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Children K - Confirmation

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St. Mary's Church offers Faith Formation classes for children Kindergarten through 10th grade.

"Parents are the first and foremost catechists of the children. They catechize informally but powerfully by example and instruction." (NCD, #212). The parish community further catechizes children in parish events and in mass. In addition the St. Joseph Religious Education program also fulfills this mission by providing assistance in catechizing our children in a formal setting.

Parental Roles:

The (NCD) National Catechetical Directory states that as parents, their roles as catechist’s include the following:

"They communicate values and attitudes by showing love for Christ and His Church and for each other, by reverently receiving the Eucharist and living in its spirit, and by fostering justice and love in all their relationships. Their active involvement in the parish, their readiness to seek opportunities to serve others, and their practice of frequent and spontaneous prayer, all make meaningful their professions of belief. Parents nurture faith in their children by showing them the richness and beauty of lived faith."

Our programs are designed to help you in this role.

Our Goals:

Religion is the expression of the lived relationship between people and God. Like any relationship, it is living and dynamics. Effective religious education is a lifelong process. It begins in the home, "the little church", and develops in the catechetical programs of the parish, and is supported within the loving community of believers.

Our goal is to teach the Gospel message of Jesus, and to show children how it can be applied in their daily lives. Helping the children to have a sincere and "personal" relationship with God is our priority! We will strive for an honest and sincere practice of faith, and we will attempt to accomplish this through prayer, service, and study.

It is our God-given responsibility to teach our children to love, to serve, and to be giving people. Our love, our values, and our faith are passed on, not only by what we say, but also by how we live.

Mary Ann Hebert
Faith Formation Coordinator

Phone: 532-2520
reled@stjoesgowanda.com

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means." -Albert Einstein