Religious Education

FAITH FORMATION: We offer faith formation opportunities for Preschool-Grade 12 at Our Lady of the Lake.  Families with children in Grades 5 and under participate in the Family of Faith program, and students in Grades 6-12 form YDisciple Small Groups.

Instead of parents dropping off kids on Wed nights for a classroom model of learning, this model brings families together in a dynamic atmosphere, empowering parents to be the primary example of faith to their children, and helping the whole family grow closer to God. 

A FAMILY OF FAITH (FOF) – for students in Pre-K - Grade 5

Family of Faith

2 SESSIONS PER MONTH

  •  Wednesday night. 
  • The 1st Session (1st Wednesday of the month) is a parent meeting – to present the topic for the month at an adult level, to help equip parents with tools to bring faith formation into their home, and build community among parish families
  • The 2nd Session (3rd Wednesday of the month) is a community meeting – where the whole family comes and fosters friendships, shares what they’ve learned at home, and joins in community activities & fun

 

VISION

The VISION for A Family of Faith is strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents. 

 

CONTENT

There is a 4 year cycle to go through all 4 pillars of the Church in 4 years.  This year we are diving into CHRISTIAN PRAYER

This volume focuses on Christian prayer, and why it is so essential for growing in relationship with God.  After exploring the covenant drama of prayer in Scripture, families learn the richness of the Our Father, the major expression of prayer, and the example of the Virgin Mary in conversations with God.  Throughout the whole year, families are equipped to put into practice all that they learn, forming a fruitful prayer life.  Families are given a new item each month to build up a home prayer table/shrine. 

 

Website for A Family of Faith:

https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/family-of-faith

Video - Testimonies from families who have fallen in love with this approach to faith formation at a parish in Omaha that is having a lot of success with it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zclHs6hLIQ

YDisciple Small Groups – for students in Grades 6-12

 

Discipleship groups are groups of 4-8 teens that meet on a regular basis with adult mentors who lead them in conversation about their faith and how we live it out.  Groups are flexible, parent-partnered, Catholic and “the next level.” 

 

Groups are encouraged to meet at times that work best for that specific group (any day, before or after school, evenings, etc.) and where they want.  Groups are encouraged to meet in comfortable environments such as homes and coffee shops.  They’re also encouraged to choose their own adult mentor… someone who they already know & see living out the faith in their life (we have some great people in mind too, if they need suggestions).

 

Solid catechetical content is provided by YDisciple, a youth discipleship platform powered by NET Ministries. 

 

This short video explains how transformational this model can be for our parish and for your teens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFeM8XEZGm4

 

Website for YDisciple:

                https://ydisciple.com/

FORMED has many of the videos that will be used to help with the teaching portion of the groups.  See many different studies your teen can choose from here:

                https://watch.formed.org/ydisciple

SACRAMENTS: First Reconciliation and First Communion are received in 2nd grade or above, and Confirmation is received in 10th grade or above.  Students seeking the receive Sacraments should be participating in ongoing faith formation, and then Sacrament prep is in addition to that.   

Confirmation Process Explained (Deacon Tim): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOXj6Fui0CU 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW): Every Sunday during the 9am Mass, kids can go out during the readings and homily for a Children’s version of the Gospel, short discussion and activity that coincide with that week’s message from the readings.  Most kids are age 3-8, but any ages are welcome.

*During the current time, we are not offering Children's Liturgy.  We will hopefully start again soon, but in the meantime we have activity booklets & pencils/crayons in the foyer for children to take on their way into Mass.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW): Every Sunday during the 9am Mass, kids can go out during the readings and homily for a Children’s version of the Gospel, short discussion and activity that coincide with that week’s message from the readings.  Most kids are age 3-8, but any ages are welcome.

*During the current time, we are not offering Children's Liturgy.  We will hopefully start again soon, but in the meantime we have activity booklets & pencils/crayons in the foyer for children to take on their way into Mass.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  If you feel called by God to make an impact on the children and youth of our parish, there are many opportunities to help (from being up in front, to behind the scenes duties).  

For more information contact:

Anna Richardson, Director of Faith Formation

  715-685-1720 

arichardson11@gmail.com