First Communion 2018
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.
Sunday Family Faith Gathering - generally meets once a month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Families begin with 9:00 a.m. Mass, then gather for prayer, reflections on the Gospel reading of the day and activity.
Saturday Faith Formation - 1st-6th grades, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., meets weekly Saturday mornings at St. Anastasia Church, September - May.
Monday Faith Formation - 1st-6th grades, 6:00-7:30 p.m., meets weekly Monday evenings at St. Anastasia Church, September - May.
Family Catechesis - Meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. or the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
First Communion preparation involves two years of classes. First Communion Schedule for Parent & Student Prep Sessions (2nd year students)
Confirmation preparation involves two years of classes and community service.
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