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We recognize the family is the first community of faith and the most powerful influence on the faith of children and teenagers. We also recognize that parents are the first educators of their children, providing the foundation for a spiritual and religious life. We know that the family needs to be a vital part of the process of lifelong faith formation at all stages of faith development, and that parents need help to assume their roles in fostering faith and a deeper spirituality within their homes.
We are also aware of the tremendous changes family life has undergone in the past forty years, and the present day diversity in family forms and structures. We know that families are stretched and stressed in new and challenging ways, putting new demands on family life.
Characteristics of Whole Community Catechesis
- Sunday Mass is the most important gathering of the Christian Community.
- The total parish is involved in learning and sharing about the faith. Every age in the parish is involved, not just children and youth.
- Families are the domestic church. Home is where faith happens on a continuing basis.
- Christian Formation is not an optional parish program with a beginning and an end. Continual faith formation is part of being Christian.
- Formal Christian Formation is offered in the following ways:
- Elementary religious education - grades 4K-4, including preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion (2nd grade)
- Middle School religious education - grades 5-8
- High School religious education - grades 9-11, including preparation for Confirmation (11th grade)
- Family Fellowship and Adult Formation
- RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and RCIA for children