The Faith Formation program is a ministry to children (grades PreK3 to 6) who attend public school or are home-schooled. The program’s mission is to form young disciples of Jesus.
The Office of Faith Formation 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 Grade 3: Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:30 pm; Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Children in grades Pre-K3 to 6: Tuesdays 4:00–5:15 pm
Children in grades 1 to 6: Wednesdays 6:15–7:30 pm
For information, contact Betsy Glasenapp, Director of Elementary Faith Formation, at 321-254-1595 ext 3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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