FAMILY FAITH FORMATION - what does that mean?
We've shifted from an older CCD model to something more personal. It's less textbook, and more Bible. It's less class, and more Mass. It's not an assembly line, it's family & community. It's not a program, it's a process. It's not a series of promotional events, it's a lifestyle. Family Faith Formation is a way to help support and encourage parents to be the best examples of Christian Life to the children they hope to raise as good Christian kids. Keeping our faith strong is our shield against real evil influences in our lives.
We live in an age where glowing electronic devices instantly link us to a world that is telling us what to think, how to feel, and how to identify. We are often overwhelmed with input, information, and choices. And in that noise are voices trying to tell your children WHO they are. If you aren't talking to them about belonging to God's family, and being infinitely valuable, beautiful & irreplaceable people, what are they hearing instead? We want to help empower ourselves as parents, to have meaningful conversations about faith, God, sin & forgiveness, morals, sacraments, life, and to be comfortable saying "let's find out together" when kids ask something we can't easily answer. Let's work together.
We talk about a "personal relationship with Christ" - and relationships need attention, time & communication. Christianity has to be lived and experienced to be relate-able. We should aim and point the way to Jesus, then do our best to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our professed beliefs- lifestyle, Bible, mass, prayer. If we want our children to know Christ, they need to see Him in us!
Let us help show you simple ways to share the faith in your home and in the parish community. We want to show you how easy it can be to talk to your children about being a follower of Jesus Christ.
If you have not received your 2019/2020 Family Faith Formation package, please check in with us in the gathering space of the church. Family Faith Formation is for ALL of our children, regardless of where they attend school.
Faith Formation for Pre-K through 5
Children in Pre-K thru 5th grade will attend the 11:15am Mass and participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW). All parents and children will gather together monthly for group activities.
Faith Formation for grades 6-8
Students in grades 6-8 will meet at 9:30-11:00 on the scheduled Sundays. (see calendar)
Students are expected to attend either the 8:30 or the 11:15 Mass with their families.
Students and parents will meet monthly for Family Faith Formation.
We will begin the Faith Formation year on October 6 at 9:30am with a family renewal in the church hall.
For a list of scheduled session dates, and special events / monthly gathering dates- Please see the Family Faith Formation Calendar, in your Family Formation Folders.
19 Jan 2020 - Testimony of John the Baptist.
Same Video - but we focused on Jesus' obedience to the Father, and how we glorify God in service to others. The kids gave examples of ways to show kindness to others.
14 Jan 2020 - Baptism of Jesus!
05JAN2020 - We Celebrated the Epiphany!
The kids at CLOW heard a silly story about the 4th Wise Guy (ask them!)
Hope you all found peace in Christmas, and Joy ringing in the New Year!
Leaving the following videos here a little while longer... :)
Here's an insightful video about God's Grace:
And here's a beautiful video from USCCB & Catholic Relief Services, about being good stewards of God's Creation:
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