Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
NO Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. returning Sept. 4
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium”, a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use to ponder the mysteries of our faith. We will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays as part of Family Faith for Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade children. There will also be a Level 1, (ages 3-5) and a Level 2, (grades 1-3) offered on Tuesday mornings. Once your registration has been accepted, an intake form will be emailed to you to fill out for your pre-school and elementary age children. During the Tuesday morning session there is opportunity for small group studies.
Our elementary offerings reflect a transition to weekly sessions, with the younger grades (ages 3 years through grade 1) utilizing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and older grades (grades 2-5) continuing with the Family Formation curriculum. Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children in faith, parents will join their children on-site for one Wednesday per month for Catholic parenting education, catechesis, liturgical experiences and parent-child activities. Families can register for session times 4:30-6pm or 6:30-8pm. On the parent Wednesdays, free childcare is provided for younger siblings of students ages 6 months to 2 years. An optional Family Meal is offered (and a free-will donation will be accepted) to nourish the stomachs and the social needs of our busy families.
Children in grade 2 are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (in February) and Eucharist (in May) during Family Faith. Parents are directly involved in helping their children prepare for these sacraments by teaching at home materials, attending parent informational sessions, retreats, practices, and celebrations.
Middle School Faith Formation sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm for students in grades 6-8. Our sessions use large group speakers, small discussion groups, prayer, and various activities to foster growth in the youth’s understanding of and relationship with God. Our materials are based on Sacred Scripture and the Catechism. The goal of this ministry is for teens to encounter Christ, seek God’s truth, and grow in community as preparation for their Confirmation and life as a disciple of Christ. Middle Schoolers are also encouraged to join us at our E3 Middle School Youth Ministry activities.
Confirmation preparation sessions are held weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:15pm for students in grades 9-12. The preparation is designed in a one year format with the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring. Preparation is focused on forming candidates into passionate and knowledgeable Disciples of Christ. This is done through large group speakers and small group discussions. Components of the program also include a youth ministry retreat.
Little Lambs is for children 3 yrs – K. The program takes place during the first half of the Mass. With catechists, the children experience the weekly Gospel through storytelling, hands on activities, and music. The goal is for the young children to grow in God’s love and participate more fully in the beauty of the Mass. Children join their families after the Homily.