FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
Jesus calls us to be his disciples. Will you come and follow Him?
We are all on a journey of faith, challenged to grow in our love of Jesus Christ, His Church, and His people. But to know things about Jesus is something very different from knowing Jesus. And so this journey begins with evangelization. Our first goal with children, teens and adults is to provide opportunities where we can encounter Jesus; then, because of that relationship, be motivated to learn more about our Catholic faith.
We also help our children and teens to prepare for the Sacraments they will receive, especially their First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. To supplement our more formal offerings, we also provide a library for all parishioners to use. It is located near the restrooms off the gathering space and is available whenever the church building is open.
Children aged 3 – 5 learn to participate in Sunday Mass with their families with the program Liturgy of the Word for Children. They can also enter the mystery of our faith through the program Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offered during the week.
- Liturgy of the Word for Children is dismissed during Mass prior to the readings. Any child ages 3-5 is welcome to join.
- To participate in the Catechesis of the Good Sheperd or you have questions, please contact Lorainne Aubut.
Children in grade school receive a non-typical faith formation, in which we introduce our Catholic faith to the children through creative presentations by dynamic speakers, then we conduct small group discussions and activities to help the students respond. During grade school, children in their second year of Faith Formation also prepare and receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. In Summer we offer Totus Tuus Summer Bible Camp.
For more information on our elementary faith formation program or to participate, please contact Lorainne Aubut.
EDGE gives students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to dive deep into their faith in interesting and thought-provoking ways. We channel their energy into organized fun excursions with area parishes, service projects, retreats, and prayer like they've never experienced it before!
For more information on our middle school faith formation program or to participate, please contact Dominick Meyer.
Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to grow in their understanding of our Catholic faith and experience the presence of Jesus in their lives. They enjoy the opportunity to engage in service projects (such as the Feed My Sheep Lenten project), retreats, social events, small faith groups and prayer experiences. Students in 9th grade or older prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
For more information on our high school faith formation program, Confirmation, or to participate, please contact Dominick Meyer.
All adults are invited to begin with Alpha. Alpha provides an opportunity to meet others and talk about some of life’s big questions in an open and friendly environment. Once people complete their Alpha experience, we invite everyone to get involved with small groups that focus on things like prayer and study in order to deepen their relationship with Jesus.
Watch this video to learn more about the Alpha program. Stay tuned to our events calendar for our next Alpha series beginning in June 2018.
MINISTRY FOR HISPANIC FAMILIES
We welcome all Hispanic families to participate in our Faith Formation programs. With our Hispanic staff and volunteers we are able to attend our families fully in Spanish. And with our bilingual priest, Father Bart, we can help families and their bilingual children feel welcomed and prepare for the sacraments.
MINISTERIO PARA FAMILIAS HISPANAS
Le damos la bienvenida a todas las familias hispanas a que participen de nuestra Formación de Fe. Con nuestros miembros del equipo y voluntarios latinos podemos ayudar a nuestras familias completamente en español. Y con nuestro sacerdote bilingüe Padre Bart, podemos ayudar a las familias y a sus hijos bilingües para que se sienten bienvenidos y se puedan preparar para los sacramentos.
BIBLE BASICS FOR CATHOLICS by John Bergsma