Lifelong Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Fr. Walter, our pastor, wrote in the parish bulletin on Sunday, Sept 9, 2012

I haven’t talked about Lifelong Faith Formation since the beginning of Lent and that was a long time ago. As a church we need to remember that we are on a journey of faith, which is a lifelong and ongoing process; one that does not end with Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation.

To experience the fullness of Catholic faith we all need to be engaged in:
                serving others;
                celebrating the Eucharist;
                learning about Catholic faith;
                sharing time, talent, and treasure.

What is the basic understanding of Religious Education?
                It is Catholic faith learning
                It embraces sacramental preparation
                It is limited to classroom instruction

Why do we embrace Faith Formation?
                It goes beyond religious education
                It involves the celebration of the Eucharist
                It calls us to serve the parish community and others
                It asks us to share our time, talent, and treasure

 Why do we look at the bigger picture of Lifelong Faith Formation?
                It is comprehensive (embraces all the aspects of Catholic faith)
                It is holistic (approaches the whole person: human, intellectual, and spiritual development)
                It is cross-generational (reaches out to every age and stage of life)

In the National Directory for Catechesis we read that from infancy to maturity, “Catechesis is a permanent school of the faith and follows the major stages of life.” In the Sacrament of Baptism we have become the Children of God. The Lord calls us to continue the journey of faith throughout our entire life. Our Life in Christ does not end with Baptism, Holy Communion, or Confirmation.

As we begin a new school year, our Lifelong Faith Formation consists of the following: Elementary Faith Formation, Junior High Faith Formation, High School Faith Formation, Young Adult Faith Formation, Adult Faith Formation. In addition, we are looking into Sacramental Faith Formation.

Let us all remember the words of our parish patron, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and octor of the Church: “Let the serenity of your spirit shine through your face. Let the joy of your mind burst forth.”