Children's Faith Formation:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Weekly sessions are available September through May
Sunday 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a common religious experience involving children and adults in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant. This experience is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium.
Level I | Age 3 - Kindergarten
The young child is particularly capable of receiving and enjoying the most essential elements of our faith—the announcement of God’s love especially experienced through Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who died and is risen. Materials on the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings help to make the mystery of God concrete for the child.
Level II | Grades 1 - 3
The elementary-age child is captured by the image of the True Vine. “I am the vine, you are the branches, whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” The proclamation responds to the deep need of these children to better know his or her relationship with God, family, friends, and the larger community.
Level III | Grades 4 & 5
The history of salvation focusing on the plan of God as a plan of communion, a plan which links all people together through God’s love delight the older child. The emphasis is on our response to this unfolding generosity of God and recognition of the responsibilities that come with receiving God’s great gifts and seeing oneself as a collaborator with God.
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First Reconciliation | Grade 2 and Older
The child at this age seeks guidelines. Moral parables offer a model for comparing their behavior with that of the Pharisee, the Tax Collector, or the Good Samaritan. The Found Sheep, the Found Coin, and the Prodigal Son are examined as the children prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation. The proclamation and meditation of these parables stress God's love which is constantly forgiving. Enrollment in Children's Faith Formation is required for sacrament preparation.
First Eucharist | Grade 2 and Older
The elementary children see the parts of the Mass - the Liturgy of the Word, the Preparation of the Gifts, the Eucharistic Prayer, and the Communion - as one unified prayer made of many smaller prayers. Children prepare for the celebration of First Eucharistic through a series of communion meditations focusing on the relationship with Jesus. It leads to a three to four-day retreat prior to the celebration of the First Eucharist. Preparation of personal missals filled with illustrations and prayers is also part of this preparation which helps to deepen their love and understanding of the Eucharist. Enrollment in Children's Faith Formation is required for sacrament preparation.
If you have questions about Sacrament Preparation, please click here to contact Cindy Monn