Faith Formation at Nativity of Our Lord Parish is COURAGEOUSLY PROCLAIMING OUR FAITH IN TRUTH AND LOVE - Building Disciples in all areas of Faith Formation from womb to tomb.
Faith Formation spans our life cycle. It begins when we are baptized into the Catholic faith and ends when we return to God at our Christian Burial. A solid Faith Formation Department would offer programming for people across all the life cycles from womb to tomb.
Jesus placed a priority on disciple making relationships and showed us how such relationships cannot play a supplemental part in our Christian lives; instead he modeled the importance of discipleship for us by helping us to understand that true discipleship involves deep relationships. He lived his life with His disciples and taught us through words and actions what discipleship means.
Saint John Paul II eloquently wrote about the importance of catechesis in our time in his apostolic exhortation Catehesi Tradendae. He describes the importance and unique roles the Church, the laity, and the family plays in ensuring that Catholics not only understand the faith, but are prepared to live it fully. He said “there are special characteristics that catechesis assumes at the different stages of life (Catechesi Tradendae, 54) It is based on this wisdom and in consulation from the Diocese of Superior that we have redesigned Faith Formation at Nativity Parish. We developed a plan that will bring stability and direction to Faith Formation from womb to tomb. We must continue to learn the truth and love about our faith. Once we understand the truths of our faith then we are able to understand what is meant when we are sent forth so that we may fulfill God's will in our daily lives (CCC1332)
On the pages that follow we will explain each of our programs, their goals, and details about how to participate and enroll in each program, A resource page will be put into place so that all of your registration needs are found in one place. Finally we will include a link so that you can communicate with us in a timely manner whenever you have questions about any of our programing.
Baptism Preparation, Children’s Liturgy of the Word for Pre-K-Grade2, Catechesis of a Good Shepherd, a Montessori based Faith Formation Program for Pre-K-Grade 1.
Family of Faith, a combination of a Family Catechetical Model and a traditional setting. In Grades 6-8 we will use Edge a small group model and a flexible High School Process that begins with an Ignition encounter with Christ and then continues through Grade 12.
R.C.I.A. - Rite of Christian Formation of Adults will continue to be offered for those who wish to enter fully into the Catholic Church as well as a full range of adult programming that includes book studies, bible studies, scripture enrichment, and is constantly growing.
In additioin to specific programminng we wiill offer a variety of conferendces, retreats, pilgrimages, mission opportuntines for all grades as needed, as well as Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist, First Reconcilitation and Confiramtion.We will continue to offer Marriage Preparation
Final note we offer Catechist Formation and Safe Environment training as required by the Diocese of Superior.
Check back here often as we add additonal information about each program specifically.
Barbara Eretto - Director of Religious Education