We have Intergenerational Family Faith Formation. One Sunday per month, families will gather in the morning before Mass for 75 minutes at Drake University's Meredith Hall to experience family based faith formation "tapping into the educative and transformative power of the Church Year, sacramental celebrations, community prayer and works of justice and service and providing catechesis that prepares everyone to learn by participating in the events of church life." (Center for Ministry Development) Small group age appropriate classes will be held an additional Sunday per month, both sessions are taught by parish adult and Drake student volunteers.
We use an online curriculum of the Center for Ministry Development. It is a comprehensive, catechesis-based curriculum that includes lesson plans, power points, videos and other resources.
Sacramental preparations will occur in the spring of the year for 2nd graders who will receive First Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will have Confirmation this year for our 10th and 11th grade students also in the spring of 2017.
Special emphasis is given to the Liturgy of the Word for Children during the Mass on Sunday mornings when Intergenerational Faith Formation does not occur, so that children can access a developmentally appropriate understanding of the Gospel readings.