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Youth Faith Formation

We look forward to assisting parents in the faith formation of their children/teens, helping them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Call Connie DeMeuse at the Youth Faith Formation Office with any questions, 609-1826.

Essential Pillars of Youth Faith Formation:

  1. The home is the most important place for the seed of faith to take root.
  2. Faith formation classes always assist and never replace the influence of the family on the young person’s faith.
  3. Our students must, by God’s grace, come to love our Lord Jesus and to love His Holy Catholic Church.
  4. Eternal life in heaven is our final goal in life. 

Curriculum:

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Ages 3-6 (Note: To enroll a child at 6, he/she can be turning 6 during the CGS year)


What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and Liturgy. CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child and God to come together and grow.
 
What is the Atrium and what materials may you find in one? The atrium is a specifically prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The atrium is prepared with materials that children “work with” as a way of meditating upon the essentials of our faith found in Scripture and in Liturgy. Examples of materials found in the atrium include small clay figures of Jesus and the disciples used to meditate on the Last Supper; detailed interactive maps of the Land of Israel and the City of Jerusalem to help situate Jesus as a real person in time;   Jerusalem Mustard Seeds and beautiful pearls to help ponder the Parables of the Kingdom of God; and a small Baptismal font and Paschal candle used to explore the significance of Baptism.

 

Grades 1-8:

 

The series used in our parish is Faith and Life published by Ignatius Press. Catechesis corresponds to the four pillars of the Catechism, covering Catholic doctrine, morality, sacraments, and prayer. Faith and Life is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and conforms with the Vatican’s General Directory for Catechesis.

High School Grades 9-12:

 

Lessons are from the Didache Series published by the Midwest Theological Forum. The lessons will draw from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, the lives of the saints, and the Doctors and Fathers of the Church.  The Didache series is approved by the USCCB and is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

Holy Bibles/Catechism:

 

Students in Grades 1-2 use The Catholic Bible for Children;  Grades 3-5 use The New Catholic Picture Bible;  Grades 6-12 use The New Catholic Answer’s Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Copies of all texts used in grades 1-12 are available for parent/guardian review at the Faith Formation center. Please contact the Faith Formation Coordinator.

 Education in Virtue                                                                                                                         
Students are called to be credible witnesses, living  joyfully and faithfully as disciples of Christ.  In an effort to assist students in this mission, emphasis will be placed on educating students in virtue.  Materials and resources used are taken from, Disciple of Christ - Education in Virtue, produced by The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

 

Supplemental Curriculum Elements:

 

All classes attend Eucharistic Adoration each week. The program integrates Saints for each month, Virtues for Life:  A Call to Holiness, a Spiritual Bouquet program for Catholic Church leaders and for those in religious life, and special prayers/activities pertinent to the holy liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. 

 

 

 

 

Classes Meet Wednesdays  

2019-2020 Youth Faith Formation

Start Date for Grades 1-12 

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Children in grades 1 to 6 meet from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Youth in grades 7-12 meet from 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm.

2019-2020 Schedule

 

Catechisis of the Good Sheperd meets Wednesdays from10:30-11:30 AM or 4:30-5:45 PM 

2019-2020 Schedule                                                       

Confirmation classes meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm in April and May.

2020 Schedule

 

Classes Meet in the Faith Formation Center                          

131 S. Madison Street

(Behind St. Francis Xavier Cathedral)

 

Contact Connie DeMeuse at 609-1826 with questions or to register.

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