We have good news! We have opened our treasure chest here at Nativity and will bring brand new faith jewels to our parish. Our religious curriculum for Faith Formation, Grades 1-3, is entitled, “Finding God; Our Response to God’s Gifts”. What a wonderful title. Because that is our mission, no matter what age we are. God always calls us first. God always makes the first move. We listen and are called to respond to God’s call. We are all about finding God- all of the time.
This new series, designed by parents, for parents, fully engages our children on the jewels of the Catholic Church. We have been looking at this series for a long time and are so pleased that we can offer our children the very best of what is out there. Our team of catechists are supported every step of the way as they lead the children through active learning on the full teachings of the Catholic Church. Beautiful art, drama and song bring Bible stories to life for children. Also included in each lesson are practical suggestions on how to bring faith home to everyday family life.
Parents, (and I mean both mothers and fathers), now is the time to say YES. Will YOU help open our treasure chest and share the jewels of our faith with our children? Don’t wait until it’s too late and our children have grown up and gone on their own way. Our children need you now.
- Find a friend and come back to teach together
- Pick the class level you wish to team teach
- Junior or Senior High youth make awesome team teachers
- Husband and wives together make a great team
- Grandparents have a special impact on small children
- Give back to your parish and grow as an adult Catholic
- Live out your baptismal call to serve God and others!
Call Kathy today at 232-2414 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The new Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts is a faith formation program that fosters a lifelong relationship with God by engaging children (Grades 1-3) in the full and authentic teachings of the Catholic Church.
With Finding God, children’s faith comes alive through:
- Dramatized Scripture stories that bring Bible stories to life
- Exploring Faith Through Art, which engages children with their senses
- Opportunities for prayer that are repeated, relevant, and that encourage children into a lifelong habit of praying
- Online games and activities that help children reinforce and review concepts of faith their way.
Now is the time to register your children for Faith Formation sessions and sacrament preparation sessions. Contact the parish office at 232-2414 or stop by and register. Registration forms are also available online at www.nativitycatholicchurch.net Look under Faith Formation Registration.
Children and youth of the parish meet on Wednesday evenings from September through April. Elementary and junior high sessions are from 6:30-7:30 pm. Senior High sessions are from 7:45 -9:00 pm.
At Nativity we intentionally use the name “Faith Formation” because we believe faith is a lived thing and that it is formed by our experiences. Faith is not so much a packet of information to be passively received, as it is the invitation to live and grow as God’s sons and daughters. As parents you are the first and primary teachers of your children. The life that you share in your home and the hunger to be part of our faith community at liturgy on Sundays are the sparks that fan the flame of their children’s faith. It has been rightly said that “faith is not so much taught as it is caught!”
We first must believe that the role of the household, the domestic church, is on par with our efforts. The households in which our children live already are the force that most forms them. This is true of their religion as well as of other aspects of their life values, dreams, and life styles. We know our schools cannot fully shape young people and we also know an hour a week in our religion classes simply can’t compete with the rest of life.
What’s happening in most of the household of our parish actually can contribute tremendously to the formation of the children who live there. A “natural” teaching of faith occurs in your home every day. All you have to do is name it!
When parents and children express their love and affection for each other with notes, hugs, and other signs of kindness, faith is being formed. When family members care for each other when sick, notice when someone is lonely, affirm each other for jobs well done and pay attention to the poor of the world, faith is being formed. When recycling and caring for the environment, faith is being formed. When deciding as a family on what contribution to give to the parish or the poor, faith is being formed. When coming together to participate in Sunday liturgies or visiting a sick relative, faith is being formed.
So welcome…..we are honored to be a partner with you in the building of the kingdom.