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Saint Elizabeth Church welcomes all parish children in grades K-7 who are attending non-Catholic schools to participate in our vibrant Elementary Faith Formation Program (EFF). Classes are taught each week by dedicated volunteer catechists who provide instruction to students of all abilities.   Seventy-five minute classes are normally offered on Mondays (4:45 PM and 6:30 PM), Tuesdays (4:45 PM) and Wednesdays (4:45 PM).  Seventh grade students only may register for a special Confirmation class on Sunday mornings (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM) in the parish ministry center.

The primary goals of the EFF Program are to continually remind children how much Jesus loves them, to help them build a lifelong friendship with Jesus Christ, to deepen their understanding of our Catholic Faith and to foster their commitment to stewardship service for others. 

Each weekly class begins with a shared reflection on the Sunday Gospel in order to connect the children’s participation at Mass with their faith formation in the classroom. Similarly, the family’s attending Mass together brings to life the children’s weekly EFF lessons. 

For this reason we encourage all the parents of our EFF students to reflect upon how their own family lives out our Catholic Faith in daily life (at home, at work and at school, and in society as a whole) and to renew their commitment to participate actively in the sacramental-liturgical life and in the pastoral ministries of the parish throughout the year.

Each year, the EFF curriculum goes deeper into Catholic prayer life, the Mass and the other Sacraments, the Bible, the moral life of a disciple of Jesus, the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, etc.  Children practice stewardship by participating in community service and learn traditional Catholic prayers.  More than 430 parish children attend every week. 

Children participating in the EFF program typically receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade and the Sacrament of Confirmation in seventh grade.  Because the Archdiocese requires two years of catechetical formation prior to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, children are eligible to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade only if they have completed the first grade catechetical curriculum. Likewise, children are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in seventh grade only if they have completed the sixth grade catechetical curriculum. 

For more information and/or for registration materials, please contact the Religious Education Office (610-646-6545 or religioused@stelizabethparish.org).