“On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring our over and over: ‘Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen, and free you.” The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis I, n. 164
Catechetical Advisory Board (CAB)
One of our goals this year is to establish a Catechetical Advisory Board (CAB) which would regularly survey parish members’ faith formation needs and interests. The CAB would be comprised of staff members and four to six parish members representing a variety of demographics. They would meet regularly to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and services provided for catechesis. THey would promote GIFT as our primary form of catechesis for the entire parish, not just for families with children.
Adult Faith Formation
This ministry offers opportunities for people to renew and enrich their faith experiences. We offer seasonal Bible Study, Breaking Open the Word, Small Faith Communities, retreats and other faith activities. We also connect people to workshops, retreats and classes happening in other communities, parishes and dioceses.
Preparing for this special event involves reviewing our own call to being Catholic. An initial interview, followed by a baptismal preparation class expands the experience of being Catholic and explains the Rite of Baptism. Classes are offered on the third Saturday of the month at 11:00 am by appointment. Contact Liz to schedule an appointment.
Breaking Open the Word
All parishioners are invited to “Break Open the Word” every Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Participants share their insights, questions and experiences related to the ideas and lessons presented in the Scripture readings for the day. A guidebook which includes the readings, prayers and other resources for Scripture study is provided.
F.I.S.H. – Friends in Service to Him
FISH is a special program for children in kindergarten through 4th grades offered during the 10:30 am Sunday Mass. Trained volunteer catechists take turns leading this program, celebrating the Liturgy of the Word with the children at a level appropriate to their understanding.
Preparation for this third sacrament of initiation leads high-school-aged participants through a process of study, reflection, involvement in parish life, and engagement with peers, parents and sponsors. St. Matthias and St. Pius parishes join together, with meetings and activities held at both churches over the course of the 10-month program.
GIFT – Generations in Faith Together
GIFT is our intergenerational faith formation program for all parishioners. Once a month gatherings are offered on Sundays and repeated on Wednesday evenings. Participants come together to share a meal, pray and learn about a topic. Smaller group discussions and activities to explore the topic are broken our by age level. This is the primary faith formation program for children in the parish.
When you have decided to take this important step, initial contact with our Parish Life Coordinator (Deacon Rich Foley) will help you consider the spiritual issues of this sacrament of marriage, as well as plan for the church ceremony or Mass.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
This process if for adult individuals interested in living as Catholics, in receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation; or hoping to update their faith at an adult level. It may also be appropriate for baptized Catholic wishing to return to actively practicing their faith.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
This program is for elementary of high school school-aged children who are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist. It is an addition to family participation at GIFT.
Youth Ministry (Middle & High School)
Our Youth Ministry program encourages young people to be active in parish life and form community with others in their age group. Middle School Youth Ministry meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday evening from 6-8pm; High School Youth Ministry meetings are held once a month on a Sunday evening from 5-7 pm. Adult helpers are welcome.
Contact Sabrina Harper to find out more information about any of these programs.