Faith Formation in the Catholic Church
WHAT IS FAITH FORMATION?
Faith formation is catechesis (teaching the Catholic faith) which aims to deepen a relationship with Jesus through educational and enrichment opportunities. Designed to touch the intellect as well as the heart, these programs help people live and experience a more Christ-centered life.The goal of Saint Matthew's Faith Formation program is to provide effective ways of teaching the Catholic faith to people of all ages and backgrounds. We create a connection to the new evangelization envisioned by Second Vatican Council, the work of recent Popes, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Ultimately, faith formation is oriented toward the question: How do I practically and authentically live the Catholic faith?
At St. Matthew's Catholic Community, groups like St. John Paul II Elementary School, Children's Religious Education, On Solid Grounds (OSG), EDGE, and Adult Faith Formation are the tools to help better understand the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and His sacrament, the Catholic Church. For more information, please contact:
- St. John Paul II Catholic School Principal, Melanie Sylte at 307-686-4114 ext. 142
- Children's Ministry Director, Christie Hloucal at 307-682-3319 ext. 149
- Youth Directors, Tim & Theresa Meuer at 307-682-3319 ext. 116
- Adult Faith Formation Director, Dick Holland at 307-682-3319 ext. 112
BECOME A STUDENT!
All students/families must be registered with St. Matthew's Parish.
Pre-K - 5th grade
Classes are on Wednesday nights from 6 - 7 p.m., September through May in the Family Life Center (FLC), through our Children's Ministry. Children prepare for Sacrament of Reconcilliation & First Holy Communion in 2nd grade in conjunction with the regular classes with the Sacrament of First Eucharist given during the spring.
Schedule (click here to download) for 2017-2018
This is for children baptized and in 2nd grade or baptized and in 3rd - 6th grade.
Families planning for children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion must have their children enrolled in a Faith Formation program.
RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children):
This process is for children in 3rd grade and older who seek Baptism.
6th - 8th Grade (EDGE)
Middle school students meet weekly on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., September through May in the Family Life Center (FLC), through our Youth Ministry Program. Confirmation preparation is offered to those in 7th grade who have already received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist in conjunction with the regular classes.
9th - 12th Grade (On Solid Grounds)
High school students meet weekly on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., September through May in the Family Life Center (FLC), through our Youth Ministry Program.
BECOME A CATECHIST!
Contact the Children's Ministry Director, Christie Hloucal or Youth Ministry Directors, Tim & Theresa Meuer for more information.
Required forms for all participants and volunteers:
- Photo and Video release for both adults and children
- Medical Authorization Form
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