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Children's Faith Formation

NOTICE:

THE FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
HAS BEEN REVISED TO REFLECT THE NEW REALITIES 
WITHIN OUR FAITH COMMUNITY

 

PREPARATION CLASSES FOR RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION


Please discuss this proposal with your students and your fellow parishioners and share your thoughts with members of the Pastoral Council and/or Parish Staff.  Also, join us in our prayers to the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom as we enter into this new way of passing on our faith to our children.

BACKGROUND

The Catechetical Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle mention three separate time periods within which education and preparation for the child’s First Communion take place:

Remote preparation includes the years between the child’s baptism and the time of reception of the Eucharist for the first time. This period supports parents in their “role as primary educators of their children,” a role which they accepted at the child’s baptism when the priest told them “you must make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith.”  This remote preparation includes regular participation in the weekly celebration of Mass in the parish and family prayers at home (especially prayers before meals and bedtime).

Proximate preparation includes the formal catechesis which is presented in the Faith Formation program of the parish and “begins in the First Grade or the year prior to the celebration of First Communion.” Additionally, in the Archdiocese of Seattle, children are to be prepared for First Reconciliation, and are to be offered the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist.  Preparation for First Reconciliation normally takes place during the first months of the Second Grade Sacramental Prep Program.

Immediate preparation for First Communion follows the preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and “should include at least four to six sessions of catechetical formation directed toward the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM

In 2018-19, rather than offering classes for each grade level, the families of OLGC were invited to take part in a monthly Family Gathering for Faith Formation which was intended to fulfill the requirements for the Proximate Preparation mentioned in the Catechetical Guidelines.  However, poor attendance and participation forced the cancelation of these gatherings after the third month.  As a result, none of our students have fulfilled the requirements of Proximate Preparation and none will be eligible to receive First Communion in the Spring of 2020.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM

During the 2019-2020 academic year, OLGC will focus on assisting children in Grades One to Three with their “Proximate Preparation” which will qualify them for enrollment in our First Communion Class in the Fall of 2020. They will be prepared to celebrate First Reconciliation in January 2021 and First Communion in May 2021. Children who do not participate in 2019-2020 classes either at OLGC or in another parish) will not be eligible to enroll in the 2020-2021 First Communion Class.

The Faith Formation Class will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15, beginning on September 18. The October 2 class will include a special session for parents. Parents are also reminded that any child wishing to receive First Eucharist is expected to attend the weekend Mass regularly with at least one Catholic parent or guardian. Additionally, parents are encouraged to participate in the 6:30 Wednesday evening Mass with their children following class.

To view SCHEDULE OF CLASSES click here

Volunteer with Faith Formation!

Volunteering to work with children is said to be one of the best ways to have an important role in fulfilling God’s plan for humanity. Children, after all, are nearest and dearest to the heart of Jesus! We need catechists and classroom aides, people who work directly with the children and people who work behind the scenes, volunteers with experience and those willing to learn. In short, we need you.
To find out more about how you can help, contact Tom at 253-875-6630 ext.126

Please also see the Safe Environment Program policy pertaining to volunteers.

 

Faith Formation Program
        K - Grade 5

To view the Class Calendar for  2019 - 2020 click here 

 

Baptism Prep Class

To learn more about Baptism Preparation  click here

 

First Communion

To learn more about the Preparation Program for First Communion click here.