Faith Formation

“Every individual has the responsibility to grow in faith
and to contribute to the growth in faith
of the other members of the church.”

National Directory for Catechesis

Our parish provides programs of formation in faith for children, for families and adults.  Sacrament preparation programs are offered  annually for Confirmation, First Communion and First Reconciliation. Find out more about our different programs below:

You can also find current program calendars here, or register for next year’s programs here.

 

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

  • When: Sunday 10am Mass, all year round
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Church
  • Who: Any children in grades K-6, or younger children accompanied by a parent or responsible older sibling. No registration or commitment involved – join us any time!

During the Liturgy of the Word, kids meet downstairs in the hall with a teacher for an age-appropriate lesson on the Sunday readings. We have fun exploring and learning about God and our Catholic faith. Teachers relate the scriptures to kids’ lives at home and school to help them understand the readings. Weekly activity pages are also available at Children’s Liturgy of the Word or at the back of the church.

 

Classroom Faith Formation

  • When: Weekly lessons on Sunday mornings, prior to the 10am Mass. Parents may also choose between attendance at Family Gatherings and short weekly activities at home to enrich the lessons taught in the classroom.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Hall
  • Who: Children in grades K-8 (unless enrolled in Confirmation prep), registration is required.

Children are grouped into multi-age classes to meet the needs of our small community. Our talented volunteer catechists will teach children from two grades together, cycling through the two appropriate grade-level Be My Disciples books every other year. This program is designed for families who prefer a set schedule, and children will receive the irreplaceable blessings of exploring their faith in community with their friends and peers. Faith formation in the family setting is fostered through your choice of attendance at Family Gatherings, or engaging your children in short weekly activities from their books.

 

At Home Faith Formation

When: Weekly lessons on your own time, and four Family Gatherings, all scheduled throughout the school year.

Where: Lessons are taught at home, and Family Gatherings meet at St. Patrick’s hall.

Who: Children in grades K-8 (unless enrolled in Confirmation prep), registration is required.

Our faith formation is built to work around your schedule. Using Be My Disciples, parents teach all of their children together a lesson based on a different theme each week. The grade level copies of the workbook contain age-appropriate material and activities related to the weekly theme, and a Parent Guide ties it all together for you. Support and communion with other families in the program is provided through four Family Gatherings hosted at St. Patrick’s throughout the year. Additional resources are offered through newsletters, email, and on Facebook to supplement the program. Through this program, we help parents give their children the gift of a well-grounded faith in the midst of their daily lives.

 

Sacramental Prep: 1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist

When: November through the Easter season

Where: Lessons are taught at home, with information sessions and rehearsals offered at St. Patrick’s.

Who: Children who are age 7 or older (at least 2nd grade), currently enrolled in a faith formation program, and who participated in a faith formation program last year are eligible to register.

Families seeking these life-giving Sacraments for their children gather to begin this program together. We start preparation for each sacrament by gathering for a lesson for both parents and children, then parents use RCL Benziger’s Sacraments books to teach weekly lessons at home, and we end with a rehearsal and celebration of the Sacrament. Preparation for First Reconciliation will begin in the fall and end in the winter. Preparation for First Eucharist will begin in the winter and end during the Easter season.

 

Sacramental Prep: Confirmation

When: Meets weekly during the school year after the 10am Sunday Mass for two years

Where: St. Patrick’s

Who: Teens in 8th grade or higher are eligible to begin preparation. Registration is required.

As they begin to develop a sense of their place and purpose in the world, teenagers are invited to make a commitment to their Catholic faith. Through this two-year program, teens are given a rigorous education in Scripture, Sacraments, theology, morality, and much more. A team of catehcists teaches weekly lessons, helps teens grow as people of service, and inspires in them a desire to grow in faith and love of our God. Students who begin the program in the fall of 8th grade will be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 9th grade or fall of 10th.

Youth Ministry

When: Two Sundays a month during the school year

Where: A new place every time!

Who: Teens in 9th-12th grade

Bring a friend and meet up with other teens to have a good time helping others in Palmyra, Macedon, and Rochester. You do not need to be Catholic to attend – we share a common calling to serve one another, regardless of our faith. Activities include service projects, social gatherings, and fundraising for NCYC, a biennial exprience of prayer and community with over 20,000 Catholic teens from around the country. For more information, contact Steve Fedor at stephen_fedor@websterschools.org.

 

 

 

For more information on any of our faith formation programs, contact Anne Thomas, catechetical leader at athomas@dor.org or by calling the parish office.