Religious Education Program
"Thomas said to him, 'Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?' Jesus said to him,“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father."
John 14: 5-7
CGS is an approach to religious formation that serves children from birth to age 12 and is deeply rooted in Scripture and Liturgy as well as the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. Special catechetical materials aid the child's contemplation of the mystery of God, and the prepared environment, called an Atrium, nurtures the religious life of the child.
Together, the catechist and the child listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and reflect on the essential themes of our faith which nurture the child's:
Need to love and to be loved
Capacity to enjoy the presence of God in his/her life
Need to celebrate this relationship
family program pillars
Engage - Build the Domestic Church
According to the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Church: “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church.” This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for us. In the following points you will find information on how to build your “domestic church” through a life of practical application, prayer, living the liturgical life of the Church and discussion, that will help all the members of your family grow in their relationship with Our Lord.
Gather - Community
In the Gospel of Matthew, our Lord says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). The best part about gathering together as Christians is that we can be assured that Jesus is there among us. So, in a very real way, encounters with other Christians constitute a legitimate meeting with our Lord. Community increases love. The more we get to know our brothers and sisters in Christ, the more comfortable we become with them. The more comfortable we become around them, the deeper our personal relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Knowledge - Seeking the Truth
Jesus Christ proclaimed that “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The search for truth requires courage, patience, and openness so that you can embrace the truth fully, whenever and wherever it is found. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “It is easy to find truth; it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it.” Because God designed us to desire and seek the truth, He provided a special way to help us find it. The Catholic Church, comprised of saints, sinners and everyone in between, has been established by God to show us the way to truth and help us get to heaven.”
Action - Service
A favorite motto of Saint Teresa of Calcutta was: "Do small things with great love." Christ calls us to love our neighbor as our self, to step out and care for those in need. Christ has given us a model for how we should treat others, as if they were Christ in disguise. The model for treating others as Christ in disguise can be achieved through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.
Students who have not yet received these sacraments, and who fall outside these age groups, are encouraged to enroll in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) or RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children). There are active RCIA/RCIC programs at both St. Anthony and St. Mary parishes. Those interested should contact St. Anthony or St. Mary parish office for more information.
St. Anthony Parish Office (262) 251-5910
St. Mary Parish Office (262) 251-0220
Important Role Of The Family Growing Together
As A Family In God's Love
Parents and family are the primary religious influences on their children. A child’s attitude toward Mass, the sacraments, prayer, service to others and a Catholic Christian lifestyle grows out of a parent’s example and attitude. The following are ways to nurture your child’s faith formation:
Actively participate with your child/ren in weekly worship at Mass and practice your faith at hom
Participate with your child/ren in parish events, the holiday Masses, Ash Wednesday Mass and the Advent and Lent reconciliation services
Make prayer important in your house. Thank God for your blessings and for your struggles. Eat meals regularly with your family; this is a great time to catch up on each other’s lives
Show family members that you love them. Cultivate an attitude of forgiveness