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Elementary Faith Formation:

Welcome to Elementary Faith Formation. Nurturing the spiritual life of a child requires a partnership between their parents and parish. Recognizing this importance, Our Lady of Consolation now offers more options to our faith formation families. Traditional Catechesis (ELFF) is for children enrolled in grades 1-5. 2nd graders will be enrolled in sacrament preparation unless otherwise noted.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is another option for children. Level 1 is for ages 3-6, level 2 is ages 7-9. CGS uses a Montessori approach to catechesis. Our Level One atrium allows children to encounter Jesus through Scripture, liturgy, and the sacraments. The session capacity is 15 children. Click Introduction to CGS to learn more. 

Elementary Sessions Available for 2022-2023:

Mondays:

4:45-6:00pm

CGS Level 1

6:15-7:30pm

CGS Level 1

Tuesdays:

4:45-6:00pm

CGS Level 1

ELFF 1st-5th

6:15-7:30pm

CGS Level 2

ELFF 1st-5th

Wednesdays:

4:45-6:00pm

CGS Level 1

ELFF 1st-5th

6:15-7:30pm

CGS Level 2

ELFF 1st-5th

Home Activities

Catechists may send home a weekly faith formation activity. Parents are encouraged to participate in all their children’s faith formation activities. Families are encouraged to attend and participate in the weekly Sunday Liturgy. Being a witness of their faith at home and in the parish. The same commitment is emphasized by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was reintroduced to our OLC School and Faith Formation Families in September of 2021. ELFF now offers Level I (3-6 yrs) sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We also added a Level II (6-9 yrs) session on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:30 pm. All CGS sessions are held in the Guadalupe Room. Here are a few characteristics of CGS:

  • CGS uses a Montessori, hands-on approach to catechesis. Children encounter Jesus through Scripture, liturgy, prayer, and the sacraments. 
  • The Atrium is a prayerful space that allows children to experience silence, peace, concentration, and meditation. CGS recognizes the child’s relationship with God already exists. 
  • Practical Life, Art Works, and Care of the Atrium are methods used to assist the child in slowing down; to embrace a gentle rhythm of serenity.
  • Atrium materials highlight the liturgical seasons of our church: Ordinary Time (green), Advent/Lent (purple), Christmas/Easter (white), and Pentecost (red). 

If you would like to volunteer or help make Atrium materials, please contact Donna Phillips at dphillips@olcparish.net.

Textbooks:

Students are issued one copy of the class materials at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to bring their class materials to and from class and complete the Home Activities assigned to them. Parents are responsible for the textbook and all required materials for their children. If your child loses their class materials or Bible, it is the parent’s responsibility to purchase a replacement set.