2016-2017 RELIGIOUS FORMATION POLICY BOOKLET
If your child(ren) will be attending Religious Formation, please take a moment to review OLGC's policies and procedures.
Pope Francis, in The Joy of the Gospel, invites all Christians to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. This is our hope, prayer, and goal.
Saint Pope John Paul II referred to the family as the “domestic church.” In other words, your home is the heartbeat of faith where God’s love is lived out daily. As parents, you are the first and primary catechists of your children in the faith. What does it mean to be the primary catechist? Every moment in your home (the domestic Church) can be a teaching moment. Our mission is to support you as a valuable resource in this effort.
Looking through the lens of encountering Christ, every program we offer invites the Holy Spirit and breathes with an openness to adapt to the needs of your family while holding firmly to the teachings of our Catholic faith. It is our privilege to journey in the faith with every family.
This program is available for families with children over the age of seven who are either seeking initiation into the Church or who have not received one or more of the following sacraments: Baptism, First Eucharist, and/or Confirmation. We strongly encourage at least one parent to attend every class so the journey toward sacramental reception is one of shared learning and experiences. Children in Grades 2-8 are in a “one room school house” classroom setting. Formation classes may also meet at church to enrich the lessons.
Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2016 – offered during 10 a.m. and Noon Masses only.
This program is a hands-on and Montessori-based approach to faith formation, seeking to: deepen the child’s existing relationship with God, encourage formation of a personal prayer life, enable a fuller participation in liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, and develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity and tradition.
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Offered October through Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. Mass only. No registration required.
Designed for first and second grade children, CLW is led by a catechist during a dismissal from Mass immediately following the Opening Greeting. Children participate in age-appropriate lessons based on the Sunday readings. CLW deepens understanding of the Word of God. Children return to their parents at the Offertory.
Second grade children prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Children in fifth grade prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
After School Program meets Tuesday evenings 6-7:30 p.m. or Wednesday afternoons 5-6:30 p.m. Phone to contact during these hours: 734-455-0242.
Children in grades K -5 meet in classrooms guided by a catechist for lessons. Curriculum is derived from two main sources — Ignatius Press “Faith and Life,” Disciples of Christ “Education in Virtue.” Covering Creed/Scripture, Sacraments, Christian Living and Prayer, lessons are developed to offer opportunities to ask questions, share faith, learn Catholic doctrine and know of the joy of being a disciple of Jesus. Offerings include: classroom settings, grade level assemblies, Bible presentations, music catechesis, parent nights, Masses, Adoration and encounter-focused sessions.
Our Lady of Good Counsel offers Home School programming to those who are unable to attend our weekly religious formation classes, have a desire to teach their children at home, or have special circumstances. Our desire is to be a landing place for your family to find resources, encouragement, formation, and support. The goal is to assist parents as primary educators of their children at home. To that end, we offer Home Visits to provide connection, catechesis, and care. Whether you have questions with curriculum, need some ideas, or simply want to meet face-to-face, we’ll be there for you in a more personal way. In essence, we are listening to the call of Pope Francis to “Avanti” or “Go forth.” We look forward to meeting you where you are at and bearing witness to the Gospel of Christ.