Sunday Morning Pre-K Faith Formation

This stage of spiritual formation is for children, ages 3-6, who participate in the Sunday morning Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes during our 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses from late September through May. Our youngest children will be nurtured and encouraged by our parish family to grow in faith, build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, build community, and serve those in need. Using hands-on experiences, this Montessori-based method will help the children learn to pray, reflect on Bible stories, and fall in love with Jesus, hopefully, for their lifetime.

Belong | Children naturally form a community in their class by participating in group prayer,
processions of the liturgical seasons and special events like All Saints Day, Epiphany, and the
Liturgy of the Light celebration after Easter.
Families, too, are invited to relax and get to know each other during our biannual donut socials.
Parents are offered an information session in June and a Parent Orientation in August, which will
facilitate their understanding of the method of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Believe | As children begin to work with the scriptural and liturgical materials, they will form a
personal relationship with Jesus through meditation, prayer and periods of silence. Parents are
encouraged to take their children to Mass weekly, especially our Children’s Liturgy, held on the
second Sunday of each month at the 9:00 am Mass.

Become | Children are formed by responding to the materials they work with by creating
original artwork that reinforces the Gospel stories shared and choosing works off the shelf to
encounter.

Beyond | Children and parents will have the opportunity to serve the needy each Advent and
Lent through organized service projects. Families are encouraged to participate in other service
opportunities available in and around the parish to further live out Jesus’ message to love our
neighbor.

Registration opens annually in April and space is limited for this popular program.