First Communion, May 2019
The Christian family is ordinarily the first experience of the Christian community and the primary environment for growth in faith; it is the "church of the home". In his 1994 Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II wrote: “Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents.” It is through the living witness of parents that children first experience the faith; faith-filled moments permeate all of family life. This experience is irreplaceable and lasts throughout life. As parents you are blessed with the love and grace to foster your children’s spiritual growth. Indeed, as parents you are uniquely able to teach your children – first because you yourselves are persons of faith and second because you are parents. It is this religious formation that is the foundation of all other forms of religious education a person receives.
Catechesis makes our parish mission statement a lived reality. Catechesis emphasizes personal and community faith life with parish ministry and through life experiences. Catechesis is the process of sharing the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways. Catechesis nurtures faith where it is first formed in the family and leads us to Eucharistic celebration!
Our Faith Formation is a systematic program not merely sacramental. Education and formation in the Catholic faith is a lifelong, multi-dimensional process (National Directory for Catechesis, USCCB, 2005). This means children should attend faith formation classes at every grade level until they enter high school, not just when making their first Communion and/or Confirmation. However, due to COVID-19, this upcoming year the program will be Sacramental ONLY.
Preparation for each of the Sacraments involves two years of formation classes for First Communion and Confirmation. Due to Covid-19, classes offered will be online only up until December, at which point we will address an in-class option if available.
Items needed: Registration Form (please see below) and Payment - cash, check and credit card accepted. New Faith Formation Families/Students: For church records purposes, parents please provide a copy of the Birth Certificate for RCIC students - please see below, Baptismal Certificate for students receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in their second year of formation, Baptismal Certificate and First Communion Certificate for students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in their second year of formation. Returning Families/Students: If you have submitted a copy of your sacramental certificate in the prior year, please dismiss this note. If not, please do provide a copy for church record-keeping purposes.
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