Faith Formation at St. Peter Cathedral
2016-17 FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS
Watch Bishop John's Video Invitation to Faith Formation
It is the role of the faith formation department to assist parents in teaching their children the faith, to help prepare children and adults to receive the Sacraments, to assist those who are entering the Church or being fully initiated as Catholics through RCIA, and to provide faith formation opportunities for adults.
At a child’s baptism the priest says to the parents: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. . . Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” The parents respond: “I do.” The central, most important role of a parent is to raise their child in the faith, so the child may grow “to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” Parents accept this role in the promise they make at their child’s baptism. “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223), whether those children attend Catholic school, parish religious education, or are homeschooled.
St. Peter Cathedral makes a Covenant of Partnership between our catechists, parish leadership and the parents who register their children in our program. We will model the faith, communicate, and provide opportunities and information to assist families in faith formation and to build a friendly and caring parish community. We offer classroom instruction, materials for home use and service and retreat opportunities as appropriate.
If you have questions about any of our faith formation programs or for information about registrations, contact Jenny Lochner at 226-6548 x211 or at email@example.com
CONFIRMATION & HIGH SCHOOL FAITH FORMATION
Confirmation Preparation is the High School Faith Formation program, as outlined in the Diocese Curriculum. Since formation in our faith is a lifelong process, all high school youth are encouraged to be a part of the high school program regardless of whether or not they have already received the Sacrament. "By the sacrament of Confirmation,” the students already Confirmed “are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (CCC #1285) Confirmed high school students provide a powerful, vital witness to those preparing for the Sacrament. A classroom mix of students preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with those who have been confirmed allows the students to experience both necessary components to their formation in faith: learning and witnessing.
St. Peter Cathedral utilizes Ascension Press’ Chosen program for high school faith formation, along with a mix of service learning and retreat opportunities and social outings. Youth learn about Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by serving both the Church and Marquette area needs such as the Care Clinic and St. Vincent de Paul. We have taken trips to the Shrine of our Lady of Good Help, Packers Hall of Fame and Bay Beach Amusement Park, enjoyed bowling trips, volleyball on the beach, a visit with the police and their dogs and much more. Retreat opportunities include Youth Encounter at Marygrove http://www.marygrove.org/retreats.html , March for Life, and Steubenville North Youth Conferences, as well as parish retreats. High school formation is led by our parish priests and a team of young adults.
**Faith Formation Sessions for grades 1-12:
- begins on Catechetical Sunday, (Sept. 18, 2016) and runs through mid May.
- In response to your requests, all classes will begin at 11:45 am and end at 1:00 pm.
- Registration: Please ensure your parish registration is complete; families will only receive information if the children, as well as the parents, are registered.
- Registration forms are available here.
- View the 2016/2017 Faith Formation calendar here
Please click here for information on our Sacrament Preparation programs. This includes preparation for First Eucharist / First Reconciliation and Confirmation.
Whole Family events:
Whole Family events such as the All Saints’ Festival and a Lenten Event will also be offered. Please watch our Upcoming Events tab and bulletins for more information.
We also offer a monthly Whole Family event, “Mass Impact”. Mass Impact is held the second Tuesday of the month and begins at 6:30 pm with a potluck supper in the Parish Hall. Supper is followed by Eucharistic Adoration with praise in song, a witness talk and Benediction. Except for Mass Impact and other potluck events no prior registration is required for whole family events. Watch the bulletin for potluck sign ups.
Little Church is a faith program for our youngest parishioners, ages 4-6. A Little Church meets in the Bishop's Room during the Liturgy of the Word. A Little Church teacher presents the Sunday Gospel using a leaflet, music, and a “mini” project to help children understand the Gospel. The teacher is assisted by a parent whose family then may bring the gifts to the altar.
During the collection, the children are brought into the Church to rejoin their families for the rest of Mass. The teachers also join the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. (All volunteers are required to meet the diocese policies for Protecting God’s Children.)
Although there is no fee for Little Church, children must still register. Please contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.
The Little Church 2016/2017 calendar is available here.
SEE THE SEE 2016 - OCTOBER 29th
Catholic youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join Bishop Doerfler for a one day diocese rally, See the See, on October 29th! Join us as we welcome Ben Walther, songwriter and worship leader, enjoy games and Mass together as well. Registration is open now. Registration forms and fees ($35 payable to St. Peter Cathedral) are due no later than September 21st. Download your registration form here (or pick one up at the Cathedral Faith Formation office. This form is specific for Cathedral parishoners only. This is a diocese event; other parishes should handle their registration through their own parish offices.)
For those who are joining the Catholic Church (as adults or older children)
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic?
Do you want to know more about what Catholics believe and why?
RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.” It is the process by which adults (and older children) become Catholic. For more information, please contact the parish office at 226-6548.
More Faith Formation Opportunities
Please see the Upcoming Events page and the bulletin for current faith formation opportunities. If you have questions about any of our faith formation programs or for information about registration, contact Jenny Lochner at 226-6548 or at firstname.lastname@example.org