Alive in Christ Faith Formation Philosophy
Our commitment is to assist parents in developing within their children a strong Catholic faith. Parents are the most important part of any program and their involvement is the key factor in all that we do in Religious Education. In order to reinforce basic Christian values, each family is encouraged to discuss class materials every week. Regular participation in this program provides a positive learning experience, active participation in our Parish Community and guidance toward becoming a witness to Christ. Each session is designed to develop a child’s love and respect for God and help him/her to form a warm and loving personal relationship with Jesus, as well as a comfortable feeling about the church community. It is also necessary to give the child a firm factual basis in our Catholic Religion. We therefore provide a structured Program in the areas of Prayer, Sacraments, Commandments and Creed. At each grade level, the student is responsible for learning specific material as part of his/her continuing course of study. http://www.aliveinchrist.osv.com
Religious Education Classes
Alive in Christ sessions are held on Monday afternoons/evenings. Grades 1, 2 & 3 meet from 4:45 – 5:45, grades 4, 5 & 6 meet from 6:00 – 7:00 and grades 7 & 8 meet from 7:15 – 8:15. All classes are held on the church property either in the church building or in the rectory meeting space.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist takes place in 2nd Grade. Children will not be enrolled in the program without previous 1st Grade Faith Formation education. Children are required to attend weekly Mass during sacramental years.
Confirmation preparation begins in the 9th grade. Young people who have completed the 8th Grade are invited to participate. Confirmation is celebrated in the Fall of the child’s 10th grade year. Students are required to attend 8 sessions which are held once a month (September through April) on Sunday evenings beginning with attendance at the 5:00pm Mass, followed by dinner and class. Each session is over at 7:15pm. A major component of the Confirmation Program is a service project.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Adults interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith are invited to join us in walking the Journey of Faith. Adults who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation are invited to complete their commitment to the Catholic faith. Please call the rectory office (203) 265-1694 for more information.