Whole Community Catechesis
For Families with Children in Grades K-8
In January 2009 following the Diocesan Synod, Bishop Bootkowski issued the Synod Norms for the Diocese and a three year implementation plan for all parishes. The Synod Norms included the call for each parish to provide opportunities for intergenerational family faith formation as an integral part of the parish’s catechetical program. Such opportunities will include catechesis, prayer and service opportunities. As the Church so often reminds us, parents are the first and primary educators of their children. We are therefore attempting to offer more support for our families by offering you the opportunity to be more involved in passing on the faith to your children.
Our Religious Education Program now consists of attending Mass together on the third weekend of the month followed by the students and their families attending a formation session downstairs in the church basement Parish Hall. We come together for a time of refreshments and learning in an atmosphere that we hope to be an exciting format for our students and families. Please note that younger siblings and grandparents are most welcome to join us! Each session lasts for 90 minutes which will include refreshments, communal prayer, often some form of community service and an age appropriate group session. In addition, families take home literature that will encourage family participation in the sharing of the faith that will be due back at the next session.
In addition, only those students who are preparing to receive sacraments in the spring of 2013, come together by grade/age group on the first Sunday of the month after the 9am mass for an hour lesson for their sacrament preparation. These students also attend their Retreat Days and Penance services during the year.
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Calderone in the Parish Office.