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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle and High School: Contact Genni Sayers, email@example.com
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 11th!
All Elementary school students (PreK-5th grade) are asked to bring a single stem of their favorite flower on the first day of classes!
Angela Wonderly, Coordinator 214-212-1986 Or AngelaWonderly@outlook.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.
February 7 through May 1, 2016
The Christ - A Faithful Picture of Jesus from the Gospels
Alfred McBride, O. Praem - Professor Emeritus, St. John XXIII Seminary
“I believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God…” but how well do you really know him? Father Alfred McBride, O.Praem, introduces Jesus Christ—God, Man, Savior, Friend—through the writings of the evangelists. Only through studying all four Gospels can we arrive at a complete picture of the Lord.
Fr. McBride begins with an examination of Matthew’s Gospel, which shows in fascinating detail Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and his inauguration of the kingdom of God. In Mark, we hear Jesus’ call to discipleship and the narrow road of a Christian life. Luke wrote to a gentile world and shows us Christ in his humanity, while John reveals Jesus’ glory and divinity. Fr. McBride examines the different aspects of Christ’s personality, nature, and mission highlighted in each of the four Gospels to form a faithful picture of Jesus.
Ordained in 1953, Fr. Alfred McBride holds a doctorate in religious education from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of over forty books, including a volume of commentary and meditation for each of the four Gospels. His articles have been published by Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Update, and Lay Witness. In 2008, he was named one of the most influential religious education leaders of the 20th century by the Talbot School of Theology.
Feb 7 Introduction & Materials
Feb 14 NO CLASS: Dr. David Welsh—“Keeping the Romance Alive:
Maintaining a Happy Healthy Marriage”
Feb 21, 28, Mar 6 Chapters One, Two & Three
March 13 NO CLASS—Spring Break
March 20 Chapter Four
March 27 NO CLASS—Easter Sunday
April 3, 10, 17, 24 Chapters Five, Six, Seven & Eight
May 1 Review/Discussion/Questions