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Children's Faith Formation

NOTICE:
THE FAITH FORMATION GATHERINGS FOR
FAMILIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
WHILE WE REVIEW THE PROGRAM
TO BETTER SERVE THE NEEDS OF OUR
COMMUNITY


 

PREPARATION CLASSES FOR RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION

  • Weekly Classes for students (Grade Two and above) who have not yet received their First Communion and who have successfully completed a Faith Formation Program during the previous year
  • Before Wednesday Mass, 5:00-6:15
  • First Reconciliation was celebrated in December, First Communion will be on May 4

FAITH FORMATION GATHERINGS FOR FAMILIES

The change in our Mass schedule has forced us to re-think our Religious Education/Faith Formation Programs at Our Lady of Good Counsel. After careful consideration we now propose a new format for our program which we believe will best meet our needs and situation:  a monthly "Faith Formation Gathering for Families" which replaces our schedule of weekly classes, combined with existingSacramental Prep Classes.

Once a month after Mass on Saturday children in Grades K-5 will participate with their parents and siblings in a two-hour Family-Centered Faith Formation Event.  Children who are anticipating First Communion will also attend an additional weekly class with Rosemary Nordstrom (before Mass on Wednesdays, 5:00-6:15) to help them prepare for the reception of that Sacrament. Students in Junior High will meet with Susan Holder on Saturday evenings following Mass and will join their families for the monthly Family Gathering. Unless we are able to secure an adult to lead a Senior High program, our high school students will be encouraged to carpool to Holy Disciples for the weekly gathering of the Youth Group.  The Confirmation Prep Program, taught by Fr. Matthew, is held at Holy Disciples on Sunday afternoons twice a month.

The monthly Family Gatherings require the help of volunteers from the parish. These volunteers will meet with Tom and Rosemary O’Brien-Wilson for a two hour session each month to plan the evening and then spend eight to ten hours preparing the materials needed for each of the sessions.  We invite you to volunteer your time and energy in this ministry to our parish.

Regular participation in the Faith Formation Gatherings for Families will satisfy the Archdiocesan requirement that First Communion Prep is open only to students who have completed a Faith Formation Program the previous year.  Participation in the Youth Group will continue to be required of students who wish to be Confirmed the following year.

Please discuss this matter with your students and your fellow parishioners and share your thoughts with members of the Pastoral Council and/or Parish Staff.  Also, join us in our prayers to the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom as we enter into this new way of passing on our faith to our children.

Volunteer with Faith Formation!


Volunteering to work with children is said to be one of the best ways to have an important role in fulfilling God’s plan for humanity. Children, after all, are nearest and dearest to the heart of Jesus! We need catechists and classroom aides, people who work directly with the children and people who work behind the scenes, volunteers with experience and those willing to learn. In short, we need you.
To find out more about how you can help, contact Tom at 253-875-6630 

Please also see the Safe Environment Program policy pertaining to volunteers.

 

Faith Formation Program
        K - Grade 5

To view the Class Calendar for  2017 - 2018 click here 

 

Baptism Prep Class

To learn more about Baptism Preparation  click here

 

First Communion

To learn more about the Preparation Program for First Communion click here.