Parish Wide Curriculum 2017

Finding God – Parish- Wide Enrichment

One of the primary responsibilities of a parish community is to foster the faith of its parishioners through religious education. Mistakenly, this is sometimes reduced to merely having a parish school and/or a K-8 Religious Education program, but in fact, the responsibility extends to all ages as we pursue the knowledge of and relationship with God.
But how do we do that and what will we study?

Thankfully, our parish now has a unified curriculum that extends across the entire parish through Loyola Press’ Finding God series. This series is built on a spiraling curriculum that enriches the capacity of each student year by year over set themes. Both our parish school and K-8 Religious Education programs have adopted this curriculum, which provides a strong framework for the rest of the parish. For the first time, our parish bulletin, homilies, classrooms, media, and adult education opportunities will have a common theme from which to draw and every subgroup will be having variations on the same subject at the same time.

This is not only helpful for efficiency of planning, but it also makes sense when offering parents and adults opportunities for faith formation. If you have a child or grandchild in our K-8 programs, you may sometimes wonder how to answer the questions they have about what they are studying in religion class. How beneficial it would be to have a corresponding program for adults that offers broader context to what is going on in the classroom. How much more helpful is it when articles found in the bulletin and on social media reinforce the conversations our teachers are having with their students.

From now until late October, we will be focusing on the first unit of the Finding God curriculum entitled “God our Father and Creator.” During this period, we will be emphasizing the conversations about who God is, how we come to know God, especially through creation.
If you would like a more in-depth presentation to accompany this conversation, you are invited to attend our “God our Father and Creator” session for adults on Sunday, October 15 from 8:50am to 9:50am or on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm. Both presentations will be in the Social Hall.

In future weeks and months, please be mindful of the united conversation we will have between our students, families, and parishioners as we continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

There will be similar presentations for adults during all of the months listed in the parish-wide curriculum below. Please join us in growing as disciples together.

To read more about the overall curriculum, visit https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/finding-god/finding-god-2013

 

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