Faith Formation

Assumption Faith Formation Mission

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Faith Formation Programs of Assumption Parish express the faith of the community and assist the community in fulfilling the catechetical mission of the Church as it seeks to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and foster mature faith in its members: children, youth and adults.

Faith Formation Classes offered for School Year 20/21

Even though the formal Faith Formation programs will begin the third week of September, we recognize that in your families, there has not been a break in faith formation. All we do in raising our children to be good moral adults is “faith formation.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1656) refers to the domestic church in this way,In the home, Christian parents cultivate for themselves and their children a spiritual life directed towards loving God and loving others.  The home becomes the base for Catholic culture where faith and love of God is central and its primary principle.  The practice of virtue and self-giving to each other in daily family life becomes the school for love of neighbor.  The family seeks the Holy Spirit to sanctify family relationships, to direct home life, and to share God’s love to others outside of the home.”

 

The Onsite classes start Wednesday, Sept 16 for Grades 1-7

The Family Catechesis programs for Preschool-7 will be starting on Sept 16th

*Christ our Life Family Resources landing page for Virtual Catechesis https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/christ-our-life/christ-our-life-2016/parents-and-students/

The Youth Ministry and Confirmation Classes will begin Sunday, September 20

 

This year whether you choose on site of homeschooling for Faith Formation, we are adopting a family friendly approach. If you choose to start homeschooling but then choose to come onsite it will be easy enough for you to do so. We will offer both an onsite model (Grades 1-7) with a Catechist in the classroom or a Family Catechesis with support for Grades PS-7.

 

The Onsite model: (For Grades 1-7)

  • Will meet once a week each Wednesday from 5:30-700PM with instructions from some of the best Catechists in the Diocese.
  • Will be following Diocesan guidelines for safety and will be taking all the necessary precautions to protect your children. (More is on our website as to all the specific guidelines that we will be following).
  • There will only be 9 children per room (with the Catechists ten) with adequate physical distancing.
  • The Catechists will be wearing masks.
  • We will be covering the same topic at each grade level so even if you chose to have one onsite and another in “Family Catechesis”, you will have the same focus at home for faith formation.

The Family Catechesis Model (PS-Grade 7)

  • Is flexible and designed so that if you have more than one child you can teach them at the same time the same subject.
  • The most important aspect of this program is your presence and conversations regarding our Faith.
  • There will be monthly virtual meetings with the parents to give them an overview of the topics for the following 3 weeks.
  • Parents will have the necessary resources and support to be successful.
  • Will use materials provided specifically designed for use at home and family friendly.
  • The activities will refresh your own faith while helping you become an active partner in your child’s faith formation.
  • A Catechist will teach the children an overview once a month and provide weekly emails
  • Teaching times flexible to family life
  • Here is a sample lesson: https://lpress-craft.s3.amazonaws.com/files/col2016-files/famcat/CurPri5348_COL_ParentQuickGuide_final.pdf

 

Whether the children are being taught at Assumption Parish or at home, all the children in Grades Preschool through 7th grade will be on the same topic each week for a cohesive message. The year is designed around 5 topics: The Creed, The Sacraments, Moral Life, Prayer and New Evangelization.

 

Confirmation normally takes place in the 8th grade and a weekly commitment in the 7th and 8th grade is part of the preparation process. Confirmation class is offered on Sunday 12:00-1:30 PM or Sunday evening 6:30-8:00 PM .  If you are in high school and have not yet been confirmed, call Mrs. Sokolowski 361-5126 x257.

 

Registration for onsite is on a first come, first served basis.

Sacramental Prep for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion begins in First Grade and the Sacraments normally takes place in the Second grade. Weekly commitment in the First and Second Grade is part of the process.

 

Junior High Youth Ministry takes place on Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00 for all 6th-8th Graders of the parish whether they go to School or are in the Faith Formation Program.

