DISCIPLESHIP ALL-AGES CATECHESIS
5:00 PM – Gather and Opening Prayer
5:15 PM – Group Break-out Sessions
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – Conclusion
2019 - 2020 SCHEDULE
Catechesis for Everyone.
All-ages community catechesis is a model of Faith Formation that follows the model for instruction that was used by the earliest Christians: gathering for prayer as an entire community, breaking off into smaller groups, then regathering as a parish family for a shared meal. Like our early Christian ancestors, we will be focused on the basics: knowing, loving, and serving Jesus, at every age and stage of life. We will gather every Sunday.
What is “catechesis”?
The word catechesis comes from the Greek New Testament word katecheo meaning “to hand on” (literally “to echo into one’s ears”). Catechesis is the act of handing on the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses of Christ’s Love and opening their hearts to spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.
What is “discipleship”?
The word disciple comes from the Latin word discipulus meaning “one who learns from and follows a master.” A disciple is one who has a personal relationship and deep commitment to God, seeks to know and be transformed by the teachings of Christ, and is a participating member of the community.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN CATECHESIS
Our youngest disciples will be divided into small groups based on age and encounter the faith through Montessori-inspired play-based learning. Guided by Catechists, a comfortable space will be prepared with various centers for Eucharist, Baptism, prayer corner, Scripture, practical life, and geography.
Nina Potter, Program Coordinator for Faith Formation
(1ST - 4TH GRADE)
Elementary-aged disciples will learn about the faith as they rotate through action packed learning stations including story telling, games, crafts, prayer and more.
FIRST EUCHARIST PREPARATION
Is your child ready to receive Jesus in the Eucharist? We are here to help them prepare! First Confession and First Eucharist are offered according to the readiness of the child, usually around 2nd or 3rd grade.
Nina Potter, Program Coordinator for Faith Formation
“EDGE” Middle school YOUTH GROUP
(5TH - 8TH GRADE)
Edge Youth Group provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge speaks to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth and presents Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand. Most weeks, the group will be split into an younger (5th & 6th) and older (7th & 8th) group.
“pURPOSE” CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
The Purpose Confirmation program has a heavy focus on evangelizing young people and accompaniment on their journey to discipleship. The program addresses three big questions, "Why believe in God?", "Why trust Jesus?" and "Why be a part of the Catholic Church?”
Purpose Confirmation is presented in two separate programs for middle school and high school and is open to all young people seeking the sacrament of Confirmation between the ages of 12-18.
“INFINITE” HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
(11TH & 12TH gRADE)
Infinite strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church. This program is designed for our Confirmed high school students and non-Confirmed upper-classmen. In a small group setting, we address questions about life purpose, vocation and living our faith beyond high school.
Adult program coordinator:
David Charboneau, Pastoral Coordinator for Evangelization
Foundations of Faith
Facilitator: David Charboneau
Join us as we prayerfully consider the foundational ideas of Christianity. Using Scripture and the Tradition of the church we will look at the meaning of the Creed (Fall), Christian life, and the Liturgy (Spring). This session will provide valuable insight for both life-long Catholic and those who are new to the faith.
David is the Director of Evangelization for St. Nicholas. He studied Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and has been involved in ministry for 20 years.
Faith of the Early Fathers
Facilitator: Emily Brand
Join us as we look at the life and teaching of the Apostles and the early church Fathers. Using original source such as scripture and the writings of the saints, we will consider the theological questions facing the early Church and how questions still impact us today.
Emily is a pilot for Alaska Airlines and for the Air Force Reserves. She is currently studying Graduate Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Defending and Sharing your Faith
Facilitator: Sherry Campbell
How do you talk about your faith with an Atheist? A protestant? A fallen away Catholic? The Mormon missionaries knocking at your door? This group will discuss the various aspects of our Catholic faith and how to share that faith with love and respect. This group will have little or no reading at home.
Sherry is a dietitian, nurse, personal trainer, and science geek specializing in ancestral health principles and how they beautifully integrate with our Catholic faith. She has been a parishioner of St. Nicholas for 20 years.
Mark: The Gospel Through the Eyes of Peter Adults
Facilitator: Terri Dukes
Join us for a deep dive into the Gospel of Mark study program of Catholic Scripture Study. This is an additional offering of our very popular long running bible study group that meets on Thursday mornings (and Wednesday Men’s Bible Study).
Fundamentos de la Fe
Únase a nosotros mientras consideramos en oración las ideas fundamentales del cristianismo. Usando las Escrituras y la tradición de la iglesia, veremos el significado del Credo (Otoño), la vida cristiana y la Liturgia (Primavera). Esta sesión proporcionará información valiosa para los católicos de toda la vida y para aquellos que son nuevos en la fe.