ASCENSION OF THE LORD, Holy Day of Obligation Masses on Thursday, May 30th: 9am at St. Zepherin and 7:00pm at St. Ann

Religious Education Gr K-5

Good Shepherd Parish Faith Formation

Kindergarten-Grade 5 Family Program

We are excited to build community with your families as we share faith with your children. The structure of our Faith Formation Programs reflects the goals of providing opportunities for classroom learning, parent education, home study, worship and Christian service. 

Our role as a parish is to support you in nurturing your children in their spiritual formation and understanding of our Catholic faith. It is with that in mind that our religious education is a family-based program. The family centered program has two components. The first is that you as the parent share in the role of teaching your children helping them to learn about the Mass. The other is that one session a month includes parent formation. Speakers for our parent session address meeting the challenges of passing on faith to our children and continuing to grow in our own faith in this busy and complex time on our family lives. 

Family Teams: Each family is assigned to a team for their class and speakers series. 

Team 1  meetings will be held on Sunday mornings at St. Zepherin Church with Mass at 8:30 followed class from 9:30-10:45.

Team 2  meetings will be held on Sunday mornings at St. Ann Church with class from 9:00-10:15 followed by Mass at 10:30

Each team will meet approximately two to three times a month. One of those meetings will be a Parent/Child Day,(P & C) with students participating in grade-level classes with a catechist while parents participate in an adult education session featuring a speaker reflecting on topics relevant to family faith formation.

On alternate meeting dates, only the children will attend and participate in classes with their catechist.

Team Family Masses will be scheduled throughout the year at the 8:30 for Team 1 and the 10:30 for Team 2.  These Masses will have a special focus on the children and families in our K-5 program.  All families are encouraged to attend these Masses as an essential part of growing in our Catholic faith and learning to celebrate together as a community.  The children will be asked to take special roles in the Mass. 

Each class is assigned a session number. This is to allow families who need to miss a class to know when that lesson is being taught in the alternating team. Team families are welcome to drop into an alternate team session. Please notify the religious education office when you are planning to attend another session. This will allow the catechist to expect your child and have sufficient materials. Parents will also be provided with a family home lesson guide.  This will allow you to cover any missed sessions at home.  There will be some additional lessons that will be assigned to be done at home as family for certain seasons.

Mass Attendance Mass participation is an integral part of faith formation. The Sunday morning schedule includes Mass participation.  Families are encouraged to attend Mass together. Liturgy guides for children called MagnifiKid are available at both church sites. The Liturgy of the Word with Children is celebrated at both the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses on the weekends of religious education. This is a wonderful way for the children to engage with the scripture readings at a developmentally appropriate level. 

Community Events: The entire community will also come together for special events. These events are noted on the calendar in addition to the regular class meetings.  These dates will be listed on the calendar. 

Personal Safety Workshops: Parents and children are invited to come together to learn and practice safety and assertiveness skills that will help them to identify unsafe situations and seek assistance from an appropriate adult. The workshop this year will be Session 5 on Sunday, November 12 at 9:30. Parents and children attend together. This session will take place at St. Zepherin Center. More information on the program will be distributed at parent meetings and the content will be available on the parish web site for parents to review. 

Sacrament Preparation- Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a two-year program with the sacraments being received in the winter and spring of the second year.  The program is typically begun in grade 1 but can be started at a later age. 

We look forward to working with you and with your children. Feel free to be in touch with our staff if you have any questions or would like to share any ideas. 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to working with you and with your children.  Feel free to be in touch with our staff if you have any questions or would like to share any ideas. 

 

 

 

Sue Muldoon
Director of Religious Education
smuldoon@goodshepherdwayland.org

Kelly McPherson
Coordinator of Religious Education
kmcpherson@goodshepherdwayland.org

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Weekend Masses
Sat at 4 pm St Ann
Sunday
8:30am St Zepherin 
10:30am  St Ann 
5:00pm St Zepherin
(Sunday after Memorial Day - June)