The Church of Christ is truly present in all legitimate local congregations of the faithful which, united with their pastors, are themselves called churches in the New Testament. For in their locality these are the new People called by God, in the Holy Spirit and in much fullness (1 Thess 1:5). In them the faithful are gathered together by the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and the mystery of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, that by the food and blood of the Lord’s body the whole brotherhood may be joined together. In any community of the altar, under the sacred ministry of the bishop, there is exhibited a symbol of that charity and “unity of the mystical Body, without which there can be no salvation” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, III 73.3). In these communities, though frequently small and poor, or living in the Diaspora, Christ is present, and in virtue of His presence there is brought together the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. For “the partaking of the body and blood of Christ does nothing other than make us be transformed into that which we consume” (Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 63.7).
Faith Formation: Children, grades 1 to 8
Children deepen their union with Jesus by learning to pray. They learn how God creates and loves everyone … and wants us to form community with each other. They are introduced to the Bible, the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes and the central teachings and convictions of the Catholic faith.
What difference does it make?
Spiritual life is deepened in them. They learn to trust God, believe in Jesus and treat others the way Jesus does. They develop respect for God, themselves, others and the world. They begin developing as living stones of a living Church.
What’s my next step?
Our parish offers both a private Catholic grade school (click on XXXX) and, for those attending public school, our parish Children’s Faith Formation.
Registration for our parish Children’ Faith Formation (for those attending public school) begins the week following the July 4 holiday. (For registration form, our policies and yearly calendar, see below). For more information , contact Nancy Keegan (Director of Faith Formation) or Paulette Burandt, Secrtary — both at (909) 591-7400.
R.C.I.A. : Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
This is a formation experience for adults who are not baptized, or who have been baptized in a Christian tradition other than the Catholic Faith. This is an inspirational and informative journey in the faith. Call the Parish Office for further information.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy is for children ages 5 and up. The children are called forward following the Opening Prayer . With their catechist (teacher) they explore the Mass readings which are given in a way they can more fully understand. Children’s Liturgy takes place during the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. There is no sign-up or fee. The children simply come forward when they are called. They do not leave the Church building.
Sunday pre-school is for children ages 3, 4 and 5, who are potty trained and able to separate easily from parents. Classes take place in the Teen Education Center during the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. Registration takes place through the Catechetical Ministries Office. Parents drop children off just prior to the start of Mass and pick them up immediately after. For Further information or to register please call the Catechetical Ministry Office.
Religious Education – Grades 1 through 8 – Sacramental Preparation
The religious education program has classes for all levels for preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation (Penance) and First Holy Communion. The preparation programs are from 2 to 3 years. We also have continuing religious education beyond the Sacraments. We encourage parents and students that they attend Faith Formation (religious education) from first to eleventh grade. Students in High School attend 3 years of Confirmation classes. For questions or to enroll please call the Catechetical Ministries Offce.
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