In the last many years, preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation has been removed from the schools' curriculum and has been left up to the parents and the church. As such, a program has been established to give the children and their parents the required information for these sacraments and more importantly, to prepare them spiritually and practically for them.
With the introduction of the Faith First Program at Good Shepherd, Sacrament Preparation will be integrated into a Catechetical preparation that involves bringing the church teaching into the family setting.
The Church makes clear that the role of parents in the faith formation of their children is
both a wonderful privilege and an obligation grounded in the promises made when their
children were presented for Baptism.
Take heart! In his 1994 Letter to Families, John Paul II reminds that “parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents.”
The Parish of Good Shepherd , shares in this sacred responsibility of faith formation and we are well aware that faith, which is both a gift from God and our free response to God, is best lived in community.
As such, the Faith First Home-Parish Catechesis Program has been developed to help you, as parents, tend to this important ministry. Faith First is a three-year (30 hours/year) commitment geared to educate Catholic children (who are currently enrolled in, or who have completed, Grade 3) in doctrine, Scripture, morality, and liturgy as to weave these themes into their everyday life experience. The program, adopted by the Diocese of St Jean Longueuil (and all surrounding dioceses), is compulsory for children wanting to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. That is, after the first year of study in Faith First, children will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and after the third year of study, the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Do not hesitate to communicate with us or with any of the dedicated volunteer catechists in our community and, in the meantime, do explore the excellent Faith First online resource at: www.faithfirst.com
Many blessings on your family as you journey in faith together!
Karen De Koninck, Alex Lasalle, Diane Lemay, Christine Wright
For more information, please contact the Parish at (450) 676 7577