The Scholars are ready to learn more about their faith on an intellectual level. Having answered the Good Shepherd's call and begin to actively seek out Jesus in the Sacraments, they build a strong foundation for their faith by studying Salvation History and the events and people of Jesus' life. Emphasis is placed on the Bible as God's Word and an awareness of how its truths relate to our own lives.
The catechists in our Parish Religious Education Program are dedicated to passing on the truths of our tradition with an enthusiasm for the experienced practice of faith. They are more than willing to cooperate with parents. Formal classroom instruction is provided September through May. The parish follows the Archdiocesan Guidelines using the Harcourt Religion Text, "Call to Faith," which is supplemented with appropriate handouts, supplementary material and activities following the liturgical season.
**From preschool age through adults,
**Runs from September - May
**Aim for life-long journey of conversation
**Build up stewards to serve the Body of Christ
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATE
For more information:
Deacon "Bill" Carl Swanson
Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation
St. Mary Start of the Sea Catholic Church
Office Phone: 360-385-3700
Seekers - 6-8 Years Olds
The Seekers, having come to know the Good Shepard, desire to learn more about him in the person of Jesus Christ. They spend two years in formation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist. They explore the historical roots of these sacraments by reviewing the stories of Moses and the Chosen People, as well as Jesus in the Gospels.
Sacramental Preparation Guide:
During their teenage years and with the approval of their parents and Deacon Swanson, the Confirmanae have individually committed to being sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. They spend several months in preparation for this event, usingCall to Celebrate: Confirmation (Our Sunday Visitor Press) as a guide. The Confirmandae spend time reviewing their future roles and responsibilities in the Church as adults and beginning the discernment of God's vocation for them.
The Beloved are just beginning their spiritual journey. During these years, they become aware of Jesus' great love for them as they Good Shepherd and learn to follow His call as they "recognize His voice" (John 10:4). They are introduced to aspects of faith with the underlying themes of God's love, protection, and desire for personal relationship with each of us, and our response to God's invitation.
The Pilgrims are at a point where they can set out on their faith journey. They realized they are loved by God, have moved to seek God out, and have learned about God's plan to Salvation History. An important in answering God's call to vocation is understanding the tenets of the Faith. Pilgrims draw from the workbook Faith Fusion (Our Sunday Visitor Press) to examine the Creed and other aspects of the Catholic Church
Summer Vaction Bible School provides a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience faith instruction in an active and fun environment with other children of our Parish Education Programs.