The Faith Formation program is a ministry to children (grades PreK3 to 8) who attend public school or are home-schooled. The program’s mission is to form young disciples of Jesus.
The Office of Religious Education coordinates the preparation sessions for children entering into their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Click here for more information.
Classes are held from August to April on the following days:
Children in grades Pre-K3 to Kindergarten: Mondays, 12:30–2:00 pm OR 3:30–5:00 pm
Children in grades Pre-K3 to 6: Tuesdays, 4:00–5:15pm
Children in grades 1 to 8: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45pm
For information, contact Betsy Glasenapp, Director of Religious Education, at 321-254-1595 ext 3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Information for 2016-2017:
On Wednesday nights, Grades 6, 7 & 8 will be gathering in the Ministry center and begin with optional social time and snacks starting at 6:15 pm. The evening officially begins at 6:30 pm with everyone together for 15 minutes of Praise & Worship and prayer. At 6:45 pm, youth will move into age appropriate rooms for learning activities. We will be including older teens, college youth and young adult volunteers as part of the team throughout the year. We focusing all our energy on making this a great experience for our youth and therefore will not be having the Sunday once a month sessions. There will still be a Tuesday Gr. 6 class.
2016-2017 Faith Formation Handbook - information about our policies and procedures as well as our volunteers.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a faith formation process which allows your child to experience God through hands on presentations of Scripture, Liturgy, and the Sacraments. Unlike a traditional classroom, the child in CGS is allowed to choose which lesson material s/he would like to work with in the specially prepared classroom called the Atrium. There are no textbooks or tests in CGS. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will open the child’s eyes and heart to the Good News of Jesus Christ as s/he works with mustard seeds, a miniature merchant and pearl, or prepares the Chalice with water and wine.
We offer CGS for two different age groups - Level 1 for 3-6 year olds and Level 2 for 6-8 yr olds. Each level lasts 3 years, and each year we take your child deeper and deeper into this experience, according to his or her readiness.
In Level 1 we focus on the great, unconditional love of Jesus the Good Shepherd. In Level 2 we go deeper into the lessons from Level 1, focusing on Jesus the True Vine - the community and interconnectedness of followers of Christ. We explore the Moral Parables and begin in depth preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion. If preparing for either of these sacraments, your child will be required to attend the special Sacramental Preparation classes offered by the Religious Education ministry.
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