Faith Formation Online
The St. Philip Institute is offering a full set of Faith Formation and RCIA classes.
Gather the family!
Bring faith formation to your home.
Faith Formation Classes (Beginning Sunday, Sep. 13)
RCIA Classes (Beginning Thursday, Sep. 17; Empezando Sep. 17)
Thursday at 7:00 pm
Catechist: Luke Arredondo, Phil Smith, Henry Troell
Order Book (The class uses the The Way of Christ Student Book.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the parishes of the Diocese of Tyler required to use these online classes?
No, there is no mandate from Bishop Strickland for all the parishes to use these online classes. However, these classes are offered free of charge for all of the parishes in the diocese to use during this time of COVID-19 social distancing. A priest may require them, and/or the faith formation leaders at each parish may decide to use these classes either 1) as the main faith formation structure or 2) as an at-home option for families. Our desire is to provide faith formation to all students, especially those in public school. Please note: these classes all use the standard materials approved by Bishop Strickland for the Diocese of Tyler.
Does it cost anything to enroll?
No, the faith formation online courses are held weekly and do not cost anything for families or students in the Diocese of Tyler to attend. We hope to be able to offer these classes beyond the diocese someday. Your financial donations help the St. Philip Institute continue to provide programs to teach the Catholic faith in and beyond the diocese. We have other classes that we are planning that will be offered nationally. Go HERE to donate. Thank you! Any amount helps.
What if the day and time do not work for me or my family?
Balancing safety and integrity with ease of access, we are planning to record the classes and make them available to families or individuals in the Diocese of Tyler who are unabe to attend the class when it is scheduled. In addition, (most of us parents ourselves) encourage you to sit down with your child and read the Faith and Life Series lesson together. Those books are very good for such an activity. The RCIA candidates can watch the videos and take the quizzes (found HERE) that accompany the Way of Christ book.
Do I have to buy the book?
No, but it would be helpful so you can follow along and study in between classes. The books are all under $15.
I have more than one child who needs to attend. What should I do?
These classes are intended to aid the parishes with their faith formation CCD and RCIA programs, but they are ultimately meant to provide PARENTS or adult individuals a way to bring faith formation into the domestic church of your home. Therefore, use the classes that make the most sense for you. A child can sit in on a class with an older or younger sibling if that helps. The family can gather for dinner while attending. Or you can commit to multiple nights a week for faith formation. Parents are encouraged to attend all classes with their children, so they can discuss the lessons on their own as the kids ask questions. Be creative with ways to turn catechesis into a family affair!
Do the CCD classes count for Sacrament Formation?
The Faith and Life series Grade 2 book is the approved book for our Restored Order formation. We are offering a separate Sacrament Formation class for those children in the Diocese of Tyler who are preparing for the Sacraments of Inititiation.
Can we use this program instead of the one at our parish?
Ask your priest. The St. Philip Institute is making these classes available, but how they are used at your parish is up to the catechetical leaders and the priest. Anyone in the Diocese of Tyler who wants to attend can, so you can even decide to participate on your own in addition to what you are doing at your parish. (You can also invite non-Catholics to listen in with you!) Please note: these classes all use the standard materials approved by Bishop Strickland for the Diocese of Tyler.
Do you need to be Catholic to attend?
No, not technically. If you know someone interested in what the Catholic Church teaches, invite them to sit in on a lesson with you. Only parishioners in the Diocese of Tyler may sign up for classes.
Can I just check out a few classes?
Yes, of course. However, we are trying to build a community, a network of families and adult converts in our diocese. So, we hope that you will be part of this effort and stay with us, especially if you have ideas to improve the program.
I don't have an email address.
Setting up a Google mail (gmail) account is safe, easy, and free. Please visit this website: http://www.google.com/.
How will I know how to join the correct class?
After you provide your email address in the simple enrollment form, you will receive a single email each week with links to join all the classes. From there, you can decide which classes to join. The weekly emails will also provide updates on the overall program. If you are ever not sure, please email the Director of Faith Formation, Dr. Luke Arrendondo at LArredondo@StPhilipInstitute.org or the Executive Director, Dr. Stacy Trasancos at STrasancos@StPhilipInstitute.org.
More questions? Want to pass on the Catholic Faith?
If you have questions, or if you can help us as a catechist, we want to hear from you. Please email the Director of Faith Formation, Luke Arredondo, Ph.D. at LArredondo@StPhilipInstitute.org.