Faith Formation

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         Grades K-8

 

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 Wednesdays beginning on August 22, 2018, 4:00pm & 6:30pm.

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General Schedule

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)
  • Additional Resources: Catholic Trivia, Bibles, Eucharistic Adoration, and Rosary

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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!

Safe Environment

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.

Attendance Requirements:

  • 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!

 

 

 

High school Group Ministry

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General Schedule

Sundays 5:30-7:00 pm

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Middle School Group Ministry

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General Schedule

Friday 6:30-8:00 pm

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Adult faith formation

                                  Adult Studies/RCIA

Our Lady of Grace Parish welcomes all those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program of catechesis to better understand Jesus Christ and his bride, the Catholic Church. 

RCIA is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who have never been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Church (Candidates for Full Communion in the Catholic Church). RCIA also includes adult baptized Catholics who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation – Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

We will meet each Mondays at  7:00pm beginning on August 20th and will run until Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. However, it is never too late to begin the process, please inquire at any time.

If you are interested in RCIA, we would love to have you! If you want some more information before signing up, please fill out the Inquiry Form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible or you can contact Deacon Doc Donofrio deacondoc@gracewepray.org or (803) 283-4969 ext 113.

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