Faith Formation sessions for 2017-2018 will begin the week of September 24, 2017
Two ways to register:
Download the form to complete and submit to the Faith Formation Office.
**Includes description of programs for all ages.
**Must be submitted for ALL Sacrament Preparation, including Communion & Confirmation
- Through My Own Church
- Click on this link: https://connectnow.parishsoft.com/grandrapids
- NEW USER?
- “New User?” to create your account
- Select St Robert of Newminster, Ada in the Organization dropdown menu
- Complete the form and Submit Registration
- When your registration is accepted, login to your account to make changes to your family records and sign up for faith formation sessions.
About My Own Church
The My Own Church application in ConnectNow Family Suite is your personal portal to your family’s church records. This application enables you to quickly and easily view and make changes to your own church records. You can do this anytime and anywhere from any Web-enabled device as long as you have an Internet connection.
My Own Church uses ParishSOFT’s technology to give you secure and personal access to the information in your family and member records. You can access your personal records using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. As a church member and registered user of the ConnectNow Family Suite, you can log in and perform any of the following tasks in My Own Church:
- Manage your own church records and keep your personal information accurate and up to date.
- Add a record for a new family member.
- View your personal giving history.
- Upload a family photo and individual photos of family members.
- Check your ministry schedule and the schedules of all family members.
- Register for faith formation sessions.
Changes you make are processed electronically and without the delays typically experienced from the processing of paper forms. Note that any changes you make to your records must first be approved by an authorized church administrator so there may be a short delay in getting your records updated.
FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:
- Monday-Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
FAITH FORMATION TEAM
Mallory Fox & Rose Ennis, Faith Formation Assistants ext 114
Teri Burns, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation ext 115
Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8) ext 124
Karen Ottenweller, Pastoral Associate for Early Childhood Ministry ext 132
Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry (Gr 1-5) ext 123
Michael Renauer, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 9-12) ext 118
FOCUS OF FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES
St. Robert of Newminster Church’s Faith Formation Team is committed to providing resources and opportunities for the development of faith for persons of all ages. We take our directive from the Church, which says that “the definitive aim of catechesis (religious education) is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” (National Directory for Catechesis, 19B) Through our ministry, we aim to assist people of all ages to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith, participate more explicitly in the liturgy and sacraments, live according to Jesus’ moral teaching, become people of prayer, and participate actively in the life and mission of the Church by becoming missionary disciples in their families, communities and world.
As we grow in relationship with God and knowledge of and in love with Jesus Christ, we ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to guide and nurture the faith development and discipleship of the community of St Robert of Newminster Church.
SUNDAY PRESCHOOL – AGES 3 TO KINDERGARTEN
Sunday Preschool provides the opportunity for children ages 3 to kindergarten to develop an awareness of God’s presence and love in their lives, their families, their community, and the world around them. Sessions are offered on Sundays during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.
For more information on Sunday Preschool, contact Karen Ottenweller, Pastoral Associate for Early Childhood Ministry, ext 132.
BE MY DISCIPLES – GRADES 1-5
Be My Disciples offers engaging lessons that lead young disciples to higher levels of moral thinking and a deeper initiation into a life of prayer. Through exploration, discovery, and decision-making, children are invited to accept the challenge to follow Jesus and learn and practice the skills needed to be active disciples.
The BE MY DISCIPLES WEBSITE offers exciting resources to support catechists, parents, and students with Be My Disciples.
For more information on Be My Disciples, contact Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry, ext 123.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CATHOLIC CONNECTIONS – GRADES 6-8
This catechetical process for middle school youth combines youth activities and small group discussions to inspire fun learning, encourage enthusiasm for the Catholic faith, and develop relationship with Jesus Christ.
For more information on Catholic Connections, contact Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8), ext 124.
HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY – GRADES 9-12
This ministry supports and encourages our youth to develop a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, family, and friends. It fosters involvement in church and community through prayer and worship, catechesis, service, and social activities.
Youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate in the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass as altar servers, ushers, lectors, or choir members. Youth in grades 10-12 may participate as Eucharistic ministers.
On Sunday evenings after the 6:00 p.m. Mass, high school youth gather for evening prayer, talk about specific topics chosen by them, and eat dinner. For exact schedule, watch the bulletin and parish website or sign up to receive email communications.
For additional information on High School Youth Ministry, contact Michael Renauer, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 9-12), ext. 118.
HOME FAITH FORMATION
A home formation option is available for families preferring to do faith formation at home.
The Be My Disciples (Gr 1-5) At Home Family Guide offers parents of learners in grades 1-5 guidance in leading their children in activities exploring prayer and the Mass, faith topics, and living their faith in everyday life.
Learners in grades 6-8 receive a Catholic Connections Student Handbook and lesson outlines.
FIRE: FAMILY-CENTERED FAITH FORMATION
Whether with your own family or a group of families, fan the flame of faith through prayer, Scripture study, and activities. FIRE is for families/households of all ages and styles: families with children, married couples, empty-nesters, seniors. The process consists of at-home activities, group gatherings (if desired), and parish on-site seasonal events. Consider FIRE if your family’s busy schedule keeping you from participating in weekly formation processes, but you would like to be active in exploring your Catholic faith.
For more information on FIRE, contact Teri Burns, 616-676-9111 ext 115.
Reconciliation & Communion
Second graders also use a variety of resources for preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, including God’s Gifts faith formation curriculum and parent-child retreats.
For more information preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, contact Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry, ext 123.
Eighth graders prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation with an online interactive process, Called to Mercy, and retreats.
For more information on preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8), ext 124.