Welcome to the St. Mary by the Lake
2020-2021 Faith Formation Program
"Let the little children come to me." In Christ's own words we are beckoned to draw closer to Him. It is in this spirit that the St. Mary by the Lake Faith Formation Program strives to find each “little one” where he/she is and encourage them to take steps closer to God.
ST MARY BY THE LAKE FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
- We promote knowledge of our faith
- We catechize Church teachings
- We catechize facts about Jesus, Scripture, and Liturgy
- We promote Christian moral formation
- We encourage discipleship
- We stimulate Christian attitudes and behaviors
- We promote prayer and worship
- We emphasize the importance of the Mass and the Sacraments
- We invite students to have a deeper relationship with Jesus
Role of the Parents
Parents are the primary educators in the faith. Together with them… all members of the family play an active part in the education of the younger members…The family is defined as the “domestic Church”… General Directory for Catechesis, #255
We believe that formation in Catholic Christianity employs a partnership between parents and the parish. While the parish can provide formal formation in faith, we encourage, and provide support for, parents to take an active role in their children’s ongoing faith development. Our Catholic tradition sees weekly participation in the Mass to be an essential practice for this to take place.
Role of the Catechist
Catechists in our Faith Formation Program are Catholic persons of faith who volunteer their time and talent to share that gift of faith with the youth of the parish. Catechists strive to build up a community spirit among the youth which will strengthen and nourish them, and which will call them to discover, internalize, proclaim, and live the Gospel message, and to grow in faith.
This year, in light of the CoVid-19 pandemic and in respect of families who are not quite ready to participate in face-to-face faith formation programming, St. Mary by the Lake will be offering in-person and online programming in tandem. Please see our Faith Formation catalog below for details. When registering online, please indicate which program option you are registering for.
2018-19 FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION MATERIALS: