Welcome to Good Shepherd Parish Faith Formation
Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimension of the Kingdom of God. He entrusted to them ‘the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven’ (Mt. 13:11); he taught them how to pray (Lk. 11:2); he opened his ‘meek and humble heart’ to them (Mt. 11:29); and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. (Lk. 10:1)
Faith must be known, celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer.
The fundamental task of catechesis is to achieve the same objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed his disciples; he prayed with them; he showed them how to live; and he gave them his mission. So catechesis comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ. All efforts in evangelization and catechesis should incorporate these tasks. – National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) 59-62.
†Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith †Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments †Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ †Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ †Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community †Catechesis Prepares Us to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church†
Our Faith Formation programs and activities seek to provide opportunities for all members of your family to deepen and share their faith within the parish community. Religious formation is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s not simply learning “about” God but a time to introduce God and to experience God’s love through prayer, the Bible and liturgy, and community. Our programs are as varied as the age groups we serve:
For children and students beginning each year in late September:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for children who are 3 years old (by Sept. 1st & potty trained) through sixth grade, which includes Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion celebrated in second grade or later; we offer a four-year Confirmation Program that combines ongoing faith formation with activities and service projects beginning in the 7th and 8th grade through our EDGE program,
For young adults/adults: We offer the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA); several DVD series are available through the parish office for personal home study; and throughout the year we offer retreats, guest speakers, parish missions, prayer groups and instruction on Liturgy of the Hours.
More information can be found under our current parish bulletin link or the individual faith formation pages.
Faith Formation Mission Statement
Good Shepherd Parish seeks to cultivate a holistic vision of life long faith formation thereby fulfilling our Baptismal call.
We recognize that faith formation encompasses an array of activities to put our faith in action. These activities would include but are not limited to: experiential learning, opportunities for prayer and reflection, and ministries within the parish as well as the community at large.