God has planted in every human heart, the hunger and longing for the infinite, for nothing less than God. St. Augustine, a theologian from the fifth century, said it best: “Our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Every Catholic has the right to be instructed in the faith and given the knowledge of our faith. Second only to the Sacred Liturgy and the Sacraments, Religious Formation is the most important ministry of the Church.
Parents are the primary Catechists of the home and it is their initial responsibility to instruct their children in the faith. Still, the Mother has the duty to provide instruction and particularly proper preparation for the Sacramental moments in the life of the Catholic. One never graduates from Religious Instruction. In short, one does not graduate from learning and growing in the faith. Thus, the parish provides formal instructions from age 4-5 to adulthood.
Weekly sessions are held for Grades K-12. A Lectionary based curriculum is offered with weekly instructions following the Liturgical readings of the day. Classes for children and youth are held Sundays at 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Classes for those in the Second Year of preparation for Confirmation meet on Sundays at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. All classes are held at St. Joseph’s Formation Center at the former St. Joseph’s parish.
It is the tradition of the Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism shortly after birth. As such, parents and Godparents prepare for this event by participating in Formation after which, the Baptism is scheduled. Children of school age who are not Baptized, should enroll in our parish Religious Education program and after a period of exposure to the program and additional specific formation, the Baptism is scheduled. This would include any school age child not yet Baptized. It is our hope that after the Baptism, the child will remain in the program. For more information please call Brother Harry Gonzales, Director of Religious Formation at 719- 846-3369. ext. 120
Traditionally, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated prior to First Holy Communion. According to diocesan policy, this is not a requirement and the Sacrament may be experienced at a later date. The formation should be separate from that of First Communion. Because of the level of confidentiality involved in this Sacrament, the diocese maintains the policy of not presenting Certificates for this Sacrament. Further, there are no records maintained of this event. For more information please call Brother Harry Gonzales, Director of Religious Formation at 719- 846-3369. ext. 120
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The Eucharist is the center and purpose of our faith. Preparing children and young people for First Holy Communion is paramount to all religious instruction. We ask children to enroll in a two year process with the Sacrament being received at seven years of age and in the Second Grade. If students have not participated in a previous year, we ask that they receive the Eucharist the following year. Again, it is very important that parents realize their responsibility to resume religious education after First Communion. As such, children do not graduate from participating in Religious Formation. For more information please call Brother Harry Gonzales, Director of Religious Formation at 719- 846-3369. ext. 120
The Diocese of Pueblo, requires a participation in Religious Formation for two years, prior to teens receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Specifically, teens are asked to devote time for prayer, religious instruction, ministry and a directed retreat prior to being Confirmed. Seniors in High School or students at the Junior College may complete the requirements for Confirmation in one year. For more information please call Brother Harry Gonzales, Director of Religious Formation at 719- 846-3369. ext. 120
Trinidad Area Catholic Community