Our Faith Formation Program is open to all children ages 4-16. Sacramental classes require commitment.
– Penance and first Eucharist — 7 years/2nd grade
– Confirmation — 13 years/8th grade (two-year commitment)
Faith Formation registration begins Sunday, September 4th to Saturday, September 17th. Download below or look for registration forms in mail.
Classes begin Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Our Catholic Faith is as diverse as the colors of a rainbow.
This is our Faith!
Our Mission is “To Open the Door of our Faith”: Knowing, Loving & Serving Christ in the Catholic Church
Knowing: The Bible tells us we must have faith in order to be saved. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is nothing more than believing and trusting. Searching the Scriptures, we see faith also involves assent to God’s truth (1 Thessalonians 2:13) & obedience to Him (Romans 1:5, 16:26).
Loving: Faith also must be working in love (Galatians 5:6). In one of the most reassuring passages in the Bible, we learn that no power on earth or heaven can come between us and God’s love — no person, no spiritual power, and not even death itself. (Romans 8: 38-39)
Serving: St. Paul speaks of faith as a life-long process, never as a one-time experience (Philippians 2:12). He never assumes he has nothing to worry about. If he did, his words in (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) would be nonsensical. H
e reiterates the same point again in his second letter to Corinth (2 Corinthians 13:5). He takes nothing for granted, yet all would agree if anyone was “born again” it certainly was Paul. Our Lord and Savior spoke of the same thing by “remaining in Him” (John 15:1-11).
Paul tells us our faith is living and can go through many stages. It never stays permanently fixed after a single conversion experience, no matter how genuine or sincere.
Our faith can be shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19), departed from (1 Timothy 4:1), disowned (1 Timothy 5:8) wandered from (1 Timothy 6:10), and missed (1 Timothy 6:21). Christians do not have a “waiver” that exempts us from being shipwrecked or departed from Christ.
Do our works mean anything? According to Jesus they do! (Matthew 25:31-46). The people of God are rewarded by their actions & by their thoughts (Matthew 15:18-20) & words (James 3:6-12) we are also accountable for them as well.
Our Focus: Is to consider how great life would be if we simply released the power of God’s love in our lives daily: By Knowing God, Loving Jesus & Living His Word; by caring for each other as human beings; by giving the same respect you desire from others; by not allowing race, ego, insecurity, fear & helplessness be the convenient ally to breed hate from our weakness & pride.
Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe in speech, conduct, love, faith & purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Our Catechist…Creates Space for Faith: With a bit of thoughtful preparation, we create space for the Holy Spirit to deepen our class love for the Bible & prayer.
We teach with an understanding of the context of Scripture’s commands. St. Paul in his epistles wanted his readers (both individually and corporately) to be rooted in the power of trusting in God before calling people to fiery obedience.
When we teach, we frame an invitation to obey God’s commands as a friend, mentor or parent.
We teach about recovery and repentance: When youth or adults are living with the “sin,” their faith isn’t large enough to handle their inevitable mistakes. When they stumble, they feel as if they might as well toss in the towel. As a result, they shrink from God and faith community — just when they desperately need both. Regardless of our age or life stage, he is the Emmanuel — the one who sticks with us forever. We teach that Reconciliation brings us back to God’s loving embrace & it is by faith we are strengthen in Christ! (Philippians 4:13)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me!
We take Action
Create Space for Faith
We encourage young people to be rooted in the power of trusting in God.
We emphasize that Jesus can handle sin and everything else we bring to him all we need is to…
Just have Faith! …now let’s open that door together.