The goal of catechesis is to fervently know, love and serve God, live as His children and share our faith with others through the beliefs and actions of the Roman Catholic Church. So why be a Catholic?
Let’s let Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Presents help us with that.
In many ways faith is caught, not taught. It requires knowing God’s Word, bringing our joys and sufferings to Mass as offering, and giving ourselves over to our trusting Creator. Like Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, we need to trust and obey so that we may cry out in prayer, “Not My will but Your’s be done.”
Faith Formation is offered through the Parish “Family” model. This means that family members are assigned age appropriate lessons to be done weekly, preferably on Sundays as a way of honoring the third Commandment: “Keep the Lord’s Day holy.” Once monthly children and adults meet at their worship sites for enrichment to the weekly lessons. The typical monthly session format is: introduction/presentation by facilitator, discussion & activities and prayer. Singles and families at all life cycles/stages are welcome. It provides an opportunity for peer group and intergenerational sharing.
As a member of the diocesan church, we are bound to the guidelines it sets forth. Educational opportunities are in conformity with the diocese and the mandates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The 4 Pillars of the Faith & 14 themes provides a quick overview. However, diocesan documents are enumerated here. Preparation for reception of the Sacraments is done outside of regular Faith Formation. To learn more about that, click here.
For additional resources, including the Catechism online, other info and media click here.
To the glory of God we hope to form intentional disciples: modeled after our Savior, Jesus Christ, in obedience to the Father with the aid of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and all the angels and saints.
“The purpose of catechesis is to become a greater lover.” To read more about that statement go here: