Weekly Update - Religious Education
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Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage,
parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children
. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the 'first heralds' for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church.
A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith
and remain a support for it through out one's life."
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2225
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years.
This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel.
Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith.
Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God
. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents."
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2226
Pope St. John Paul II,
in Catechesi Tradendae, wrote
“Family catechesis... precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Thus there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children’s catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal.”
Due to the current situation we are facing during this pandemic, the Religious Education Office has decided to reformat Religious Education.
This next year, we plan to utilize
at home, Family Catechesis
preschool through 12th grade.
We will have
periodic parent sessions
to go over material before it is covered at home. Virtual and in-person sessions will be made available for parents accordingly. In addition to the parent sessions,
we will have supplemental virtual classes for Level 2 and Level 3
Those who will be preparing for Sacraments will receive additional catechesis to complete at home with virtual components.
After registration, more information will be sent out to those preparing for Sacraments.
The Family Catechetical series that we will use is called
A Family of Faith.
This parish family-based Catechism series covers the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in four years and assists parents in teaching their children the Faith. One special advantage of teaching children catechism at home is that it is an opportunity to draw your family closer together.
for “A Family of Faith”
is strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.
The goals of the program are:
To encourage and equip parents to fulfill their God-given duty and privilege of educating their children in the Catholic Faith.
To support and nurture strong Catholic families who image the Blessed Trinity.
To provide parents the opportunity for continued growth in the Faith.
To build community and celebrate Catholic life together through common prayer, service to others, social activities, and liturgical celebrations.
Registration is postponed while we work out how to keep Faith Formation affordable for our families.
Because of the change in the style of Catechesis this year, the cost of Faith Formation materials has increased. Each family will get a parent guide and each child will get an activity book. In addition to the cost of books, we have Zoom Fees, resources for Parent Catechesis Sessions, and materials that will be sent home for students.
We appreciate your patience as we discuss our budget with our new pastor, Fr. Ed Steiner.
You can find resources to enrich your family prayer life at the link below:
Adult Faith Forma
Mary's Mantle Consecration
Begins August 1st
Contact Susan Skinner at email@example.com
Please know of our continued prayers for all of you. We can all easily be reached through e-mail, so please let us know if you have any questions or if we can do anything for you during this time!
Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA
Director of Formation of the Young Church
Assistant Director of Formation of the Young Church
Religious Education Administrative Assistant
Father Nick's Homily
on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:09PM