Faith Formation

Program Outline

The Faith Development Office has just completed the remodeling of our entire Faith Formation Program this past year.  Our foundational resource is the Finding God series from Loyola Press.  Our main supplemental resource is the New American Catechism from the Catholic Book Publishing Company.  Both resources are age appropriate.  Our lower grades will be working more explicitly with the New American Catechism, as their focus in on memorization of key beliefs, prayers, and teachings.  Our upper grades will be following the model of the rest of Faith Formation, the topics that will be stuffed in every bulletin.  In the program, each student will have both texts in class.  They will be used for their weekly lessons.  The new program guides our children to understand the basics of the Catholic Faith and inspires them to seek out ways to practice their faith in their daily lives.

Kindergarten and First Grade

These grades will utilize the New American Catechism and cover the basic tenants of the Faith for their age level.  These include:  God; Creation; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; The Church; The Sacraments; The Sins of Man; The Life of Grace; The Moral Life; Mary and the Saints; Union with God in Heaven; The Ten Commandments of God; The Beatitudes; Duties of Catholics; and General Prayers.  In addition, Kindergarten and First Grade will focus on the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation.

Second and Third Grade

These grades will utilize the New American Catechism and cover the basic tenants of the Faith for their age level.  These include:  God; Creation; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; The Church; The Sacraments; The Sins of Man; The Life of Grace; The Moral Life; Mary and the Saints; Union with God in Heaven; The Ten Commandments of God; The Beatitudes; Duties of Catholics; and General Prayers.  In addition, Second and Third Grade will focus on the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Fourth and Fifth Grades

These grades will primarily follow the topics of Faith Formation throughout the year.  In addition, they will utilize the New American Catechism and cover the basic tenants of the Faith for their age level.  These include:  God; Creation; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; The Church; The Sacraments; Sin; The Life of Grace; The Moral Life; Mary and the Saints; Union with God in Heaven; Essential Prayers; The Holy Bible; The Liturgy; and Christian Living.

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

The Middle School will follow the topics of Faith Formation throughout the year.  The YouCat will be a major tool in their study of the Faith.  In addition, they will utilize the New American Catechism and cover the basic tenants of the Faith for their age level.  These include:  The Mystery of One God; Creation; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; The Church; The Sacraments; Sin; The Life of Grace; The Moral Life; Mary and the Saints; Death, Judgment, and Eternity; The Ten Commandments of God; The Beatitudes; Duties of Catholics; and Essential Prayers.