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.
In our Faith Formation program, we focus on the basics. Our program is from preschool through 5th grade, and we meet with students on Sunday mornings either at St. Elizabeth and St. James so that they can attend Mass on the same day. We believe that in order to build a foundation, our youth today should know their prayers: 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.
When the foundation of prayer is established, it makes learning the faith more congruent as we progress through the years. 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.
In addition, we follow a curriculum using Christ Our Life. We help students understand the treasures of our faith: the Holy Trinity, the Sacraments, including an emphasis on baptism in the early years, followed by the Holy Eucharist and its supreme importance to our faith. We study scripture and help students form a desire to open the bible.
We also cherish devotions such as the rosary and pray with our students so they develop a true devotion to our Blessed Mother. We bring them into the church regularly and show them how to genuflect, discuss the saints portrayed in the statues and discuss the many beautiful elements within in the church setting.
We provide up-close and personal teaching on the sacred vessels used during Mass. We delve into the very actions of the priest. What’s happening at the altar? What is incense and why is it needed? What is the chalice and ciborium? We see the beauty of Mass every Sunday at Mass, and our children have the opportunity to learn more about the source and summit of our faith, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.