Grades Pre-K to 6, Parish Faith Formation Program (Rel. Ed.)

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.

For information, contact Betsy Glasenapp, Director of Elementary Faith Formation, at 321-254-1595 ext 3080 or [email protected].


2020-2021 PLANS & REGISTRATION

click here for a PDF of the Fall Options

  • If paying online with credit/debit card, click below to register for youth grades PreK3 through Grade 6. Note: If you have previously registered for Ascension VBS online, you will need to login to register. The system will not allow you to register as a guest.
  • If paying by check or cash, click here to print the registration form and return form to the Faith Formation Office.

 

If selecting our “In Person Faith Formation Sessions,” click here and print the Waiver Forms. Return completed forms to the Faith Formation Office. We do need the original signed copy for legal purposes rather than scanned documents BEFORE sessions start. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Betsy Glasenapp or Shelly Wackley in the Office of Faith Formation at 254-1595 x3080. You can also e-mail Betsy at [email protected].


Resources for Our Families

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Homepage - In the “Weekly Videos” section, they post a variety of video links to coordinate with the lessons for the week and to help you discuss the Sunday’s Gospel story. Simply click on the week you’re looking for and then the link(s) that goes with your learning level.

Unit 1 Overview webinar –where the program editors talk about stories, activities, and current event topics in the lessons and offer ideas to help prepare to present the lessons.

 

Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- Click here for more information on Liturgical Colors/Calendar and celebrating the seasons at home (the links in the document may not work but the information is timeless!)

Level 2 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- Mass and the Elementary Student reflection as we focus on the altar

Grades 4 & 5 - Discover!
- Books of the Old Testament (Catholic) 
- "Covenants" by the Bible Project
- Abraham's Sacrifice
- Superbook - The Ten Commandments


Grade 6 - Encounter

- To follow up on the classes, we invite you to view the following at home between sessions: 

 


 

Family Resources from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA

Prayer Booklet - Grade level resources and prayers our classes are working to learn by heart 

Circles of Grace Introductory Video - this is the safe environment program that we are implementing in the Diocese of Orlando during the 2019-2020 year.



 

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.

 

Advent Song - Light 1 Candle


 

 

 Additional Information for our Catechists and Volunteers.