Children's Class
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Kelli Kester

Children

Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to 5th Grade

The Children's Ministry program uses Catholic teachings and practices, creative methods, and Christ-centered content.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Pflaum Gospel Weeklies
  • Nursery Services
  • Baptism for children 7 and older
  • Preparing for First Communion
  • Preparing for First Reconciliation

2016-2017 Registration

There is an annual fee to cover the costs of the curriculum and catechist training. Parents may contribute volunteer hours if unable to pay the fee.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This approach is based on the conviction that God and the child are in spiritual relationship. It uses the Montessori or experiential learning model. Good Shepherd programs are held on Sunday mornings.

The child has a deep need to experience and a special capacity to enjoy the presence of God. When helped to do so, this experience becomes formative of the child’s whole person and generates great joy.

Adults play a key role in the implementation of the catechesis by helping the child fully live the encounter with God.

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

Your child will receive a faith formation handbook – What the Church Believes and Teaches — plus 32 weekly, Gospel-based lessons.

   Grades K–5 sessions are held on Sunday mornings

   Grades 1–5 sessions are held on Wednesday evenings.

What will my child learn?

  • The handbook helps your child understand the basics of the Catholic faith.
  • Weekly lessons inspire your child to seek out ways to practice faith in daily life.
  • Icons in the weekly guides help the teacher link weekly lessons to doctrines in the handbook.
  • The Gospel connection helps prepare your child to talk about Sunday Mass with your family.

We need your help.

Parent involvement is key to our program’s success.

  • Adult/parent volunteer catechists under the direction and supervision of the Learning staff work in teams with specific student groups. Without these dedicated volunteer catechists we would not have a children’s program.
  • Adult/parent volunteers provide assistance in the classroom, at special events, and for projects.
  • Contact the Learning Office to volunteer as a catechist, classroom assistant, or special events person.