Catechesis is sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ in such a way that a person comes to know about God, to believe in Him and His teachings, to enter into a relationship with God, and to be transformed by Him.
Catechesis involves teaching about doctrine as well as about the living practice of the faith. Catechizing and being catechized are lifelong responsibilities for every Catholic.
Both the General Directory for Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis remind us that catechesis involves six basic tasks that must take place if catechesis is to be authentic and complete: (1) to promote knowledge of the faith; (2) to promote meaningful participation in liturgical worship and the sacramental life of the church; (3) to integrate moral formation into a Christian way of life; (4) to teach Christians how to pray with Christ, in Christ, and in communion with the Church; (5) to initiate the Christian into the life of the local Church community and foster active participation in the mission of the Church; (6) and to promote a missionary spirit that prepares Christians to witness to Christ in society.
As a result, the Parish of Saint Michael has developed a variety of catechetical programs which are supported by a number of organizations operating within the parish to insure that parishioners have every opportunity to immerse themselves in the six basic tasks of catechesis in order to enrich their individual journeys of faith here at the local church level.
In order to equip the people of our parish with the skills to fulfill their religious mission received at baptism, the following on-going programs are available:
Sunday School (CCD) is offered for PreK (4 Year Olds) through 8th Grades on Sunday mornings from 10:15 AM until 11:45 AM in the school building. Registration for classes takes place during the month of August. Classes begin in September on the first Sunday after Labor Day and the last class is held on the first Sunday of May.
Classes offered for 7th & 8th Grade students on Sunday mornings 10:15 am-11:45 AM are held in the Parish Activity Center (PAC). Classes are structured in the Youth Ministry learning model so that the students are challenged spiritually, intellectually, and kinesthetically. Along with their weekly meetings, members are encouraged to participate in the ministries at the 5:00 PM Sunday LifeTeen Mass. Students are confirmed in the fall of their freshman year.
Preparation for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation
Sacramental Preparation is a two-year program. Students must complete the minimum attendance requirements in Year One in order to be admitted to the Year 2 Class. Students are expected to attend 21 of the 28 scheduled classes in order to be considered prepared to advance to the next year. Therefore, students new to the parish must present a Letter of Attendance from their previous parish in order to be admitted to Year 2 Communion or Year 2 Confirmation. In addition, students must submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate and all Registration Forms PRIOR to admission to the Year 1 and/or Year 2 Sacrament Classes.
Life Teen is a Catholic youth ministry program whose mission is to lead teens closer to Christ. This program ministers to teens in grades 9 through 12. It recognizes the gifts and talents of young people and realizes that they also are called to help build up the Body of Christ by sharing their gifts within the life of the parish. “Life Night” meetings are held on Sunday nights from 6:15 to 8:15 PM in the Parish Activity Center Hall. The teens participate in a variety of ministries at the 5:00 PM Sunday Life Teen Mass. The group also attends Diocesan events and retreats, and the National Catholic Youth Conference. Adults can also serve as core team members/mentors to witness to the Catholic Christian life. Susan Starr, Youth Minister, is the contact person for The Edge and Life Teen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-651-3737, ext. 228.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Thereasa Crabb, at extension 227 in the parish office. Her e-mail is email@example.com. She is available in the office Wednesday through Friday and also on Sunday mornings during class time.