OUR PROGRAM


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Faith Formation is an integral aspect of any Church Community therefore the purpose of St. Anthony’s Faith Formation Program is to provide an atmosphere conducive to continued faith formation for all students. Classes are currently offered to students in kindergarten through the 9th grade, and are held on Sunday mornings, mid-September through the end of April. Our Youth Group-Aged students are encouraged to join the St. Mary’s of Lowell Youth Group [BarbVezino (616) 897-9820]. For 2017 – 2018, classes begin September 17th and are held from 9:45 am to 11:00 am in the church classrooms.

Believers are called to respond to the gift of God through prayer, participation in the sacraments, the liturgy, ecclesial and social commitment, works of charity and promotion of human values, such as liberty, justice and peace and the protection of creation. In Catechesis, therefore, subjects take on commitment in activities of faith, hope and charity, to acquire the capacity and rectitude of judges, to strengthen their personal conversion, and to a Christian praxis in their lives. (GDC, #157).

For more information, and/or to register your child for Faith Formation classes, contact Florence Price at StAnthonyofSaranac@gmail.com

Faith Formation links for more information and registration:

ROLE OF THE PARENT

Parents are called by God to be both teachers and examples of faith. The religious education of our children begins at home because it is at home that they learn about life and love. Indeed, home is often referred to as the “domestic church” because what is learned in church will be internalized only if it is lived at home.

In his letter to families, Pope John Paul II wrote:

“Parents are the first and most important educators of their children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area; they are educators because they are parents.”

THE CATECHIST

. . . facilitates the process of faith formation first by echoing the word of God in his or her own life, and second by helping others to do the same. Each catechist is important because he or she is a living example dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in a classroom setting. The catechist learns and grows with adults, families, adolescents, and children, passing on a living faith. The Church awakens and discerns this divine vocation and confers the mission to catechize. The Lord Jesus invites men and women, in a special way, to follow him, teacher and formator of disciples. (GDC 231)

We are committed to offer effective ways to help the catechetical ministry thrive through the formation of its leaders.

MISSION OUTREACH

Students will be encouraged to be actively involved in living the Catholic faith based on the principles of justice and Christian love and service.  Students at each grade level will have opportunities to use their talents and gifts to be of service to others in and outside of our community.

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