Faith Formation (Children)


Registration opens August 1st, 2017

Classes begin September 13th, 2017

 
 

Preschool & Kindergarten Children (must be 4 yrs old)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Mission: Little children are very receptive to receiving the love that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, has for them. This program provides a solid foundation for a life filled with a loving and lasting relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
Program Description: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based program that leads children into a deep relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The hands-on material in the classroom (which is referred to as the Atrium) truly engages children in exploring the mystical truths of our Catholic faith. Once they have been introduced to the material they are “free” to work with the materials internalizing the truths to the fullest.
 
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm                     


First grade through Junior High
As a Catholic Formation Program rooted in Scripture and Tradition, we have three goals for our Program:

  1. To invite families to grow together as a community of believers, growing their gifts into the Body of Christ and full participation in the Catholic way of life.
     
  2. To prepare young people for full and educated participation in Catholic liturgy and prayer, through the study of scripture and the lectionary in preparation for each Sunday’s liturgy.
     
  3. To grow young people and their families in their knowledge and active participation in the Catholic tradition through appropriate grade level developmental knowledge and practice of their Catholic faith.

We gather in the church as a whole community of children, catechists, and parents to share in a story that connects with the theme of the Sunday Gospel. The Gospel is proclaimed, and the children reflect on the Gospel values being taught and how they might work to grow in their everyday lives. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The children are then dismissed to class with their catechists. Additionally, curriculum for children of middle school age, grades 6, 7, & 8 includes Youth Ministry Access for middle school.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
 
Registration Fees:
$60.00 per child up to three children. No charge for 4th child or more.
 
Sacrament Preparation Fee:
$25.00 book fee.

 

Catechists and Co-Catechists

 

First Grade through Junior High - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Pre-School & Kindergarten

A Catechist is one who hands on the faith and teachings of the Church. St. Bridget Parish assists parents in this important role by offering faith formation sessions for the children of our parish. We are looking for men, women, and youth who are willing to share and teach the faith, and engage in discussions with our young parishioners in a classroom setting using the finest Catechetical resources available. It's not about how much you know about the faith, but how you live it in your daily life. Catechists are provided with ongoing formation. The time commitment is 1 ½ hours, September – early May, during class time, plus advance preparation at home to prepare a lesson plan.

Co-Catechists assist the Catechist in the classroom with the lesson plan, classroom details, and if needed leads the class in absence of the Catechist.

Contact Diana Rosales, Faith Formation Facilitator for more information:
faithformation@stbridget.org or 480-924-9111

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)

 

Dates:  2018: TBD
 
Mission:  To provide a week long faith experience centered on a catholic theme, learning about God's love for us through song, dance, games, and stories.
 
Program Description:  VBS is normally scheduled the 3rd week in June.  We meet in Collins Hall every morning to worship through song and dance.  We introduce the lesson for the day and break into small crews of 5 or 6 children.  The crews are led by teen mentors who rotate their crews through 5 different sessions lead by catechists.  Children learn to be disciples of Jesus through Bible stories, science, songs, games and service.
 
Meeting Times: TBD
Cost: TBD

Contact Diana Rosales, Faith Formation Facilitator for more information:
faithformation@stbridget.org or 480-924-9111

 

SPECIAL GIFTS TEAM

 

Children with special needs bring special gifts to our Catholic family. Ministers are needed to assist these children in the classroom either by leading the class or as a personal aide helping them during class.

Contact Diana Rosales, Faith Formation Facilitator for more information:
faithformation@stbridget.org or 480-924-9111

 

LENTEN / ADVENT FAIRS

 

Join a committee to help families prepare for meaningful liturgical seasons through an evening of learning and a shared meal.  Fairs are held in Collins Hall on a Wednesday night before or during the beginning of the Advent or Lenten seasons.  Time invested is up to three hours for one night. Serve in this ministry by decorating before the event, help in the food line, or run one of three activity booths.

Contact Diana Rosales, Faith Formation Facilitator for more information:
faithformation@stbridget.org or 480-924-9111