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Formation at St. Jude of the Lake

Jul 30, 2015

Intentional Discipleship / Faith Formation

In times past, Faith Formation was known as Religious Education, a name that implies the conveying of information.  Certainly there needs to be shared information, but Faith Formation is much more.  Faith formation goes beyond informing, to forming disciples, disciples who will take on the
 Mission of Jesus: To Love as He Loved.  It is our goal that ALL will be transformed.

Sacrament of Confirmation: 8th Grade

The Church has always respected the sensus fidei of the faithful. Pope Francis writes, “As part of his mysterious love for humanity, God furnishes the totality of the faithful with an instinct of faith – sensus fidei – which helps them discern what is truly of God.” In consultation with parents and staff, we have decided to offer the sacrament of Confirmation to students at the end of their 8th grade year. This year, the 8th and 9th grade students will receive the sacrament in late Spring. Confirmation small groups – whose mission is forming disciples - will be held on Wednesday evenings at 4:15 (8th grade) and 6:15 (9th Grade). Retreats, speakers, and other activities will occur at other times. The 10th grade students will meet on Sundays, and be Confirmed on November 14th, as planned.

Forming Disciples (8th grade+): In the years following Confirmation we plan to have opportunities for full immersion into the young adult life of St. Jude: exciting events [The Underground!], group and mini retreats by grade level, leadership formation opportunities, dynamic speakers, small gatherings for prayer and bible studies, Music ministry, and service opportunities. Students: I welcome your ideas!
We have received some first-year Confirmation forms and will have more available on the website, in the parish office, and in the Church breezeway.
Forming Disciples: Faith Formation, K-7th grade

There are four pillars of Faith Formation:  Proclamation of the Gospel, prayer and worship, service, and building community.  St. Jude of the Lake Faith Formation makes use of all of these means to evangelize our young people.

Pre-K through Middle School classes are offered each Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.  Grade 1 through Grade 7 have an additional 6:15 p.m. class each Wednesday.  Pre-K and Kindergarten are offered Sunday mornings during the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Registration forms can be found at all the entryways to the Church, in the parish office or choose one of the links below to download a registration form.

Faith Formation (PreK-7th grade)
Confirmation (8th, 9th, 10th)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: If you or someone you know wants to learn more about the Catholic faith, consider taking part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Contact Kaye for more information.

Please hold all of our staff and programming in prayer, as your families are in ours.
Fr. Cory Rohlfing, Pastor
Kaye Cassidy, Director of Faith Formation
Laura Stierman, Director of Youth and Young Adult Formation