Family Faith Formation

*** During these unprecented times…
Registered parishioners please check your emails as we continue to engage our families with weekly Faith at Home Sunday reflections.

The faith community of St. Gianna’s, believes that faith formation is a lifelong process and that parents are the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. We believe that the most important gift parents can give their children is a strong foundation in our Catholic faith. The faith of the parents so profoundly impacts their children, that there is no substitute for parental involvement in their children’s faith formation. The Family Faith Formation process at St. Gianna’s is not a process between the children and the catechists alone. It involves both the immediate family and the church family. It does not replace catechesis that stems from the home but has the priveledged responsibility to support it.

This catechetical experience is made complete when parents and families are examples of the faith. Families are strongly encouraged to participate regularly in weekend liturgies and Holy Days. They are encouraged to regulary participate in the Sacraments, serve in Parish ministries, live the Gospel, pray and talk to your children about their faith, live lives of service, and continue in their own personal faith formation.

G.I.F.T. – Growing in Faith Together – Registrations Still Accepted!
Beginning in October 2020, parents and children are once again invited to come and learn about our Christian Catholic Faith together. Families with children in Grades 1-6 will explore and discover the great gift of our faith in meaningful and interactive ways. Prayer and music, hands-on activities and discussions will be a part of each of the gatherings. Families will have the opportunity to learn and grow together in faith with the support to develop the skills and knowledge to nurture faith-learning at home.

G.I.F.T. Registration Form
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – UPDATE
The Atrium has been very busy over the past few months.  We have introduced the articles of the mass such as the altar, chalice, paten, tabernacle, ciborium, sanctuary lamp and cross. The children especially find joy in unlocking the tabernacle to find the very special food inside. The children have also explored the colours of the church liturgical year.  They recognize that the year is broken up into several, special times – Green for Ordinary Time when things of God continue to grow, Purple for preparing for the feasts of Christmas and Easter, White for the great celebrations of Christmas and Easter and Red for the Feast of Pentecost.  It’s amazing how the children can understand and retain all of this God knowledge!  The children have also been introduced to the land of Israel and how important it is to our history. They can locate the land of Israel and the significant towns and cities in Jesus’ life, on the globe and map. The land of Israel becomes more real for the children and in turn, so does Jesus.
In these weeks of Advent, we introduce the prophet, Isaiah and his words that that ‘the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light’ and that a ‘child will be born to us. And we will call him Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’.  The excitement in the children is palpable, they can sense that we are waiting for someone very special.  The season of Advent and Christmas also signals the presentation of the beautiful Infancy Narratives – The Annunciation, The Birth of Jesus and Adoration of the Shepherds and The Epiphany.
The time in the Atrium gives the children the opportunity to have ‘God and Me’ time.  This revealing of God to them helps to build an intimate, unique relationship between the child and the Master Teacher.
– Rachel Suarez-Banmann

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Register Today!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is accepting registrations for children aged 3-6 (Preschool- Kindergarten). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique and beautiful faith formation experience for children where they come to know more and fall deeply in love with God through the scriptures, liturgy and prayer.  Our opening session began on Saturday, October 5, 2019 and will continue every Saturday until May from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., but we are still accepting registrations. The cost for the process is $100 per child. Please contact Rachel at [email protected] for more information and to register.

FAITH! – Faith Formation Resources for Families
The home is the most important place 
by which religious faith and practice is transmitted. This is why The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the home, the domestic church. 
When households practice faith at home, everyone can grow closer to God. We are proud to introduce “FAITH!Faith Alive In The Home” at St. Gianna’s Parish. FAITH! brings specially curated resources to your family so that you can keep the faith alive in your home. Each fun and interesting video, prayer, song, activity, ritual and gospel reading will help the entire family learn more about their faith and give them practical, fun and engaging ways to ‘do’ faith at home. These resources will be updated often to reflect the ongoing life of the church and special themes. They will be delivered in fun and interactive ways and they can be completed in about 5 minutes or less whenever and wherever you want – all you need is your computer, iPad or smartphone and internet access! What a great way to infuse faith in our everyday, busy lives!  Our hope is that FAITH! teaches, encourages, equips and empowers families so that their homes are more faith-filled, evangelizing and centred upon Jesus Christ. Click on our new FAITH! link below!

FAITH! Faith Alive In The Home

For more information, please contact Rachel Suarez-Banmann at [email protected] or use the inquiry button below.

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