Faith Formation Mission Statement: To bridge the gap between the Domestic Church and parish community by inviting all families on their journey to Discipleship.
Vision: To be the best source of encouragement and support so all families would be inspired to be fully active in lifelong faith formation.
Goal: We provide guidance, resources, and support directed to help everyone strengthen their relationship with God and His Church as they grow in love, in faith, and in understanding of our Catholic teachings.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), is a religious formation methodology for children ages 3-12. CSG unites adults and children in a common religious experience. Based on Montessori principles of education, CGS was developed in Rome in 1954 by a Catholic Hebrew and Scripture scholar, Sofia Cavaletti.
Children learn in a specially prepared environment called the Atrium, a sacred, “hands on” space where catechists and children hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of our faith as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Liturgy. Catechists in the Atrium receive specific training in the methodology. Materials are carefully prepared to foster in children the inherent longing for a relationship with God and curiosity about the elements of our faith.
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Traditional In Parish Sessions: this program uses a classroom like model to transmit the faith to the children. The children are taught by catechists who are trained to echo the faith and help the children develop a relationship with Christ. The materials used is called Finding God by Loyola Press. For over 100 years, Loyola Press’ mission has been to lead people to Jesus and to facilitate transformative experiences of God so that people of all ages can lead holy and purposeful lives with and for others. We accomplish our goals with inspiration from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), a man who spent his whole post-conversion life providing catechesis and engaging others in spiritual conversation.
Family Faith Sessions: this program is not your traditional faith formation setting. Family Faith is meant to engage the entire family and help to bridge the gap between the domestic church and the parish. Each session is created to provide a retreat like setting where the families are engaged through games, crafts and hands on work. Parents and children attend this program together. This program empowers parents to take an active role in their child’s faith development. The materials used are a myriad of different resources from many Catholic based publishers such as Sophia’s Institute, St. Mary’s Press, Loyola Press, CMD and many more.
Time: immediately following
9:30 Mass (10:30) and
11:30 Mass (12:30)
Home base faith formation: this program is for those families that live a hectic life during the year and need the flexibility to complete faith formation on their schedule. The families will receive the material that will be used at home to complete the year of faith formation.
This hybrid model is completed by completing the workbook, completing online interactive sessions and joining in on a monthly Zoom session. Home base supports the idea that the parent is the child’s first catechist. The material used is called Finding God by Loyola Press. For over 100 years, Loyola Press’ mission has been to lead people to Jesus and to facilitate transformative experiences of God so that people of all ages can lead holy and purposeful lives with and for others.
We accomplish our goals with inspiration from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), a man who spent his whole post conversion life providing catechesis and engaging others in spiritual conversation.
Day: Any day
Time: at your convenience
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the faith formation office.