GENERATIONS OF FAITH
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Generations of Faith is an innovative approach to parish faith formation that involves all generations in learning and growing together through their experience and participation in parish life. This inter-generational approach to religious education nurtures a Catholic identity in all parishioners for a lifetime. At each GOF session, we strive to;
1. re-engage all generations in participating in church life, especially Sunday Liturgy;
2. equip and support families and adults, especially parents;
3. create a pattern of family faith sharing and a Christian way of life;
4. involve all of the generations in learning together;
5. transform the parish community into a community of lifelong learners.
Generations of Faith equips the parish to become a community of learning by creating lifelong faith formation that is centered in the events of church life, that embraces all ages and generations, and that promotes faith growth at home; it does this through parish preparation programs, and, most importantly, through participation in church life.
The Generations of Faith three-fold method of teaching prepares the participants to understand the events of church life and prepares all ages to participate actively in church life through themes of Liturgy, the Church Year feasts and seasons, the Sacraments, etc. Generations of Faith engages all ages and generations in church events, and guides them in reflecting and applying the significance and meaning of the events to their lives. It is not just religious ed; it is connected education, which means that the program leads directly to participation in Church life. Learning programs draw their content from church events and lead people toward active, conscious, meaningful participation in church events.
2013-2014 GENERATIONS OF FAITH THEME -The Creed: More Than Words
When we stand and proclaim “I believe…” at Mass, do we really mean what we say? The Creed tells the heart of our faith and explains who we are as Catholics. This year we’ll learn The Nicene Creed “by heart”- and come to know how what we believe affects the way we live our lives as Catholic Christians.
The Generations of Faith process has eight scheduled 2.5 hour sessions (Faith Festivals) and all generations are invited. At these sessions, your whole household will learn about the teaching theme at each member’s age level. Adults learn about the topic in ways that they can relate to, as do parents (who are also coached to share their faith and beliefs at home), teenagers, and children from pre-k to grade 5.
+ The once a month two and half hour preparation session is simple in concept. The gathering includes hospitality, fellowship, prayer and learning. A sample afternoon or evening session might include (times are approximate):
Part 1. Gathering (40 minutes) – Registration and Hospitality (meal) – Opening Prayer, All Ages Learning Experience
Part 2. In-Depth Learning Experiences (90 minutes) – Age appropriate learning experiences in smaller groups
Part 3. Sharing Learning Reflections and Home Application
Part 4. Closing Prayer