In Vatican II, the Church reaffirmed that Catholics of all ages are entitled to an ongoing and deeper understanding of their faith as disciples of Christ. The Greek word for disciple is mathetes, meaning to learn. To be a disciple is to be a learner. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be engaged in a lifelong process of learning from and about Jesus, the Master. Jesus the Teacher. Epiphany therefore, gives a high priority to formation in the faith for every parishioner - child, youth or adult. Every Catholic family is called to seek out religious education for each of its members.
For many years, CCD (the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) provided Catechism lessons to children and youth not attending Catholic School. It was a wonderful program for its time. However, the Second Vatican Council called for some new thinking about the way Catholics are to be formed in their faith. This more comprehensive approach is called Faith Formation/Catechesis. Catechesis is an ancient and revered word in the Catholic Tradition. It includes both education in the faith and life-long formation in following Jesus.
We are moving from a limited focus on catechesis for children and teens until Confirmation to one which focuses on lifelong faith formation for all ages and generations, including and especially adults
We wish to move beyond the focus on the “textbook as the curriculum” by instead utilizing the events of Church life as the curriculum for all ages and generations: the Church Year, sacramental celebrations, community prayer, and works of justice and service
The Church of the Epiphany has a vision for its future, with three goals: 1.to bring parishioners to a personal relationship with Christ; 2. to create disciples who will grow in their faith; 3. to transform Epiphany into a missionary parish. Our new approach to faith formation makes this parish vision a lived reality!
Our Faith Formation includes:
Sunday Family Catechesis - Meets in November 17th * April 26th - Parents attend Mass with their children, followed by a family activity in the Parish Hall. Afterwards, hile children meet with their catechists, parents will have their own faith formation session.
Wednesday Faith Formation - 1st-4th grades, 3:15pm - 5:00pm, meets weekly on Wednesdays in the Parish Hall, September - May.
Sunday Faith Formation - 5th-7th grades, 9:00am-11:30am (including 10am Mass), meets weekly Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall, September - May.
First Communion preparation involves two years of classes.
Confirmation preparation involves two years of classes and community service (outreach to the poor)