Holy Family encourages life-long catechesis for our parishioners to grow in their faith. To that end, we provide a variety of programs for students from 3 years through adults. Whole Community Catechesis (WCC) is our Sunday morning religious education program which meets in between the 9:15 and 12:00 Masses from 10:30-11:45 am. In addition to WCC, we also offer a variety of other programs throughout the year designed to help our parishioners develop their spirituality and grow in faith. We offer evening programs, one day retreats, workshops, guest speakers and lecture series such as our annual parish AWAKENING!. We also hold a Vacation Bible Camp each summer for our children and youth. In addition to our programs, we have a variety of resources available for home study through our parish library and our CD's from Lighthouse Media. There are so many different ways to learn and grow in your faith, we encourage you to start TODAY!
WCC Volunteers Needed!
Join the Whole Community Catechesis team! Feel the wonder of the Holy Spirit! Make lifelong friends! Team Teaching - Meet other adult volunteers that will co-teach with you! Training Provided! If you are interested in sharing your time and gifts, please contact:
Elementary (PreK - 5th Grade): Contact Pam Sapienza, email@example.com
Middle and High School: Contact Genni Sayers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be as thorough as possible when filling out your registration.
A multi-student discount is automatically applied at check-out. If you cannot afford the fees, please contact the Formation Office, assistance is available. We want EVERYONE to be able to participate!
See you on Sunday, September 10!
All Elementary school students (PreK-5th grade) are asked to bring a "Me Bag": Prepare a brown lunch sack bag with several items that reflect something about who you are or what you like. These items might include:
Liz Furman, Coordinator 425-466-4444 Or LizCFurman@gmail.com
This program is offered at the 5pm Mass on Saturday and at the 9:15am Mass on Sunday. Children ages 4 - 12 are dismissed with adult worship leaders who present to them the weekly Sunday scriptures from the Children's Lectionary, which is age appropriate. Adult and teen worship leaders receive training and guidebooks. All worship leaders must attend Keeping Children Safe.
Pre- 3 year olds: We are using Catholic Icing ABC. They are engaging lessons that are age appropriate and allow for success regardless of learning styles.
Pre -4 and Kindergarten: We are using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, Seeds and Promise. The lessons come from the Sunday Gospel so the children learn their faith within in the liturgical year.
Scope and Sequence Chart:
Grades 1st – 5th : We use a series entitled “Finding God” by Loyola Press A Jesuit Ministry
It is an integrated curriculum that uses a spiral method throughout the grades. The lessons are engaging allow exploration of faith through art and personal expression. In essence we are focused on how to live out our faith. The following websites should help people to better understand the curriculum. There are also online activities to do at home to reinforce what has been taught in the classroom
Loyola Press Finding God sight:
Scope and sequence sight:
Sample of the spiral curriculum:
God, Revelation, and Faith
The Holy Spirit energizes and brings life to the Church and to all baptized believers. Throughout these sessions the participants will explore how the Holy Spirit moves in God's people and will disciver concrete ways that the Holy Spirit is present in the world today. They will examine how the gift of God's grace is made possible by the Spirit and what it means to be invited to participate in God's life. The participants will reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these gifts help them to respond to God's love. In exploring the Holy Spirit's activity in the Church, the young people will look at how God's Spirit was present in the lives of the Apostles, examine various models that help us understand the meaning of Church, and look at how all the baptized participate in the mission of Christ to make disciples of all nations. The remaining sessions focus on what is needed to enter God's Kingdom and how Mary, the saints, and those whose lives reflect the qualities, values, and beliefs that characterize Jesus' followers can serve as models of faithful discipleship.
Throughout these sessions the young people will address the basic questions of who God is and how we come to know God. They will be presented with the understanding of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is revealed through Sacred Tradition and the Sacred Scriptures. The participants will also explore the meaning of our human existence and how God is actively involved in the work of our salvation. Though it is God who saves us, the young people will be challenged to do their part: respond to God with faith.
The Holy Spirit and the Church
The Holy Spirit energizes and brings life to the Church and to all baptized believers. Throughout these sessions the participants will explore how the Holy Spirit moves in God's people and will discover concrete ways that the Holy Spirit is present in the world today.They will examine how the gift of God's grace is made possible by the Spirit and what it means to be invited to participate in God's life. The participants will reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these gifts help them to respond to God's love. In exploring the Holy Spirit's activity in the Church, the young people will look at how God's Spirit was present in the lives of the Apostles, examine various models that help us to understand the meaning of Church, and look at how all the baptized participate in the mission of Christ to make disciples of all nations. The remaining sessions focus on what is needed to enter God's Kingdom and how Mary, the saints, and those whose lives reflect the qualities, values, and beliefs that characterize Jesus' followers can serve as models of faithful discipleship.
The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth
The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth is a comprehensive overview of the Catholic faith, in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It's 39 chapters cover the Creed, liturgy and Sacraments, Christian morality, and prayer. The main text of each chapter presents a particular topic of the Catholic faith. The sidebar articles in the chapter enhance the main text by connecting the topic to prayer, Catholic saints, Catholic history, and lived faith.
Each lesson has four components: the opening prayer, a Study It! component, a Live It! component, and a Pray It! component. Pray It! Study It! Live It! resources offer a holistic approach to learning, living and passing on the Catholic faith.
Sundays 10:30-11:45 am
September 10 through April 29, 2018
Exploring the Letters of St. Paul
The adult program for this 2017/2018 year will be an exploration of the letters of St. Paul—the oldest canonical texts in the New Testament. From the way Paul and contemporaries wrote, used and understood letter writing to an in depth look at Apostle Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon, Galatians, Corinthians, and Romans. By examining these letters in the chronological order in which they were written, we can appreciate how Paul’s epistolary skills and theology developed as he responded to the issues and concerns that prompted him to write to the five churches. We will also look at the other texts in the Pauline corpus—generally accepted by scholars to be written by anonymous authors who wrote in Paul’s name for both honoring Paul and giving the letters credibility. In this light, we will look at 2nd Thessalonians, Colossians, and Ephesians, looking at the unique character of the texts and the circumstances that prompted their composition. We will also look at the letters addressed to Timothy and Titus. This fascinating course will give you a greater understanding of Paul and his works and bring you to the heart of the New Testament.