Faith Formation Program Grades K-8
The purpose of our Faith Formation program is to assist parents in their responsibility to educate their children in the Catholic faith by providing formal classroom instruction in the ways of the Catholic faith.
Classes will be held Wednesday, 4:00pm & 6:30pm.
Wednesday Class 4:00-5:15pm
Wednesday Class 6:30-7:45pm
Curriculum and Resources Used:
- Image of God Series (Grade K)
- Faith and Life (Grades 1 – 8)
- Theology of the Body for Teens (Grade 8)
- Baltimore Catechism (Grades 3 -8 for those students who have not received formation in early years or have missed years of faith formation classes)
- Additional Resources: Catholic Trivia, Bibles, Eucharistic Adoration, and Rosary
Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities
If you love children, there are many opportunities to use your gifts and talents through volunteering in our Faith Formation Programs. There is always a need for dedicated volunteers, and there is always a need for you!
All adults volunteering with programs at Our Lady of Grace must review our Diocesan Safe Environment Policy and complete a background screening as well as Safe Environment training.
- Class Attendance: Perfect attendance is expected (unless illness or an emergency occurs). Your child’s promotion to the next level will be based on attendance, class work, homework completed, evaluations (as applicable), and the catechist’s recommendation. PLEASE NOTE: Participation in sports or other programs should not take priority over attendance at Religious Education.
- Mass Attendance: Students are required (as are all Catholics) to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass weekly (Saturday evening or Sunday) as well as the Holy Days of Obligation.
The Role of Parents
The Catholic Church considers the parents to be the chief catechists (teachers) for their children: “Parents above others are obliged to form their children by word and example in faith and in the practice of Christian life; sponsors and those who take the place of parents are bound by an equal obligation.” Code of Canon Law 774-2
When your child was baptized, you took upon yourself the responsibility of teaching them to love and practice the faith. Consider the words spoken at the Rite of Baptism of your child:
Priest or Deacon: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the Faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”
Parents: “We do.”
The Church’s faith formation program can never replace the parents in the carrying out of their responsibility. It is essential to the child’s growth and development in the Catholic faith that the parents live the life of faith in the home. The effectiveness of the catechetical process radically depends upon this. For example, while religious education classes can teach the tenants of the Catholic Faith such as attending Mass each week, the child will be more impacted by the family actually attending Mass each week.
Home is where the faith is lived out. Those living the Gospel message at home (the domestic church) will grow in holiness.
Children will not understand and be open to the grace of the Sacraments if they do not learn their faith. Religious instruction offered by the Parish should only be viewed as supplementing what is learned and lived out at home.
We look forward to partnering with you on your child’s faith journey!
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