Our faith formation program will be seeing some significant and exciting changes in the coming year! We will be transitioning from the traditional classroom approach which many of us received as children, and which has been the standard at parishes across the country for quite some time, to a whole-family catechesis model called “A Family of Faith” from Sophia Press.
We are embarking on this new journey for several reasons. Foremost, it is the vision of the Church that the faith be actively passed on in the home, and that parents act as the first educators of their children in the truths of the faith. This new program will equip parents to fully embrace their role as primary educators of their children’s Catholic faith.
There will be many changes, much of which will be most easily learned by doing. However, here are some of the important points that will help us get up and rolling:
FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION: These classes (2nd Grade, and 7th and 8th Grade) will meet weekly this year, as usual. Confirmation and First Communion students will attend with their families once a month on Community Meeting days.
HIGH SCHOOL: These classes will also meet weekly, as usual, and will begin on September.
Schedule: "A Family of Faith," sacramental prep, and high school will meet from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Please note the earlier dismissal time.
HOW IT WORKS: The first meeting of the month is for parents, who will themselves receive formation in the information they will subsequently teach their children. Between meetings, parents teach 2 lessons to their children, choosing from a wealth of activities which will be provided. At the end of the month, the whole family attends for a Community Meeting. This allows us to review what we have learned, and make important connections with the other families in the program through activities which strengthen our bond with one another in Christ.
PLEASE RETURN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2021.
Please Contact the office if you did not receive any forms.
THE FIRST “A FAMILY OF FAITH” MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 26, 2021.
FROM 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
This is the only meeting that will be held in the evening.
Please contact Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Visit sophiainstituteforteachers.org for more information on “A Family of Faith” from Sophia Press (see bottom of page).
7th & 8th Grade
Anyone interested in enrollment may call the church office at 937-843-3127 during office hours,
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.