As has been announced in various venues, the Religious Education programs for Kindergarten to Senior year will be undergoing some major alterations this year. St Mary’s has adopted a new program called Family Formation for K-6 (www.familyformation.net). Family Formation is a family-based catechetical program with an adult formation component. It is currently being used in several of our neighboring parishes with great success. For the 7th graders to Seniors, the parish will be utilizing a wide range of online resources, especially the new parish-wide resource FORMED.org (free with parish code: BQGGCK). Parish parents of school-aged children K-Senior are asked to enroll their children in the Religious Education (RE) program following Masses on the weekends of August 13-14 or August 20-21 in the parish conference Room. The first class for K-6 and their parents will be on Sunday, October 04 from 8:40a to 9:50a. School-aged teens from 7th -Senior begin their online formation immediately with first sessions due by Sunday, September 04.
After prayer, deliberation, and consultation, I am implementing these changes for a number of reasons. First, traditional classroom style RE classes are becoming ineffective and unnecessary given current declining numbers. It seems silly to ask a catechist to teach their child plus one other child (as was the case in K and 1st last year). The new programing provides more flexibility for the modern overscheduled family, who struggle to make it to a class at a certain place at a certain time. These are the practical reasons, but there are also more theological reasons. When parents bring a child to be Baptized, they make a promise before God and the Church to accept the “responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith” (Baptismal Rite, 77). And yet, many parents are abdicating that duty to other parishioner catechists. Faith and our Christian Tradition is really more ‘caught’ than ‘taught.’ If RE is just something done 20-28 Sundays a year, it will not be caught. The new programs move religious formation back into the home where it can be lived 24/7. Lastly, I’ve seen a need to catechize or re-catechize parents as much as their children. These new programs will provide more resources and engagement for adults with their children to encounter the living God – Father, Son, and Spirit, as He has revealed Himself in and through the Church. I pray every parishioner will embrace this new opportunity to learn, to serve, to love our God.
St Mary, pray for us. ~ Fr. Gries
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