Church of the Holy Family – 2:30 PM

TBD – First Eucharist Liturgy – 9:30 AM

Saturday, June 6:  Chicken for a Cause BBQ Fundraiser

*Dates are subject to change. Changes will be published in the weekly bulletin and updated here.