Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
While recognizing that parents are the primary catechists of their children, St. Peter Church offers opportunities for children to participate in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd between ages three and twelve. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an international movement begun over 50 years ago in Rome, recognizes each child’s innate unique relationship with God. Children and catechists come together weekly in rooms called “atriums” which are places of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer. The atrium is a place in which the only Teacher is Christ; both children and adults place themselves in a listening stance before his Word and seek to penetrate the mystery of the liturgical celebration. The themes presented in the atrium are those to which the children have responded with depth and joy. These themes are taken from the Bible and the liturgy (prayers and sacraments) as the fundamental sources for creating and sustaining Christian life at every developmental stage and, in particular, for illuminating and nourishing the child in his/her most vital religious needs. Catechists join the parents in living with the children a shared religious experience according to the teaching of the gospel: “Except you become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 18:3).
To learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, visit the website of the National Association at www.cgsusa.org.
Youth Religious Education and Faith Formation
St. Peter Church focuses our ministry with adolescents on three essential goals:
- Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
- Drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community
- Fostering the personal and spiritual growth of each young person
On Sunday mornings at 9:30, students in grades seven through twelve participate in youth Bible studies and faith formation. (These programs serve as parish religious education for those in public and private schools.) In addition, high school teens gather for fellowship and prayer during the week. (Days/times vary) All parish youth are encouraged to participate in liturgical ministries as altar servers, lectors, singers, musicians, ushers, greeters, giftbearers, and Eucharistic Ministers (18+). For more information contact Christina Klyce at [email protected]
Adult Faith Formation
Adults are invited to pursue lifelong catechesis via a variety of opportunities. Throughout the year adults gather on Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m for faith formation on a variety of topics. Women of the parish are invited to join our Women’s Bible Studies. Throughout the year, we also offer various retreats, mini-courses, and special lectures. For more information contact Christina Klyce at [email protected].
Adult Sacraments of Initiation: The normal process of adult initiation into the Church is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This includes adults seeking baptism, entrance into the church, or the sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation. Contact Christina Klyce for further information. (Click here to go direct to RCIA page for more information)