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.
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