Come Holy Spirit: Family Faith Formation - August 24, 2014
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
One of the gifts that we, as God's people, are able to offer is the Liturgy. In the Vatican II Document on Sacred Song within the Liturgy, we read, "One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song." When we gather at Mass we rejoice and sing!
“We are ready to begin…”
We are ready to begin one of the most important facets of our collaboration, our focus on the Sacred Liturgy and Music. We have been blessed over the years in both of our parishes to have healthy music programs and generous volunteers and congregations willing to sing with the voices God gave them. The Vatican II fathers wrote that “The musical tradition of the Universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” It is most necessary that we always work on our music and liturgy as a means of both expressing the joy that it brings, as it moves our soul, and most especially as it focuses us on the Eucharist. At Mass the whole body of the Church sings and echoes the celebration of the Eucharist.
I have asked Mary Beth Brady to assume a new collaborative role and become the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation: Music and Liturgy Coordination for the collaborative of Sacred Heart Parish, Braintree/Weymouth and St. Thomas More Parish, Braintree. To read more . . .
“First Communion and Confirmation Programs will begin this October…”
Each area of the parishes pastoral programs will also be reformatted into the Family and Faith Formation model. Recently I posted a vision of the way in which we have taught the faith (religious education) and how that program will become something new in the fall. To read that post . . . Beginning this week we will start registration for this year’s First Holy Communion Candidates and this year’s Confirmation Candidate programs; these programs will start in October. Link to Communion candidate registration Link to Confirmation candidate registration
“Other grades will begin in January with the launch of the complete program…”
Please be patient with us as we begin to teach and explain the new system of teaching the faith here in our parish collaborative. In the next weeks we will issue additional information and more Q & As. We appreciate your support and will be announcing some parent meeting dates and the process of registration for all students and families. Classes for the other grades will begin in January with the launching of the complete Disciples in Mission program, helping us to all grow in our faith. -Peace, Fr. Sean
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FAITH FORMATION/ RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
►Please use this LINK for most up to date information on the Family Faith Formation which will serve our entire Parish including the Religious Education of Children & Teens starting in January 2015. *Grades 2 and 10 will start earlier so that our children may still prepare fully for their upcoming sacraments.
Parish Family Faith Formation is a program designed to form all members of the parish family, enabling us to deepen our faith as intentional disciples of Jesus called to love and serve Him and His Church. This program will both replace our current model of Religious Education as well as provide us with the means of responding to the call of Disciples in Mission.