What: Children's Liturgy and Sunday School
When: Sundays during 10:30 AM Mass September - May
Who: 2nd - 5th Graders - Children's Liturgy
Children 3 years old - 1st Grade - Sunday School
Where: Children's Liturgy - Chapel
Bible Explorers Sunday School - Cry Room
|CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD|
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a religious formation program developed to nurture the child's relationship with God using the Montessori Method. The "atrium" is a beautiful environment for children that contains various articles of liturgy (Mass, Baptism, Sacraments, Prayer) and scripture materials. Saint Patrick Parish offers a Level 1 atrium for children ages 3 - 5 years old on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 - 6:00pm and 6:15 - 7:45pm at Saint Patrick School.
Patrick Elementary Faith Formation uses Sadlier’s We Believe series as
its basic text. It is a comprehensive series that is faithful to the
teaching of the Catholic Church and holistically embraces the four
pillars of the catechism:
content of each lesson is presented in the spirit of the General
Directory for Catechesis and formatted to contain three components that
echo the way in which Jesus taught:
- We Gather – engages children in prayer, and invites them to share their life experiences.
- We Believe –
presents the truths of the Catholic faith found in scripture and
Tradition in age appropriate culturally inclusive and easy to grasp
- We Respond –
invites children to respond to God’s call and grace, to put their faith
into action through prayers, activities, and reflection.
Additional sacramental texts are used by students and their families preparing to celebrate Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are usually celebrated in
the second grade. The preparation for these sacraments begins in the
fall of the student's second grade year with the Sacrament of
Reconciliation. The sacrament of Reconciliation is usually celebrated
during the period of ordinary time after the Christmas Season. First
Eucharist preparation follows Reconciliation. First Eucharist is
celebrated during the Easter season - usually the first part of May.
preparation for First Reconciliation and Eucharist is done in a home
setting by the parents or guardians of the young person. Family
meetings are held at the church in advance of the celebration of each
sacrament to assist the family in their role of sacramental
FOR NEW STUDENTS
Any student who is in 2nd Grade or older and is just entering Religious Formation Process for the first time will be enrolled in an age appropriate Faith Basics Class that seeks to develop the fundamentals of the Catholic faith during their first year of formation. During their second year of formation they will attend classes with their peers and prepare for their sacramental experiences that will be celebrated at selected times during the late winter or spring of their second year.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
(Latin for "Totally Yours") is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of TOTUS TUUS is to help young people grow in the understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ. "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 4:16).