“When someone becomes Catholic, s/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. Like our reflection changes, so too does our faith. Our spiritual relationship with God can wain, develop and mature over time, depending on how we apply our faith and to what extent we persist in the renewal of our understanding of and relationship to God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Faith Formation Program Overview
COVID19 PANDEMIC INFORMATION
- Due to the pandemic, class schedules may change at any time, or may be altered to accommodate smaller class sizes and will take into consideration social distancing requirements.
- Sanitation stations will be available at the entrance to the church and in each classroom.
- Classrooms will be disinfected after each class and will be kept locked and secure during class and in between class times.
- Protective face masks are required. If you or your child are unable to wear face masks due to a medical condition, we will need a doctor’s note excusing you, or your child from the requirement to wear a face mask.
- Upon presenting for class, all person’s entering the building will be required to submit to a temperature check. If you, or your child have a fever, or are exhibiting signs of illness, you will not be allowed to enter the church.
- If you suspect you or your child may have been exposed to COVID19, please stay home and contact the Faith Formation Office to obtain your child’s assignments through the mail.
When Are Faith Formation Classes Held?
- Classes are held each year September to May.
- K-6 Faith Formation classes are held on Sunday mornings beginning promptly at 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM or Wednesday afternoons beginning at 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM.
- 7th thru 8th Grade Confirmation meets from 6:45 PM until 8:15 PM on Wednesday evenings.
How Do I Register My Child(ren) and Pay?
- Parents may choose to register and pay online, or pick up paper registration and pay at the Faith Formation Office.
- Registration deadlines are generally set the first week of August, and are not negotiable. We recommend that you register your child(ren) early, to avoid being put on a waiting list.
When Is The Faith Formation Office Open?
- Faith Formation Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., closed on Friday and daily for lunch from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. – Advance appointments are recommended.
Is Assistance For Registration Fees Available?
- If your family has had a change in financial circumstances, payment arrangements can be discussed, or other financial assistance may be available. Please make an appointment to discuss available options with the Director of Faith Formation as soon as possible.
- Faith Formation Contact Information:
- Isabel Romero Barbosa, Director of Faith Formation
Phone: (828) 327-2341 ext. 308