Faith Formation for Children Pre K – 8
Faith formation classes and the reception of first sacraments.
Is faith formation really that important? In a one-word answer, yes. Forming our children in the Catholic faith is essential to the foundation of their lives. As parents, we have cooperated with God to bring life into the world. However, our responsibility does not stop there. Since God creates children in his own image and likeness and them entrusts them to their parents, God gives to the parents, particularly to their fathers, the awesome responsibility of raising them to become the image of his own Son, Jesus. This is a responsibility that cannot be delegated away – to grandparents, the parish, or others. And it is the first responsibility of parents, more important than any other education, training, or formation, more important than sports, trade or vocational training, the arts, even school itself.
The Catholic Church is very clear about the responsibility of parents.
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2223).
Faith formation program at Notre Dame Parish.
The faith formation program at Notre Dame supplements and reinforces the formation already being done in the home.
Our classes meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Our classes are taught by our grade school teachers and volunteer catechists, whose ministry it is to help parents and guardians form their children in the faith. They work hard to ensure that the children of Notre Dame are receiving the very best formation possible. Each of our volunteers has been through the Archdiocese of Denver’s Safe Environment training program. Parents and guardians are asked to attend classes with their children.
Registration is open to parishioners of Notre Dame, that is, persons who live within the boundaries of the parish which the Archbishop of Denver established, as well as those persons who verifiably associate themselves with Notre Dame Parish by attending Mass weekly at Notre Dame, living the parish’s spirituality of stewardship, and participating actively in the life of the parish through the stewardship of their time, talent, and treasure.
Faith Formation Programs for the First Sacraments.
The faith formation program also includes formation for those in the 3rd grade and up, to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Parents and children together study the sacrament and so prepare the children at home to receive them. When a child is ready to receive the sacrament, one of the parish priests, deacons, or the director of faith formation will interview the child. For more information on this program, please check the Sacramental Preparation.