“When someone becomes Catholic, he is expected to state, “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” How, though, can someone make such a profession without knowing everything the Church teaches? For most people that’s virtually impossible. The Catechism of the Catholic Church alone contains over 700 pages of doctrine!
The answer is found in the Catholic understanding of the nature of faith.
The Catechism defines faith as “man’s response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man . . . By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God . . . it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed . . . all that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed” (26, 143, 150, 182). (Beaumont, Douglas. “What True Faith Requires” 6 June 2018, https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/what-true-faith-requires).
St. Aloysius Faith Formation program supports life-long faith development. Faith is not something we learn and then put on a shelf; It is as much a part of our life as is our reflection in the mirror. Life our reflection, our faith can change, develop and mature over time, depending on how we apply our faith and through a persistent, constant and renewing understanding of our relationship to God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Goals of Faith Formation (source: Diocese of Charlotte)
- Promote the knowledge of the Catholic faith
- Promote a knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and Sacraments
- Promote moral formation in Jesus Christ
- Teach the Catholic how to pray with Christ
- Prepare the Catholic to live in the community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Catholic Church through the parish and diocese
- To promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society