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Faith and Family

Faith Formation

 

 

Faith and Family Introduction

"The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children; they should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each of them, fostering with special care vocation to a sacred state" (Pope St. John Paul II, Lumen gentium §12).

For nearly two thousand years, the Catholic Church has taken great pride in adapting to new ways to teach the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In today's very modernized world, everything seems to compete for your time.  The Catholic Church and your children's faith formation are no exceptions.  Therefore, at St. Patrick Church, we are continuing the Church's adapting mission and taking the next step in bringing our faith formation program into the 21st century.

The Bible clearly shows God has always provided for His people.  Sometimes in very unique ways.  He now provides an incredible new way for Catholics to share their faith: namely, the Internet.  St. Patrick Parish is going to use God's gift to provide faith formation by blending our In-Parish teaching with At-Home resources available on the internet.

This new way of faith formation we have named Faith and Family.  It replaces the GIFT program and is all encompassing.  Here are some highlights of Faith and Family:

Faith and Family will include

  • First Reconciliation/Holy Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Christ Our Life
  • R C I A
  • Adult and Senior Faith Formation
  • Kindergarten and Pre-school Faith Formation

Holy Communion and Confirmation

  • Holy Communion and Confirmation is already started.  Both will continue this year as they did in previous years.  On-line resources will be added over time as a supplement.  As we add resources, Holy Communion and Confirmation Catechists will notify children and parents.  We will also provide notification on FACEBOOK.  Although Holy Communion and Confirmation is already underway, registration is still open and late comers will be welcome.  Register online or call the Rectory office.

R C I A

  • Similar to Holy Communion and Confirmation, R C I A will be handled as previous years.  Additional on-line resources will be provided over time to supplement this wonderful program.  Please click on the link at the bottom of this page for more information on R C I A.

Christ Our Life

Christ Our Life is a blended In-Parish/At-Home Catechesis program.  It is authored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, and aligned with the Church's call for the New Evangelization.  It is approved by the USCCB and takes into consideration the Six Tasks of Catechesis. Here are highlights of the Christ Our Life program:

  • Provides Faith Formation for grades 1 and grades 3 through 8.
  • Optional (but encouraged) for Holy Communion children.
  • Six Christ Our Life Family Retreats will be held throughout the year after 10:00 am Mass.  The retreats will last no more than 90 minutes.
  • Nov. 18th | Jan. 20th | Mar. 24th | May 19th | July 21st | Oct. 6th.
  • Throughout the year it will cover five major topics of our Faith in age appropriate ways:
    • The Creed
    • The Sacraments
    • Moral Life
    • Prayer
    • The New Evangelization
  • Registration required by October 17 to allow for ordering parent and student materials.
  • Register online or call the Rectory office.

Adult and Senior Faith Formation

  • Starting an entire new way of Faith Formation takes a lot of work and time.  Although we have a dedicated staff of volunteers hard at work on Faith and Family, it is difficult to implement everything at once.  Therefore our Adult and Senior Faith Formation will be implemented in late 2018 and the beginning of 2019.  Our Adult and Senior Faith Formation will provide many exceptional on-line resources.  However, we are also talking about having future bible studies, retreats and other In-Parish Faith Formation opportunities for adults and seniors.  

Kindergarten and Pre-School

  • Faith and Family embraces all ages and generations, promotes faith growth at home through parish preparation programs and more importantly through participation in church life.  We recognize children at this age are at the very beginning of their Faith Formation.  They are taught primarily by parents, grandparents , siblings, and other adults.  Often times it is difficult to find appropriate resources for this age.  Faith and Family for Kindergarten and Pre-School will provide several on-line resources and links to videos age appropriate for these children.  They will include songs, crafts and coloring pages.  Of course, Pre-School and Kindergarten children will always be welcome to participate in the In-Parish Faith Formation if the parent feels their child is ready.  Stay tuned to the St. Patrick FACEBOOK page and this website as we add these resources.

Faith Formation Team

Your Faith Formation Team is made up of Parish Staff and a group of dedicated volunteers.  We still need more help.  So if you can spare a few hours to do God's work, it would be greatly appreciated.  We especially will need Catechists to help with our six monthly Parent/Children meetings.  Much of the work will be done for you.  If you can give your time, contact one of the Team members below.  Your St. Patrick Faith Formation Ministry is made up of:

  • Pastor - Father Collins Anaeche (fr.anaeche@aohct.org)
  • Parish Secretary - Margaret Peckham ( margaret.peckham@sp4c.org)
  • Administrative Assistant - Carolyn Zimmerman (aa@sp4c.org)
  • Christ Our Life Program Coordinator – David Humbarger (david.humbarger@outlook.com)
  • Holy Communion and First Reconciliation – Sarah Hollenbeck (saintpatrickteacher@gmail.com)
  • Confirmation – Peter Fortier (peter.fortier@sbcglobal.net)

We all have the desire to continuously grow in the Lord, however deeply this desire may be hidden within us.  "Thou hast prompted him, that he should delight to praise thee, for thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee" (St. Augustine, Confessions, I, 1).  The Faith and Family program is a "living" program.  It is your program.  We who are working to see this new way of spiritual development through, thank God for giving us this opportunity.  Yet we know that only He is perfect and we may miss things that may be important.  Please, we encourage comments and recommendations.  Keep your eye on our weekly bulletin and check our Facebook page occasionally for announcements of new developments and of new resources being made available for parishioners of all ages.

 


 

 

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