Family Formation is our K-5th-grade Religious Education program. It emphasizes the role of the parents in the formation of their children as well as handing on the truths of the faith and introducing the child to a personal, prayerful relationship with Christ to children in an accessible way. The program meets once a month on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. During these nights parents and their children learn about and deepen their Catholic faith. Children attend grade level classes with trained catechists while parents engage in their own adult sessions which feature speakers, videos, and group discussions. These sessions are guideposts. The real meat of the program is done at home. At each session, we send home a packet of Home Lessons with each family that they are to go through together. These Home Lessons are designed for parents to teach their children in a family setting in their home. This encourages and allows parents to witness by their actions and life the importance of their Catholic Faith to their children. Family Formation allows parents to successfully fulfill their God-given role as the primary educators of their children by completing Home Lessons received during Family Formation nights.
Ignite! is a middle and high school program designed to meet the needs of our youth at St. George. It meets bi-monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00. Built around the four pillars of the Catechism, the curriculum is on a four-year rotation. Youth participate in large group games, activities, and speaker events while also engaging in small group discussion with trained catechists. This small/large group approach allows youth to experience and build a Catholic culture among themselves in daily living while forming healthy and authentic relationships to grow their spiritual lives. Opportunities for prayer and sacramental life are offered through scheduled Adoration and Confession times throughout the year. Social events and group outings are also included to allow for positive human formation within the youth. In addition, we hold a monthly optional parent session where, like the Family Formation session, the parents go through their own material in order to engage with what their children are learning. We also offer resources for parents to continue the formative process at home.
Our YDisciple small groups for teens are informal groups led by adults in the parish for kids that either want more than just the regular religious education programs or for those who have been confirmed and what to keep growing in their faith. We use a combination of the YDisciple materials on formed.org and any books or other materials/programs the teens in the small groups want to go through. If you have a teen interested in joining a group or if you are an adult who would like to get involved and lead a group, you can contact Zach for more information.
We use YDisciple's online content quite a bit for both our Ignite program and teen discipleship groups. YDisciple is a small group based program that uses activities, video, and discussion guides led by an adult to help teens learn and experience their faith. The beauty of this program is that it is built for parental engagement. You are able to watch all the videos and see the material that we will be teaching your child, and you can engage them in a discussion about it. They even have parent guides for your use.
To gain access to the videos and other resources, create a free account on formed.org:
Use the parish code: Y883W7