Grade 8: Confirmation

High School Youth Ministry takes place on Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00. This is open to all youth no matter the School they attend. They do not need to be parishioners either.

Special needs, special situations, disabilities.

We would like to assist you the parent in whatever ways we can to support the faith formation of your child/youth, call for more information.

Why Send Your Child/Children to Faith Formation

The Faith Formation Programs helps the children understand the Sacraments, especially the Mass and hopefully develop a strong desire to attend regularly. They will learn to appreciate the most important rituals of our faith. The more we come to know and understand something, the more we appreciate it. For instance, how many small children will sit and watch the Superbowl? ……………It is only those who understand the game. What is going on and why. In the same way, the more children learn about the Mass, the responses, why we do what we do; then the more likely they will pay attention and remain focused. They will learn that the Sacraments have the power to transform us when we meet Christ there.

The Catechist will reinforce your moral and ethical values. Sometimes children “turn a deaf ear to the parents”; yet, when another adult reinforces the same value, all of a sudden it seems to make sense to the child. Children tend to think that they are the only ones in their school that cannot see a certain show or stretch a certain rule. When they hear the echoes of their parent’s morality, it helps for compliance.

Catechesis shows how the Gospel fully satisfies the desires of our heart. Happiness lies in living the Catholic Faith as Christ has modeled it. The more that we learn about Jesus and His plan for our lives, the more we live with meaning and purpose in our lives. We are all called to make a difference in the world around us.

Catechesis assists the children in fostering a relationship with Jesus through developing personal prayer.  They learn both the traditional prayer and spontaneous prayer and learn to pray to Jesus as a friend. Once we develop a love relationship with Jesus, we are more willing to want to please Him.

Children will learn that we have a co-responsibility to be involved in the missionary activity of the church and to reach out to others in need. We are called to be Disciples of Christ by virtue of our baptism. This means bringing Christ to the world, the home, the family, the school, etc.

Your child will meet and hopefully become friends with peers with similar beliefs and morals as their own. You can reinforce the friendships that they are forming, by providing opportunities for them in playgroups or outside activities with children of similar morals and values, as well. The power of positive peer pressure is important.

A Parent’s Role

At Baptism, parents agree to teach children to love and practice the Catholic Faith. Assumption Faith Formation is designed to support and assist in that goal as partners. Ways that the parents can have a greater role is to assist your child with the “At Home” section in the Student Book. This helps incorporate what the child is learning into their home life. You can increase the child’s faith formation by praying often as a family, teach the prayers given in class to be reinforced at home, attending weekly Mass, be actively involved in the life of the parish and encourage the children to do the same. The children know how important faith formation is as modeled by the parents. We encourage your involvement in Classroom as helpers to the Catechist, as hall monitors or offering to use your time and talent for successful Catechesis.

For more information, questions etc., please contact Cheryl Sokolowski, Director of Religious Education at 361-5126 x 257 or Renee Smith, Secretary at 361-5126 x256

Great quotes

“Train up a child in the way they should go; Even when old, they will not swerve from it.” Proverbs  22:6

National Directory for Catechesis, pg 234 “Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for their children. They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators, or catechists. They catechize primarily by the witness of their Christian lives and their love of the faith.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church “The Christian home is the place where children receive to first proclamation of the faith. For this reason, the family home is rightly called “the domestic church” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues, and of Christian Charity.” (CCC 1666)

Pope Francis, “The life of a family is filled with beautiful moments: rest, meals together, walks in the park or the countryside, visits to grandparents or to a sick person… But if love is missing, joy is missing, nothing is fun. Jesus gives always gives us that love: he is its endless source. In the sacrament he gives us his word and he gives us the bread of life, so that our joy may be complete.”

Quote from Follow the Way of Love “The family exists at the heart of all societies.  It is the first and most basic community to which every person belongs.    There is nothing more fundamental to our vitality as a society and as a Church. For, in the words of Pope John Paul II, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” (On the Family, no. 86). click here for the context