About Faith Formation
Our Mission: St. Joachim & Anne Faith Formation, grounded in the Gospel Message and Catholic Tradition, exists to provide holistic, educational opportunities to nurture and support family faith. It is consolidated program that includes St. Mark, St. Mary, and St. Mary of Marystown.
Our Vision: At St. Joachim & Anne Faith Formation, we beleive faith formation is an ongoing, lifelong process that forms, informs, and transforms us to become disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that we are brought into communion and intimacy with Christ through:
–Sharing of God’s Word
–Celebration of liturgy and sacraments in worship and prayer
–Belonging to and building the community
–Compassionate outreach in service to others
In the encyclical, On Catechesis in Our Time, John Paul II defines catechesis as “given to the whole of the efforts within the Church to make disciples, to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in God’s name, and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ” (par. 1).
Teach: To impart knowledge or skill
Educate: To develop the innate capacities of, especially by schooling or instruction, to provide knowledge or training in a particular area, to provide information, inform.
Religious Education: This term carries connotations of classroom instructions, particularly as provided in Catholic schools. According to educator/theologian Mary Boys, this term was popular in Vatican II. Her own definition of religious education is: Religious education is the making accessible of the tradition of the religious community and the making manifest of the intrinsic connections between tradition and transformation.
Faith Formation: Because “religious education” tends to bring to mind images of classrooms, lectures, and instruction, speaking of “faith formation” has become more popular in Catholic contexts. Faith formation includes instruction along with other types of opportunities for people to grow and mature in their faith. Faith formation is a relatively synonymous term with catechisis.
Catechisis: Catechesis can be seen as a focusing of Catholic education post-Vatican II and a reclaiming of the oral character of education. Here a focus question is, “What does it meant to be heralds of the Good News?” Catechesis is biblically grounded and has been understood as a ministry of the Word. Catechesis is also liturgically rooted in that the faithful learn through the doing of liturgy. Catechesis is the word used to describe this essential ministry of the Church through which the teachings of Christ have been passed on to believers throughout the ages” (USCCB, National Directory of Catechesis, 6). Catechesis socializes individuals into the life of the faith community so that they may grow in faith and serve the Church’s mission in the world.
Faith Formation Programs / Youth Ministry
St. Joachim and Anne Faith Formation Includes:
K-Grade 10 – Classes for all children and youth in Grades K-10 are offered on Wednesday evenings at two sessions. Families choose the session that works the best for their family. Session 1 – 5:00-6:00p.m or Session 2 – 6:30-7:30p.m. Our calendar runs from October 2 through the last Wednesday in April.
Sacramental Preparation for First Sacraments
Sacrament of Confirmation
Permission Slips and Downloads
YOUR FAITH FORMATION TEAM: