Faith Formation (K-5th), Sacramental Preparation and
Middle School Ministry 6-8th grade
Classes meet every Wednesday night from 6 to 7:30 from October through April
What is a Catechist?
The original meaning of the word Catechist is “teacher”, or one who “echoes” God’s word. But a catechist is more than just a teacher who has factual knowledge of the Catholic tradition and teachings. A catechist is a “minister” of the church, one who is commissioned by the community to help pass on the faith to the children of the parish. A catechist is also a “proclaimer” of the Good News of Christ, which assumes that he/she truly believes in Christ and therefore teaches with joy and enthusiasm. A catechist is a “mentor”, showing the children by his/her own example of how to live as a Christian, both in celebrating the sacraments, and in how to live as a Christian in the midst of often conflicting societal values.
– Based on a piece by Carl J. Pfeifer, The Catechist’s Connection, October, 1995
We NEED you!
Every year we rely on 9-10 people of the parish to pass on the faith to our children in the small classes that meet on Wednesday nights. No prior experience is needed. None of our catechists have advanced degrees in teaching. Perhaps you don’t feel that your faith is strong, or deep, enough. That’s OK. Time and time again, catechists marvel at how much teaching the faith to the children has strengthened their own faith. Perhaps you are intimidated about what to say or how to teach to a group of kids you don’t know at all. Not to worry, we will orient you and you will have a wonderful, user-friendly textbook to use, with many suggestions and helps for running each class. There are many resources in the Religious Education office at your disposal.
The goal is not to get through as much material as possible so the kids can pass a test; it is to give the children a little bit of quality faith-sharing time and prayer time with Jesus. You are not responsible for the faith of these children – you are only offering your example and your time to learn about Christ and to develop and deepen their relationship with Him.
Please prayerfully consider giving your time and talent to this ministry.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Fred Robb, Director of Faith Formation, at email@example.com or (231) 642-6603.
September 20th – Registration opens
October 1st – Classes begin
November 26th– no classes, Thanksgiving Break
December 17th – Christmas Program
December 24th and 31st – no classes, Christmas Break
January 7th – Classes resume
His Holiness Pope Francis, has named the Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Raica, 61, is the fifth Bishop of Gaylord, succeeding the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda who was named to the lead the diocese in October of 2009 and served until September, 2013, when he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. The son of Mary and the late Steven Raica, with Polish/Italian roots, Bishop-elect Raica was born on November 8, 1952 in Munising, Michigan. His mother and brother, Joseph, currently reside in Marquette, Michigan. Bishop-elect Raica’s Episcopal Ordination has been set for August 28, 2014, at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord.
Our 2nd Youth Mass was a huge success with 47 youth of our parish having roles in the Mass. Thank you to all families who participated and assisted in some way. Special thanks goes to our Middle School Youth Group, led by Pam Carrigan and Becky Travis, for putting on a fun filled dinner and carnival afterwards. Memories were made and a fun time was had by all! If you would like to help plan or have ideas for our next Youth Mass and Social, please contact Bridget Thuente at 938-7179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.