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:

1. Mass

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.

Registration

The deadline for registration for the 2022-23 year was June 19, 2022.  Registration is currently closed. If you are new to the parish, or were unable to register during the advertised registration period, please contact Stacy Austin (PreK – 6) or Miguel de Angel (grades 7 – 12).

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.

To determine which Meeting(s) you must attend:

Do you have any students preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and/or Confirmation (in either Year 1 or Year 2):

  1. If NO, attend only the quarterly Gospel Weeklies Parent Meetings.  Attend the First Quarter (Q1) Meeting: Monday, September 12 OR Thursday, September 15 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm). See below for meeting dates for Q2, Q3 and Q4
  1. If YES, choose your meeting based upon the Sacrament your child(ren) is preparing to receive*:
    • First Communion (Elementary Grades 2-6):  Attend Wednesday, September 7 OR Thursday, September 8 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm);
    • Confirmation (Middle/High School, including those who also need First Communion): Tuesday September, 13 OR Wednesday, September 14 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm);

*At these Sacrament meetings, families will receive information about future meetings and events specifically related to Sacrament preparation AND their Q1 Gospel Weeklies material for the Sacrament preparation students AND any registered siblings. You do NOT also have to attend the Sept 12/13 Gospel Weeklies Parent Meeting. If you have an Elementary First Communion AND a Middle/High School Confirmation student you must attend BOTH Sacrament preparation meetings.

All Registered Families – Parents must attend future quarterly Gospel Weeklies meetings:

  • Quarter 2: Wednesday, November 9 or Thursday, November 10 (English: 6 – 7pm; Spanish 7:30-8:30pm)
  • 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)

Sacramental Preparation

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.

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