K – 12
Parents are the first formers of their children’s faith, and the family is where that faith is lived out daily. Good Shepherd is here to provide guidance and support to parents as you fulfill your promise, made at your child’s baptism, to bring them up in the fullness of the Catholic faith.
Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation program has a three-pronged approach:
The first and most critical element is the family’s weekly attendance at Mass. All other aspects of the program, and of our faith, stem from the Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our faith.
2. Weekly At-Home Program
Utilizing the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies materials. Bring the Mass alive for your family with this liturgically based program focusing on the Sunday Gospels. Support materials include The Gospel at Home weekly resource with discussion starters and activity ideas related to the week’s theme, videos for the entire family, and on-line assessments and reviews.
All students participate in the Gospel Weeklies program. If your child is preparing for a sacrament there are additional requirements.
3. Family Events
Good Shepherd will host monthly gatherings for a particular event (Christmas), a special date on the liturgical calendar (All Saints Day or Mardi Gras), or a particular feast day – such as Saint Lucy or Saint Nicholas. We encourage all families to attend as many of these events as possible so that your children experience their membership in the Good Shepherd community of faith.
St. Nicholas Adoration and Dinner
Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7pm
All families are invited to join us for a family-friendly Adoration from 5:30 – 6pm. There will be dinner served afterwards. Click here to RSVP.
Journey to the Manger
Friday, December 9, 6 – 8pm and Sunday, December 11 after 9am and 10:30am Mass
Prepare for Christmas with this multi-activity event where you will meet shepherds and angels who came to see the newborn King. Join us Friday night and explore the city of Bethlehem, visit the shops and make an ornament, interact with the wisemen, watch the Nativity story come to life, and purchase dinner from the Bethlehem Café (all proceeds benefit High School work camp). On Sunday come after Mass for a self guided tour.
Click here to RSVP for the Friday night event. No RSVP is needed for Sunday, December 5.
Faith Formation Meetings
Parents are required to attend Faith Formation meetings as shown below. We have tried to ensure that Parents only need to attend one meeting; however, if you have both elementary and middle/high school students receiving sacraments, you will need to attend both sacrament meetings since they include very different requirements.
Quarter 2 Meetings will be held in conjunction with the presentation on Poverty in our Neighborhoods and Schools: Tuesday, November 8 or Thursday, November 10 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm)
All Registered Families – Parents must attend future quarterly Gospel Weeklies meetings:
- Quarter 3: Tuesday, January 10 or Wednesday, January 11 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm)
- Quarter 4: Tuesday, March 7 or Wednesday, March 8 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm)
Grades 1 – 6
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a two-year process that typically begins in 1st grade and the children receive these sacraments in May of their 2nd year.
In addition to attending Mass and participating in the Gospel Weeklies program and Family Events, children who are preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will have additional requirements.
Contact Stacy Austin with any questions about grades 1 – 6 sacramental preparation.
Grades 7 – 12
At Good Shepherd, preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process which typically occurs during 7th and 8th grades with Confirmation taking place in Fall of the 9th grade year.
If your Middle or High Schooler has not yet received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist, preparation for those sacraments will have additional requirements. First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will take place in the Spring of their second year of preparation.
Contact Miguel DeAngel with any questions about grades 7 – 12 sacramental preparation.