BACK TO SCHOOL
It is hard to believe that summer is rapidly coming to a close. As this is published, Columbus Catholic has been in session almost a week, with the public school opening at least partially in the coming weeks. To state the obvious, this will be one of the strangest back to school weeks in our experience. Passing on our faith is an obligation of every confirmed Catholic, and this remains the top priority of our parish mission, both in terms of time and finances. We do this within the context of Catholic schools and our family faith formation. This will be another change for the Catholic families in Marshfield this year, as the 3 city parishes are working together to offer a family model of faith formation.
The new faith formation program will be an extension of the liturgy of the Mass, and the lessons will reflect the reading we hear at Sunday Mass. It is our hope that this will offer a solid Catholic teaching in a manner that hopefully your families are better able to grasp. The family formation classes will begin in mid-September and will be once a month on a Wednesday evening, with the parents being given a take-home package for the next weeks. The program we are using is one that encourages the family to become more engaged in the faith formation of the children, and offers the ability for the older children help the younger ones in understanding their faith as well, as there will be one theme but different topics according to grade level. Parents, if you have school age children and have not yet received this information, please contact your parish office so arrangements can be made.
Each grade level will be expected to continue growing in their faith life, and develop a greater base of prayers and knowledge, appropriate for each grade level, as well as a deeper experience of Jesus Christ in their lives. The second grade will continue preparing for the reception of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist, with the 9th and 10th grade levels will be preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In this time of great uncertainty in so many areas of our lives, we can form a greater level of certainty in our faith lives. With a faith built upon a firm foundation, we will weather the many storms of life. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education in all forms. With your continued support, Catholic education will remain a stabilizing factor in the lives of our young people for years to come.
Looking forward to a great year!