Faith Formation

Elementary Faith Formation (K-5)

Elementary Faith Formation:

Our program is offered on Wednesdays. Two sessions are offered from either 4:45-6 p.m. or 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Kindergarten Faith Formation:

Faith Formation for Kindergarten students is offered on Wednesday at both sessions. The Blest Are We Kindergarten curriculum from Benziger is used. The year will focus on learning about all aspects of God’s Love. The weekly activities touch the children’s hearts with the message of Scripture and lay a firm foundation for young learners.

First-Fifth Grade Faith Formation:

This year, we are introducing a brand new curriculum recently released from St. Mary’s Press. To ensure that the beliefs of the Roman Catholic faith are introduced and reinforced for the young people of Our Lady as they grow, develop, and mature, the Discover: Finding Faith in Life curriculum has been chosen for grades 1-5. Second grade will continue using the Go Seek and Find curriculum.

The Discover curriculum uses the Bible as its core text, promoting biblical literacy and knowledge of key stories and events throughout the Old & New Testaments. The curriculum ties Scripture together with the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an all new, engaging format for children. This curriculum is also designed to extend beyond regular Faith Formation classes and into daily family life.

Each week the students work with one lesson from the textbook. Additional activity pages, crafts, or other special projects often accompany the book work. Once a month the students will take part in a Faith in Action event.

1st-5th grade students will receive a backpack with their Bible and class materials that will be brought back and forth between home and Faith Formation.

Textbooks:

Students are issued one copy of the class materials at the beginning of the year. Students are expected to bring their class materials to and from class and complete the Home Activities assigned to them. Parents are asked to see to it that students are taking responsibility for bringing the textbook or other required materials to class.

If your child loses their class materials or Bible, it is the parent’s responsibility to purchase a replacement set.

Home Activities

Catechists may send home a weekly home activity or the program coordinator may assign a chapter to be completed at home. Parents are urged to get involved with their children in these activities. Par- ents are encouraged to make a firm commitment to participation in the Sunday Liturgy as a family so that children may witness faith alive and active in their own home and parish. The same commitment is emphasized in regard to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on an ongoing basis.

Middle School Youth Ministry (6-7)

Middle school students’ grades 6-7 are invited to join us on Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30pm in the Holy Family Center.

Our 6th and 7th grade Middle School Faith Formation program is designed to bring the youth into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ through a small group format. Using the Life Teen curriculum, each week we will explore different aspects of our Roman Catholic Faith. Our weekly focus will cover a wide range of topics including the Mass, the Blessed Mother, the Saints, vocations, current events, and social issues today’s youth may face. Each night of Middle School Faith Formation will include prayer, either a game, ice breaker, or fun activity to get the youth acquainted with the topic, a talk, small group discussion, and time to grow together in fellowship.

If your middle school youth is in the 8th Grade and is planning on receiving Confirmation, please see the “Confirmation” section in the Sacramental portion of this handbook.

Middle School Retreats:

NET Retreat (December 7th, 2019): NET Ministries is an arm of the Arch Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where young Catholic adults travel around the United States to host retreats for the benefit of Catholic Youth. This year the NET team will host their “Anchored in Hope” Retreat.

There is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does not share with us

When storms rage, boats will rock. When you suffer, what or who is your anchor? This theme explores the power of being anchored in the hope of the resurrection in the midst of suffering.”

Shine Youth Rally (March 2020): Join us and other Churches from around the Diocese of Grand Rapids as we engage in a day of God and fun. Rally provides a space for middle school youth to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ through providing engaging keynote speakers, praise and worship, a youth mass, and exciting activities!

Other Middle School Events:

Various social events and service project opportunities will be offered throughout the year. Please watch the bulletin and parish website for these events.