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 Director, Allison Stricker at 307-682-3319 ext. 116
- Adult Faith Formation Director, Dick Holland at 307-682-3319 ext. 112
BECOME A STUDENT!
Register for faith formation here! 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.
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.
Children three years of age to 5th grade are dismissed each week during the school year to celebrate the Word of God during Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Mass and the Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Mass and 11:00 a.m. Mass. This is a time for an official liturgical rite. The Liturgy of the Word, which is a part of the celebration of the Eucharist. It is not a time for babysitting, bathroom-break, or for telling stories about the lives of the saints, or for religious education. In other words, this is not a time-out from the liturgy.
We will be taking a break from Children’s Liturgy of the Word for summer. This will give our children a chance to spend time in the larger community celebrating the Liturgy of the Word. It also gives parents a chance to gauge where their child is in their faith formation & how best to encourage their spiritual growth. So during this time, please pick-up a children’s bulletin in the entrances of the church.
Parents - To further facilitate the children's engagement in the Mass here are a couple of worksheets that you may download & print at your convenience:
- Order of the Mass
- Behavior in Mass
- June 25, 2017 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Kindergarten - 1st grade and/or 2nd - 3rd grade)
- June 29, 2017 Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Kindergarten - 1st grade and/or 2nd - 3rd grade)
- July 2, 2017 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Kindergarten - 1st grade and/or 2nd - 3rd grade)
- July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Kindergarten - 1st grade and/or 2nd - 3rd grade)
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is offered for one week in the summer.
Save the Date: June 19 - 23, 2017 “Hero Central”
Do Good! Seek peace and pursue it! - Psalm 34:15
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, Reconcilliation, 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 Director, Allison Stricker for more information.
Required forms for all participants and volunteers:
- Photo and Video release for both adults and children
- Medical Authorization Form
Schedules & Calendars:
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