Faith Formation

Whether you are looking for information for the first time or have been long-time participants in our Faith Formation programs, we are glad you’ve found us! This webpage is an endeavor that we hope will make it easier for families to learn about our faith formation programs, sacramental preparation events and service opportunities.

Our goal as a parish is to foster each parishioner’s lifelong search to experience and understand Jesus Christ and the Church.   We continue to endeavour on how we can adapt our program more effectively to meet our parishioner’s needs and desires in fulfilling that goal.   If there is something you were hoping to find, and did not, please let us know so that we can add it.

As you well know, catechesis is a responsibility of the entire Christian community. This should not be the work of catechists and priests alone, but of the whole community of the faithful. The Christian community follows the development of catechetical processes, for children, young people and adults, as a duty that involves and binds it directly. (GDC 220) A fully Christian community can exist only when a systematic catechesis of all its members takes place and when an effective and well developed catechesis of adults is regarded as the central task of the catechetical enterprise.” (ACCC, no. 25).

The most effective catechetical program for adolescents are integrated into a comprehensive program of pastoral ministry for youth that includes catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship.   Such programs aim to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today; to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community; and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.” (National Directory for Catechesis, p. 201)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process whereby adults enter the Catholic Church. RCIA classes provide education on what the Catholic Church believes and an opportunity to ask question about those beliefs.

Religious Education
2015-2016

 Saint Anthony’s Sunday School program provides religious instruction to the children of the parish and prepares them for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. This is done primarily through weekly catechetical instruction which includes faith-enriching experiences, such as liturgies, faith instructions, prayer, sharing of moral awareness, and lived example of our catechists who endeavor to mould faith in a variety of settings. In this way, we supplement the efforts of parents and reinforce Christian values to fulfill the promises made at their children’s baptism to lead them closer to Christ by deepening their knowledge of Catholic faith and their experience of a loving God.

PARENTS:

This year Grades 2 and 7-8 students will meet on Sunday Morning for the 9:00-9:45 AM Religious Education Instruction followed by the 10:00 AM Mass.

Without the cooperation of parents, even the best Religious Education Instruction cannot succeed in teaching Religion.

This stems from the fact that Religion is not just a set of facts to be learned; rather, it is a way of life to be lived. What the children learn in Religion classes has to be experienced at home in order to become real. So parents, please cooperate.

This notice will give you all the information you need concerning our Religious Education Instruction. Please keep it handy, so that you can refer to it throughout the school year.

ATTENDANCE AT MASS AND CLASS

There are two major requirements for those who attend our CCD Program:

1 – Attendance at Mass at Saint Anthony’s Church every Sunday and Holy Days.
2 – Regular attendance at Catechism classes.

SUNDAY MASS

The proper thing for parents to do is not to send the children to Church, but rather to bring them to Church. The good example of the parents is worth far more than a million words.

Children who do not attend class regularly will be required to repeat their current grade.

REGISTRATION

Since our Religious Education Instruction is for the members of this parish, if you are not registered as a parishioner, please do so as soon as possible.

RECONCILIATION

Each child will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in Grade 2 and will have the opportunity to continue to receive the sacrament every year after that.

FIRST COMMUNION

First Communion will be received after a year of religious instruction, normally in the second grade. Hence, every child must begin his/her religious instruction in the second grade. Your child has to be accompanied to Mass every Sunday.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation will be received in Grade 7 and 8 provided that the child has regularly attended classes every year after the reception of First Communion and attends Mass every Saturday/Sunday. The sponsor must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic in good standing and over the age of 16.

COST

To defray a portion of the expenses, we are asking $50.00 per year for one child and $65.00 for two or more children from the same family, grades 2 and 8. This fee will include the textbook for each child. The textbook must always be brought to class.
Confirmation Candidates fee is $50.00

SCHEDULE

GRADES 2, 7, & 8 – All students will meet in Church for the 10:00 AM Mass, sitting in the pews designated for their respective class.

PARENTS:

Every Sunday there will be a Mass at 10:00 AM for the students in grades 2 and 7 & 8. You are asked to attend this Mass with your child. Plan to become involved in the religious education of your child, since it is primarily your responsibility.

There will be meetings throughout the year, which we will expect you to attend.

The school is here to assist you in your duties; but no matter how much time and effort the priests, deacon, coordinators and teachers are willing to give, the Christian formation of your child cannot be accomplished without your cooperation.

If we all work together, we will be able to form a real Christian community here at Saint Anthony’s. We would like to remind you that everyone who works in Saint Anthony’s Religious Education Program is a VOLUNTEER. We are grateful to them for their commitment to this ministry.