Welcome to our Faith Formation programming. We believe Faith Formation is lifelong and ongoing. Our focus is on family catechesis. Parents are children’s first and best teachers. It is our philosophy that it is our job to support the parents in this responsibility, not supplant it. Our core program utilizes the A Family of Faith materials. (For information on A Family of Faith click on link: https://vimeo.com/341799160 ) The vision for A Family of Faith is to help create strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of the faith through the witness of Christian life given by the parents. We will encourage and equip parents to fulfill their God-given duty and privilege of educating their children in the Catholic faith. Our weekly meetings allow us to build community and celebrate Catholic life together through common prayer, service to others, social activities, and liturgical celebrations. We have completed the entire cycle and are again in Year 1 of using these materials. Our theme this year is The Creed. Topics will cover defining what is faith, The Father- Creator of All, The Son- Made In His Image, The Promise of a Savior, In the Fullness of Time, Jesus: The Way, The Truth, and The Life, Children of God, He Has Risen, Christ Will Come Again, The Holy Spirit, The Holy Catholic Church, The Forgiveness of Sin, and The Resurrection of the Body.
Our programming meets every Sunday in Fellowship Hall right after the 11 am Mass. Classes usually run from 12:15-2 pm. Each of the groupings (The Branches [Adults], The Thicket [7th- 12th grade], The Saplings [3rd-6th grade], The Seedlings [4 years- 2nd grade], & The Little Sprouts [infant- 3 years]) will get together in their rooms. Parents receive instruction to pass on to their families. The children receive supplemental material in their groups. Each month (4 week periods of time) we focus on a particular topic. The first week each group meets separately to cover the material at the learners’ level and in ways that are best for that age group. During the adult session, parents will also be taught how to share the material with their children. The second week of the month is an expansion of the first week’s material again in age-groupings. We utilize additional teaching strategies, view media, may have speakers, share personal experiences and/or applications of the doctrine, etc. (If you don’t have children to teach but do feel confident with the material, you might want the second week of the month to be the primary class you attend.) The third week of the month is dedicated to families. We will do our follow-up meeting where we share how the learning is progressing within our domestic churches, how families are modifying and adapting the lessons to meet their family’s needs, clarify and answer questions, and support each other in our faith journey. The fourth week of the month is our GIFT (Generations In Faith Together) class. While still focusing on the topic of the month, we connect with the material in a new way. Inter-generational groups are formed by that week’s participants, and they work on a project or task as a group. We hope that this way of organizing those who join us will allow for the formation of relationships that might not “normally” get made.
You can access the FF Calendar of Classes here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Director of Faith Formation, Julie Gould, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-937-5757.