Faith Formation at St. Peter Cathedral
2015-16 FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS
It is the role of the faith formation department to assist parents in teaching their children the faith, to help prepare children and adults to receive the Sacraments, to assist those who are entering the Church or being fully initiated as Catholics through RCIA, and to provide faith formation opportunities for adults.
At a child’s baptism the priest says to the parents: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. . . Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” The parents respond: “I do.” The central, most important role of a parent is to raise their child in the faith, so the child may grow “to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” Parents accept this role in the promise they make at their child’s baptism. “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223), whether those children attend Catholic school, parish religious education, or are homeschooled.
St. Peter Cathedral makes a Covenant of Partnership between our catechists, parish leadership and the parents who register their children in our program. We will model the faith, communicate, and provide opportunities and information to assist families in faith formation and to build a friendly and caring parish community. We offer classroom instruction, materials for home use and service and retreat opportunities as appropriate.
If you have questions about any of our faith formation programs or for information about registrations, contact Jenny Lochner at 226-6548 x211 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFIRMATION & HIGH SCHOOL FAITH FORMATION
Confirmation Preparation is the High School Faith Formation program, as outlined in the Diocese Curriculum. Since formation in our faith is a lifelong process, all high school youth are encouraged to be a part of the high school program regardless of whether or not they have already received the Sacrament. "By the sacrament of Confirmation,” the students already Confirmed “are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (CCC #1285) Confirmed high school students provide a powerful, vital witness to those preparing for the Sacrament. A classroom mix of students preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with those who have been confirmed allows the students to experience both necessary components to their formation in faith: learning and witnessing.
St. Peter Cathedral utilizes Ascension Press’ Chosen program for high school faith formation, along with a mix of service learning and retreat opportunities and social outings. Youth learn about Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by serving both the Church and Marquette area needs such as the Care Clinic and St. Vincent de Paul. We have taken trips to the Shrine of our Lady of Good Help, Packers Hall of Fame and Bay Beach Amusement Park, enjoyed bowling trips, volleyball on the beach, a visit with the police and their dogs and much more. Retreat opportunities include Youth Encounter at Marygrove (LINK http://www.marygrove.org/retreats.html ), March for Life, diocese retreat P2K, and Steubenville North Youth Conferences, as well as parish retreats. High school formation is led by our parish priests and a team of young adults.
**Faith Formation Sessions for grades 1-12:
- begins on Catechetical Sunday, (Sept. 20, 2015) and runs through mid May.
- In response to your requests, all classes will begin at 11:45 am and end at 1:00 pm.
- A full calendar will be available soon. In order to have adequate supplies we ask that you register as soon as possible.
- Registration: Post card reminders will be mailed the first week of September to students registered with the parish. Please ensure your parish registration is complete; families will only receive information if the children, as well as the parents, are registered.
- Returning Faith Formation families: a pre-registration e-mail will be sent the first week of September. Please follow the instructions contained to streamline your registration process.
- For families new to our Faith Formation programs: Registration forms are available here.
- The 2015/2016 Faith Formation calendar is available here.
Please click here for information on our Sacrament Preparation programs. This includes preparation for First Eucharist / First Reconciliation and Confirmation.
Whole Family sessions are returning but modified in structure in response to your requests. These sessions are designed for the whole family to pray, learn, have fun and serve together. Whole family events will not include age designated breakout sessions. Spread the word that all whole family sessions are designed for all of our families and a wide variety of ages!
Winter semester Whole Family events are from 12-1 pm on Sunday, February 21st and Sunday, March 20th.
Our newest Whole Family event, “Mass Impact”, is held the second Tuesday of the month and begins at 6:30 pm with a potluck supper in the Parish Hall. Supper is followed by Eucharistic Adoration with praise in song, a witness talk and Benediction. Except for Mass Impact and other potluck events no prior registration is required for whole family events. Watch the bulletin for potluck sign ups.
Little Church is a faith program for our youngest parishioners, ages 4-6. A Little Church meets in the Bishop's Room during the Liturgy of the Word. A Little Church teacher presents the Sunday Gospel using a leaflet, music, and a “mini” project to help children understand the Gospel. The teacher is assisted by a parent whose family then may bring the gifts to the altar.
During the collection, the children are brought into the Church to rejoin their families for the rest of Mass. The teachers also join the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. (All volunteers are required to meet the diocese policies for Protecting God’s Children.)
Although there is no fee for Little Church, children must still register. Please contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.
The Little Church 2015/2016 calendar is avaiable here.
For those who are joining the Catholic Church (as adults or older children)
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic?
Do you want to know more about what Catholics believe and why?
RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.” It is the process by which adults (and older children) become Catholic. For more infomration click here or contact Katie Flaherty at the parish office, 226-6548 or KatieRCIA@gmail.com.
More Faith Formation Opportunities
Please see the Upcoming Events page and the bulletin for current faith formation opportunities. If you have questions about any of our faith formation programs or for information about enrollment, contact Jenny Lochner at 226-6548 or at email@example.com