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.
Being an intentional disciple means having an encounter with God that changes our lives. That change compels us to want to share God’s love and mercy with others. It can happen at any age! Here is the testimony of Mari Pablo, who was 10 when she had her encounter. We help ourselves to encounter God through prayer, celebrating the Sacraments, studying the Bible, serving, participating in the life and ministries of the Church and mission trips; educating ourselves about our faith (religious education), having fellowship with other believers, journaling and spiritual direction. Intentional disciples can also defend the faith (Apologetics). This webinar from Word on Fire Institute explains it.
In this parish we offer Faith Formation through the “Family” model. It provides an opportunity for peer grouping and inter-generational sharing. 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 families meet at one of the worship sites for enrichment to the weekly lessons. Singles and families at all life cycles/stages are welcome. The materials selected and the facilitator’s role aim to “reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in Christ. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him. Catechesis aims at putting ‘people. . . in communion. . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” —CCC 426
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. 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.
Our individual stories write our sacred stories. To learn the importance of recording them, click here.