Family Faith Formation

Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 10:14

**Registration for the 2020-2021 year is now open. Please carefully read the details below as information has changed due to the coronavirus outbreak.**

The Goal

We believe that faith formation begins in the home and that parents are the primary source of faith education for their children. To that end, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is here to offer resources and guidance for sacramental preparation, but encourages parents to dedicate time at home to grow in faith with their children and prepare them to receive the sacraments.

In 2015, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila called for the implementation of a restored order of the sacraments of initiation in the Archdiocese of Denver. The restored order means children will receive first Reconciliation in the second grade, and Confirmation and First Eucharist in the third grade. It points to the Eucharist as the height of Christian initiation, and provides children with a deepening of the graces received in baptism at a much earlier point in their lives.

As such, our faith formation program focuses on preparing students in third or fourth grade for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. If you have an older student (fifth grade and older) who still needs to receive Confirmation, please contact us directly. If you have a student who has not yet reached third grade, we have resources available for you to begin faith formation at home until they are of the appropriate age to join our parish program. At this time, we do not have classes available for students outside the above outlined categories.

New to 2020:  We have decided that religious education will be conducted remotely this year. Though we know this isn’t ideal, given the ever-fluctuating landscape of the coronavirus outbreak, we think this will be the most consistent way to proceed this year. We will be providing curriculum materials to parents, scheduling a couple parent seminars in each semester (Fall and Spring) with guest speakers, and having monthly “office hours” wherein our 3rd grade teacher will be available via Zoom or Google Hangouts to answer any questions students and parents might have, and provide guidance/feedback as needed. We don’t yet have a schedule for when students would receive their sacraments, but will be coordinating those details for the 2021 Spring/Easter season. 

Topics that will be covered in the provided curriculum:

  1. How we know God exists

  2. Who is Jesus?

  3. The Holy Spirit

  4. Catholicism — the church of Jesus Christ

  5. The Sacraments of Initiation

  6. Prayer

  7. Mary and the Communion of Saints

  8. The Moral Life

What if only one parent is able to attend?

While we encourage both parents attend, it is fine if only one parent is able to come.

If my other children have already received sacraments, are they able to attend?

Yes! If your child is in 3rd through 8th grade, they are welcome to attend with their participating sibling(s). Attendance is encouraged, but not enforced unless your child is planning to receive a sacrament(s). We plan to offer childcare for children 18 months and older. Please R.S.V.P. for childcare services by August 28, 2019.

Am I able to miss a class?

If your child is planning to receive the sacrament of Confession, Confirmation, or Holy Communion in spring 2020, either a parent or child is able to miss up to one class. If either a parent or child misses more than one class, the person(s) who misses the class is required to schedule a meeting with Anya Petty to cover what is missed.

Who do I contact if I/my child is unable to attend a particular night of class?

If it is the first class you/your child is missing, there is no need to contact anyone. If it is a second or third class missed, please contact: Anya Petty at anya@lourdesdenver.org. Anya will respond with next steps in planning a time to meet to review materials missed.

Why are parents required to attend?

Because growth in faith is a family affair, and we aim to see our parents’ experience and renewal at the same time as their children!

Do I need to bring anything?

No need to bring anything! Materials will be provided for every class.

New to 2020:  We have decided that religious education will be conducted remotely this year. Though we know this isn’t ideal, given the ever-fluctuating landscape of the coronavirus outbreak, we think this will be the most consistent way to proceed this year. We will be providing curriculum materials to parents, scheduling a couple parent seminars in each semester (Fall and Spring) with guest speakers, and having monthly “office hours” wherein our 3rd grade teacher will be available via Zoom or Google Hangouts to answer any questions students and parents might have, and provide guidance/feedback as needed. We don’t yet have a schedule for when students would receive their sacraments, but will be coordinating those details for the 2021 Spring/Easter season. 

Questions?

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Anya Semenoff-Petty

Ministry & Stewardship Coordinator

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