Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
“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.” Catechism of the Catholic church #2226
Our mission at St. Louis is to help you as parents/guardians to nurture and foster growth in the Catholic faith of your children. This is accomplished with help from Catechists/volunteers of our Parish who give of their time and talents.
Kindergarten-aged children are invited to participate in the Sunday morning faith formation program where we use the “Call to Faith” curriculum.
Children in grades 1–6 are invited to participate in the elementary level faith formation program where we use the “Faith and Life” curriculum.
Both curriculums incorporate age appropriate stories, games, and activities designed to assist parents in their effort to enlighten their children about God and their Catholic faith.
It is our hope that these programs assist you, as your child’s first catechist, to realize a deeper understanding of the words and ideas which guide the Catholic understanding of God, and to foster a growing spiritual sense of closeness with God by fully living out the faith as part of a community of service.
Adult Faith Formation – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is for adult individuals who have never been baptized; and those baptized in another Christian faith who may be considering joining the Catholic Church. Baptized Catholics who desire to complete their initiation into the church by receiving the Sacraments of First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Reconciliation are also welcome as are older children who seek baptism or have been baptized but have not completed their initiation through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Sessions begin in September and extend through the Easter season of the following year with the Sacraments of initiation or reception into the church taking place at the Easter Vigil.
For more information on religious education at St. Louis, contact Deacon Ron at Deacon.Ron@stlp.org