Nativity Catholic Cluster: Nativity of our Lord and St. Johns Parishes

Religious Education/Family Catechesis Grades 2-5

Who and When

This program is designed for those students entering Grade 2 through Grade 5. We will meet on the First Wednesday of the month  from 6:00-7:30 PM as a family and on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in our grade level classrooms.

Q & A?

What if I have younger children at home? They are welcome to come with you to the family sessions on the First and Third Wednesdays each month.

What if I have a child in Catechesis of a Good Shephard program? If you have a child who participates in Catechesis of a Good Shepherd, they will join the family sessions once dismissed.  

What if I have older Children? Students in grades 6-8 will continue to meet on Wednesdays.

What if I have High Schoolers who attend on Wednesday? H.S. Students meeting on Wednesday or Sundays will meet according to their module schedule.

What is Family of Faith?

Built on the vision Pope St. John Paul II who said “Family catechesis… precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Thus there cannot be two great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for the ministry of being called their own children’s catechist and to carry it out with tireless zeal.” Catechesi Tradendae

Rationale

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (CCC 2226)

Parenting in today’s world is very challenging. There are many external factors that parents have to address in their families. Yet as parents we are called to take on the role of primary catechist and teach our children about our faith.  Primarily, parents understood their role as primary catechist is to prepare bring their family to church and prepare them for the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. However, it goes beyond attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments. We must also teach our families about the doctrine of the church. A parent’s influence and example cannot be replaced, however we can partner with you to assist you in developing the spiritual life of your children.

We will equip you with the necessary tools that are needed to bring your children closer to Jesus and learn about their faith. Teaching about our faith is much more than another classroom subject taught in isolation. It is catechizing our families; that is teaching them about the practices and knowledge of their faith and how to live out the gospel message. Each Sunday while at Mass, we profess our faith in the recitation of the creed. We also will equip you with the tools needed to teach your children about morality, prayer, and sacraments. Additionally, we will provide you with opportunities to grow as a strong Catholic family. We call this catechesis, because it is a process of teaching and practicing the content of our faith.

We will equip you with materials necessary to witness your faith in your homes with your family. No classroom lesson can surpass the experience of a parent modeling the importance of God in their lives through experiences of prayer, service and discipleship. When we put our faith into action we not only grow to understand the doctrine of the church but we experience our Sunday Mass obligation through new lenses, this enables your children to be a fully active participant of the Mass as stated in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

 The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy written by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council says”

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully

conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations.. such participation by

the Christina people as ’a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed

people’ (1Pt 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism..

for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the

true Christian spirit”(14).

Who and When

This program is designed for those students entering Grade 2 through Grade 5. We will meet on the First and Third Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 PM as a family and on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in our grade level classrooms.

Q & A?

What if I have younger children at home? They are welcome to come with you to the family sessions on the First and Third Wednesdays each month.

What if I have a child in Catechesis of a Good Shephard program? If you have a child who participates in Catechesis of a Good Shepherd, they will join the family sessions once dismissed.  

What if I have older Children? Students in grades 6-8 will continue to meet on Wednesdays.

What if I have High Schoolers who attend on Wednesday? H.S. Students meeting on Wednesday or Sundays will meet according to their module schedule.

What is Family of Faith?

Built on the vision Pope St. John Paul II who said “Family catechesis… precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Thus there cannot be two great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for the ministry of being called their own children’s catechist and to carry it out with tireless zeal.” Catechesi Tradendae

Rationale

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (CCC 2226)

Parenting in today’s world is very challenging. There are many external factors that parents have to address in their families. Yet as parents we are called to take on the role of primary catechist and teach our children about our faith.  Primarily, parents understood their role as primary catechist is to prepare bring their family to church and prepare them for the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. However, it goes beyond attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments. We must also teach our families about the doctrine of the church. A parent’s influence and example cannot be replaced, however we can partner with you to assist you in developing the spiritual life of your children.

We will equip you with the necessary tools that are needed to bring your children closer to Jesus and learn about their faith. Teaching about our faith is much more than another classroom subject taught in isolation. It is catechizing our families; that is teaching them about the practices and knowledge of their faith and how to live out the gospel message. Each Sunday while at Mass, we profess our faith in the recitation of the creed. We also will equip you with the tools needed to teach your children about morality, prayer, and sacraments. Additionally, we will provide you with opportunities to grow as a strong Catholic family. We call this catechesis, because it is a process of teaching and practicing the content of our faith.

We will equip you with materials necessary to witness your faith in your homes with your family. No classroom lesson can surpass the experience of a parent modeling the importance of God in their lives through experiences of prayer, service and discipleship. When we put our faith into action we not only grow to understand the doctrine of the church but we experience our Sunday Mass obligation through new lenses, this enables your children to be a fully active participant of the Mass as stated in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

 The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy written by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council says”

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully

conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations.. such participation by

the Christina people as ’a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed

people’ (1Pt 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism..

for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the

true Christian spirit”(14).

Who and When

This program is designed for those students entering Grade 2 through Grade 5. We will meet on the First and Third Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 PM as a family and on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in our grade level classrooms.

Q & A?

What if I have younger children at home? They are welcome to come with you to the family sessions on the First and Third Wednesdays each month.

What if I have a child in Catechesis of a Good Shephard program? If you have a child who participates in Catechesis of a Good Shepherd, they will join the family sessions once dismissed.  

What if I have older Children? Students in grades 6-8 will continue to meet on Wednesdays.

What if I have High Schoolers who attend on Wednesday? H.S. Students meeting on Wednesday or Sundays will meet according to their module schedule.

What is Family of Faith?

Built on the vision Pope St. John Paul II who said “Family catechesis… precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Thus there cannot be two great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for the ministry of being called their own children’s catechist and to carry it out with tireless zeal.” Catechesi Tradendae

Rationale

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (CCC 2226)

Parenting in today’s world is very challenging. There are many external factors that parents have to address in their families. Yet as parents we are called to take on the role of primary catechist and teach our children about our faith.  Primarily, parents understood their role as primary catechist is to prepare bring their family to church and prepare them for the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. However, it goes beyond attending Mass and receiving the Sacraments. We must also teach our families about the doctrine of the church. A parent’s influence and example cannot be replaced, however we can partner with you to assist you in developing the spiritual life of your children.

We will equip you with the necessary tools that are needed to bring your children closer to Jesus and learn about their faith. Teaching about our faith is much more than another classroom subject taught in isolation. It is catechizing our families; that is teaching them about the practices and knowledge of their faith and how to live out the gospel message. Each Sunday while at Mass, we profess our faith in the recitation of the creed. We also will equip you with the tools needed to teach your children about morality, prayer, and sacraments. Additionally, we will provide you with opportunities to grow as a strong Catholic family. We call this catechesis, because it is a process of teaching and practicing the content of our faith.

We will equip you with materials necessary to witness your faith in your homes with your family. No classroom lesson can surpass the experience of a parent modeling the importance of God in their lives through experiences of prayer, service and discipleship. When we put our faith into action we not only grow to understand the doctrine of the church but we experience our Sunday Mass obligation through new lenses, this enables your children to be a fully active participant of the Mass as stated in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

 The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy written by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council says”

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully

conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations.. such participation by

the Christina people as ’a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed

people’ (1Pt 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism..

for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the

true Christian spirit”(14).