Child Faith Formation

For more information, please contact our Director of Catechesis,
Karen LeBlanc at 387-4198 or ihmccatechism@rogers.com

 

Catechism

Year 1 formal catechism in our St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish Grouping begins for all children who will be six years old before December 31st of this year. We use a “Parent Coaching Model” where parents/guardians and child come to catechism and sit at a table together. A Coaching Catechist leads the parents through each session so that the parent is, in fact, the Catechist for the child!

A central principle of the Parent Coaching Model is that we cannot succeed in faith formation with children unless their parents and guardians are also deeply engaged with the process, so you will find:

  • Catechism sessions are 75-90 minutes in length and take place once every two weeks.

  • You will accompany your child to each session where you will journey alongside them, as together you grow in faith. (We understand that families lead busy lives. If you are unable to attend with your child, they may be accompanied by another adult, such as a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or a close family friend.)

  • Children will be separated into two groupings: one grouping for Years 1, 2 and 3 and another grouping for Years 4, 5 and 6. If you have more than one child registered in the same grouping, (for example a child in Year 1 and another in Year 3) you can all attend the same session together!

We have had great success with this program and know that it is opening doors for parents to be able to talk more comfortably about their faith and beliefs with their child. Many parents have commented on how this catechism program is renewing and deepening their own faith as they journey with their child. Awesome!

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Online registration  (Fill out the online, make payment through e-transfer.)

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Manual registration  (Print and fill out form and then bring the form into the parish office and make payment.)

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Schedule for 2019-20 Years 1-2-3

Schedule for 2019-20 Years 4-5-6

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is led by parents and at the beginning of Mass, the children are invited to come forward and are led to the program room where they listen to the Sunday readings enhanced with prayer, music and discussion at a level the children can understand and enjoy! The focus is to try to raise awareness of God’s love, the humanity of Jesus, the Seasons of the Church, the understanding of symbols in the Mass and the context of the Bible.  All children are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is scheduled for the following Sundays:

  • October 21st, 2018        (11:00 a.m. Mass, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

  • December 2nd, 2018     (11:00 a.m. Mass, 1st Sunday of Advent)

  • January 13th, 2019        (11:00 a.m. Mass, Baptism of the Lord)

  • February 17th, 2019      (11:00 a.m. Mass, 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

  • April 7th, 2019                (10:30 a.m. Mass, 5th Sunday in Lent)

  • May 26th, 2019               (10:30 a.m. Mass, 6th Sunday in Easter)