“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

General Overview

  • Classes are held each year September to May.
  • COVID19 UPDATE: 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.
  • 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.
  • Parents may choose to register and pay online, or pick up paper registration and pay at the Faith Formation Office.
  • Faith Formation Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and closed daily for lunch from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. – Advance appointments are recommended.
  • Registration deadlines are not negotiable, therefore, register your child(ren) early to avoid being put on a waiting list.
  • If your family has had a change in their financial circumstances, arrangements can be made, please contact the Faith Formation Office to find out how.
  • Faith Formation Contact Information:
    • Isabel Romero Barbosa, Director of Faith Formation

Email: iromero@staloysiushickory.org

Phone: (828) 327-2341 ext. 308