The Faith Formation offering partially offsets the costs of administering our faith formation program. The total cost per student is greater than what we charge – the remaining balance is paid for by the parishoners of St.Matthew the Evangelist parish.
The Church’s mission is to evangelize and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, which includes our faith formation programs. However, it would not be fair to expect the parishoner-in-pew to completely support faith formation, as participating families should also contribute to the faith formation of their children.
The fees we charge offset the costs of supplies (books, materials, technology), overhead (heat/lights), and especially salaries.
While most of the faith formation ministers (Catechists, Aides, Small Group Leaders, Hall Monitors and other helpers) are volunteers, they are supported, trained, and led by a dedicated team of paid staff. Billerica has, for many years, been able to offer faith formation with a variety of part-time Faith Formation professionals.