Penance Service - Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00PM

Ministries

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES

 

Baptism Requirement

In accordance with diocesan policy, baptism is required for all catechetical programs and for sacramental preparation. We must have a copy of the baptismal certificate for each registered person.

If your child is not baptized and has not yet reached 7 years of age:
Information packets are available from the Parish Office. Baptisms are celebrated on Sunday after the 12:15 p.m. Mass. Parents who want their children baptized at Good Shepherd must be registered parishioners for at least 3 months and then attend a preparation class before the Baptism.

If your child is not baptized and is between the ages of 8 - 18:
See Sacramental Preparation

If you are 18 years old or older and would like to be baptized:
See RCIA


Elementary (Pre-k/K – 5th) Faith Formation

Glenn Valois, glenn@goodshepherdparish.net,  ext. 1232

Our Elementary Faith Formation is offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In all languages, the text that is used is Finding God by Loyola Press This text is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, has activities for parents, and a website so what was learned in Faith Formation at the Parish can be brought home as well (www.LoyoaPress.com). For children who are of age, we also have Sacramental Preparation sessions!

Our catechists are very gifted men and women whose love for the Lord inspires them to answer the call to proclaim his words and deeds to others. All our volunteers are trained and background screen in compliance with the Diocesan Safe Environment Procedures.

English Pre-School through-8 Faith Formation: Sessions for Pre-school and Kindergarten meet on Sunday mornings. Sessions for Middle school meet Monday nights and sessions 1-6 meet in the evenings on Monday through Thursday.

Spanish Faith Formation: Sessions in Spanish meet on Thursday nights. Sr. Norma is the Hispanic Elementary Coordinator. Confirmation sessions in Spanish meet on Tuesday nights.

Vietnamese Faith Formation: All sessions are held on Saturdays. The Faith Formation sessions are preceded by Vietnamese Culture and Language sessions for Pre-school through 8th grade. Roger Tran is the Coordinator for this program.


Middle School Ministry

Stephanie Espinoza, stephanie@goodshepherdparish.net, ext. 1230

The primary purpose of the Middle School Ministry is to walk with middle school students and their families on their faith journeys by exposing them to the message and life of Jesus, by modeling a life of discipleship (social justice, community, love of neighbor), and challenging them to use their gifts to build God’s kingdom here on earth.

The program components are as follows:
"To inspire the youth of our community by instilling a stronger faith within them so that they may be an example through their writing, their voice, their leadership, and most importantly, their hearts."


Young Adult Ministry * CURRENTLY INACTIVE *

Glenn Valois, glenn@goodshepherdparish.net,  ext. 1232

We are a venue for young adults 18-39, single and married, to build and strengthen relationships with Christ, with one another, and with the wider community. By offering spiritual, social, and service opportunities, we hope to help fellow young adults grow in faith, deepen their commitment to justice as faithful Roman Catholics. (MISSION STATEMENT)

There are five components to the group: Evangelization, Catechesis, Social, Spiritual, and Service.


Sacramental Preparation

Please note Baptism requirement above.

The sacramental dimension of the Good Shepherd Parish Faith Formation ministries is designed to support and deepen the spiritual life of our parish family. Through the sacraments, the Church celebrates and acknowledges that the center of every expression of faith is the presence of Jesus Christ. The opportunity for deepening one’s relationship with Jesus and the Christian community is a unique part of each sacrament. Preparation for all sacraments includes prayer and shared faith, as well as study and reflection on their meaning.


 First Eucharist / First Reconciliation


The First Eucharist preparation process is, first & foremost, family-centered, recognizing the fact that there is no better or more effective catechist for a child than his or her parent(s).


Adult Faith Formation Minisrtries

Glenn Valois, glenn@goodshepherdparish.net,  ext. 1232

Ongoing faith formation for adults is essential for the church proclaim the King of God is here!  To be a faithful catholic we must be a “practicing” catholic.  Our faith is a living faith, and at the center of our faith is not the bible, it is not the catechism, at the heart of our faith is a person, the person of Jesus Christ.


Adult Confirmation

Glenn Valois, glenn@goodshepherdparish.net,  ext. 1232

For anyone (over 18) who was baptized Catholic and have not celebrated their First Holy Communion and/or received the sacrament of Confirmation. Small groups will meet in the Fall and will continue on in the Spring to prepare for Confirmation in the Easter Season.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Glenn Valois, glenn@goodshepherdparish.net,  ext. 1232

How Do I Become A Catholic? The RCIA Process:

Rejoice O Mother Church!
The Risen Savior shines upon you! Exult in glory!
Echoing the mighty song of all God's people!

(from the Easter Proclamation)

Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfill these very human yearnings, the realization that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshipping community to guide one’s journey in faith. Many will ask the question: How can I become a Catholic? 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normal way for unbaptized persons and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic.  If you have been baptized Catholic but never celebrated First Eucharist and/or Confirmation, please call the Faith Formation office at 858-271-8769.

 

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