ENCOUNTER VISION STATEMENT:
The religious education program of St. Mary's Church will work to increase the interest and enhance communication within our community of parishioners and young people by providing interactive and cooperative learning opportunities emphasizing the basics of our Catholic faith.
To support parents in their role as primary educators of their children. To teach Jesus Christ, our Savior and Model of Christian life.
To provide opportunities for diverse prayer forms calling students to open their hearts to God's presence and activity.
To develop a strong sense of belonging to the parish family, as evidenced by participation in Sunday Mass and other parish celebrations.
To prepare families for their children's first reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist, thereby fostering moments of adult faith development.
To work with youth in preparing spiritually and doctrinally for the Sacrament of Confirmation while developing a habit of service to others and commitment to worship and community.
To offer opportunities for adult faith development
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
“In the early Church, the faithful were prepared for the Church in a space called the “atrium.” Just so, when children are prepared for the church community, an atrium should be prepared for them. This place is not a place of religious instruction, but of conversion. It should be a place of spiritual retreat for children. A place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation and contemplation. A place in which the only Teacher is Christ and both children and adults listen to His Word. A place where themes from the Bible and liturgy are used as fundamental sources for nourishing the child in his/her most vital religious needs. A place in which the Eucharist is central to the life of the atrium.” - The US Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
This fall, we are excited to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to children 3 to 6 years of age from September - May. There will be both Wednesday evening and Friday morning sessions. There will be a size limitation to each session and spots will be reserved on a first come basis. Registration forms can be found by the entrances and are due back by Sept. 10th. Please contact Miriam Daro for more information.