We are proud to offer religious education through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program for our 1st grade students. This interactive program is based off of the Montessori method of childhood education and is firmly committed to the beliefs of the Catholic Church. The children not only learn the basics of the faith but experience an authentic encounter with Jesus that remains with them as they grow in age. Due to limited space, we may not be able to offer this particular program to every single 1st grade student. For those 1st graders who are unable to participate in CGS, as well as for those who would prefer not to participate, the Family Faith Formation (FFF) model used by the 3rd-5th graders will be offered.
To those students who participated in CGS in 1st grade, level 2 of CGS will be offered. For those who did not participate in CGS in 1st grade, or for those who would rather not continue with CGS formation, the Family Faith Formation (FFF) model used by the 3rd-5th graders will be offered.
Typically, children receive their First Communion during their 2nd grade year. First Communion prep is separate from and in addition to 2nd grade religious education.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children;” and “through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children.” We are excited to implement this vision through our family catechesis program that empowers our parents to establish a Domestic Church, the Church at home.
What does it look like?
Once a month, 3rd-5th-grade students and parents will attend class on campus. They will receive a unit from their book to take home and complete with their family. They will return the completed unit test at the next month’s Family Faith Formation date. They will also have time in class to complete projects related to the unit/season. The last part of the class will be spent in small faith sharing groups called “Grow Groups.” This is an opportunity for them to discuss their faith with peers, giving them the experience to express their relationship with God later in life.
While the students are in their class, parents will have the great privilege of listening to and talking with a dynamic speaker. Topics will focus on issues that parents with children face, as well as how to grow in their own personal faith.
Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 5
All FFF sessions will be from 3:30-4:45pm in the SCS gym.
Director of Faith Formation K-5th
337-837-1864, ext. 280