RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
PLEASE NOTE: This year we have one registration form for Family Faith Formation, First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion, & Youth Confirmation. We would like to receive registration by Friday, July 30, 2021
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Family Faith Formation
Religious Education is intended for all Good Shepherd parish youth in First Grade through Seventh Grade who do not attend Catholic schools. We began a new formation model of Family Faith Formation in 2020 and will continue the same format this year. We believe this model to be fruitful and beneficial in many ways. You can learn more about this model and our decision to adopt it by viewing the video above as created as we prepared for the start of the program in 2020.
In the family formation model, parents attend a monthly formation session that will equip them to teach the faith to their children through home lessons. Children will join their parents at Good Shepherd a few times throughout the year. This approach works to form the faithful of all ages, to build up the domestic church, to assist parents in their role as the primary educators of their children in the faith, and to help families experience the faith together. Our new curriculum will walk families through the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each year families will receive a parent guide and a student workbook for each enrolled child. During the first year in our program, families will also receive a Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a Bible (New American St. Joseph Edition).
We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to incorporate this model into our life at Good Shepherd. We look forward to being able to offer the fullness of a family formation program, which in non-pandemic times would include regular shared meals, social time with other families, and on-site catechesis for our children. It is our goal to begin to offer more as we move into 2022.
While Religious Education is intended for families who do not attend a Catholic school, we are hopeful that Good Shepherd School families will also utilize the Family Faith Formation Nights.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is open to all Good Shepherd parish youth in Second Grade or older. Preparation is also open to non-parishioner students from Good Shepherd School who receive permission from their pastors. Children who enroll in this program must also be enrolled in the Good Shepherd Religious Education program or Good Shepherd School. Children who desire to receive these sacraments must be baptized in the Catholic Church. If your child has not yet been baptized, or if she or he was baptized in another Christian community, but you would like her or him to receive additional sacraments, please contact the parish office so that we can plan accordingly.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is open to all Good Shepherd parish youth in Eighth Grade or older. Preparation is also open to non-parishioner graduates of Good Shepherd School who receive permission from their pastors. Youth who desire to receive this sacrament must have already received Baptism and First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. If your child has not yet received these sacraments but would like to be confirmed, please contact the parish office so that we can talk through the initiation process.
Good Shepherd also provides for the faith formation needs of our adults. This happens in a variety of ways, including multiple-week programs (bible and catechism studies, prayer workshops), one-time programs (funeral planning session, end-of-life topics, music and liturgy conversations), seasonal mornings of reflection, and even the opportunity to discuss matters of faith over coffee or beer.