Responding to Young Families
Young families have joined our parish because they know we remain steadfast in our commitment to the beauty, truth, and goodness of the teachings of our Catholic faith.
Our teachers focus on the basics. Our program includes preschool through 5th grade, and we meet with students on Sunday mornings at St. Elizabeth We want to emphasize the importance of attending weekly Mass as a family. In order to build a foundation, our youth today should know about prayer: how to pray and what to pray.
As St. Thomas said, “My Lord and My God,” we aspire for all children to know Christ in the same way.
Learning the faith is more congruent throughout the years when a good foundation has been set. We emphasize the teaching of the Sign of the Cross, followed by prayers such as the Hail Mary, Our Father, Act of Contrition, and Apostles Creed. Our classes also learn to love our Blessed Mother through the Rosary.
In addition, our classes use the Faith and Life curriculum from Ignatius Press. Through this program, we help students understand the treasures of our faith: the Holy Trinity, the Sacraments, the Bible. We study Scripture to help students form a desire to read the Bible. It is important that our students know about Jesus being truly present in the Eucharist and how to receive Him when they are old enough.
The students are taught to love God through genuflecting for Jesus in the Tabernacle, being quiet and respectful in the church building, and making the Sign of the Cross.
Sometimes, the priest’s actions or the sacred items he uses are confusing to young children. What’s happening at the altar? What is incense, and why is it needed? What are the chalice and ciborium? We see the beauty of Mass every Sunday, but in religious education, our children have the opportunity to learn more about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the Source and Summit of our faith.
Join us this year for learning, prayer, and fun! Classes begin October 6th, 2019. Registration closes October 13th. Please contact Louisa Fredriksson at the parish office with any questions.