Education and Formation

What is Faith Formation? 

Faith is a gift!  A gift that needs to be cared for and nurtured.  Over time we have come to understand that we can be educated about our Faith at any age but that Faith, in and of itself, is a  lifetime process forming us along the way.  After all, it’s about a Divine, unconditional, relationship with God and, like any relationship, needs time to develop and mature. We are always being formed by an amazing, loving God.  That searching and yearning we experience within our deepest selves is God inviting us continually to know Him ever more intimately.

Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which means that OLV-OLS we believe the journey of our faith is life long.  Our programs are carefully designed for all of life's journey from our youngest children and youth, to creative faith-filled offerings for our adults, families and the young at heart.  We provide opportunities for all members of our parish family to be spiritually fed all year long.

 

Program offerings:


Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Due to COVID19 Retrictions we are unsure at this time if CLOW will be available in September.  Please check back soon for updates.

 

 


FAITH FORMATION K-6

Our program for our primary school age children is curated with Catholic families in mind.  Due to the many changes that COVID19 Pandemic has brought we have adapted our entire Faith Formation program for the CDC guidelines and for the health and safety of our whole parish family.  Please visit our Faith Formation K-6 Page for registration and details.

FAITH FORMATION K-6

 

Holiness in families does not just happen.  According to the book Families & Faith, there is a path to holiness that families must choose to walk.  It is a path that is sustained by the grace of God, yet we must make the journey along this path.  Family holiness is the result of a deliberate and conscious effort to respond affirmatively to the daily promptings of love that present themselves in the ordinary events of family living.  Family holiness is saying, "Yes" to God whenever and wherever he calls in the midst of family relationships.

With that belief in mind, we work closely with each family enrolled in our programs to ensure catechetical development and a meaningful experience which will live and be nurtured within the family unit.  We continuously evaluate our curriculum and faith experiences keeping in mind the beauty and richness of our Catholic tradition while developing creative ways to open our hearts and experience the love and joy of the Gospel message.

 

 

If you are interested in our Faith Formation K-6 program or First Holy Communion/Reconciliation for your child you can navigate to our Faith Formation K-6 page for more details.

Vici Armsby

Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation

518-274-6269

FAITH FORMATION K-6

 

 


YOUTH MINISTRY

Due to the many changes that COVID19 Pandemic has brought we have adapted our entire Faith Formation program for the CDC guidelines and for the health and safety of our whole parish family.  Please visit our Youth Ministry page for Registration and details.

YOUTH MINISTRY 7-11

Beginning in the 7th grade year our program for Youth Ministry is formatted to adapt to the ever changing teenager and their faith journey.  Building faith from an early age is like a foundation brick by brick, and as the students reach their teens their faith needs to grow with them!  While navigating the paths that God has laid out for us we are also navigating our retrictions during this COVID19 Pandemic.  Much of our program looks different while other parts will remain the same.  

During this catechetical time we are also preparing young people to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, around 10th or 11th grade to prepare them to continue their faith formation throughout their adult lives.

CCC1285

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.88 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."89

If you are interested in our YOUTH MINISTRY 7-11 program or Confirmation for your child you can navigate to our YOUTH MINISTRY 7-11 page for more details.

Rebecca Hanson

Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry

518-274-6269

YOUTH MINISTRY 7-11


ADULT FAITH FORMATION

We have adapted our Adult Faith Formation Program during the Pandemic and we are offering studies that follow the CDC guidelines and offer the same enrichment and lifelong faith catechisis.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Our Christian life is a lifelong and continuous transformation in Christ in which we trust in the Father's love, accept the Holy Spirit's guidance and seek holiness of life within the Church.  Our Adult Faith Formation Program at OLV-OLS is a ministry that helps the Catholic Christian to foster that journey 

If you are interested in our program or you are curious about what is up ahead please let us know! 

Contact our Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation

Vici Armsby

phone:  518-274-6269  email:  [email protected]

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

OLV-OLS is committed to providing continued education and enrichment opportunities for all adults within the Parish Community.  We believe ones journey of faith is a continual conversion of heart growing in discipleship and service to the community at large.   Please join us!


 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

We have adapted our Adult Faith Formation Program during the Pandemic and we are offering studies that follow the CDC guidelines and offer the same enrichment and lifelong faith catechisis.

RCIA

Our Christian life is a lifelong and continuous transformation in Christ in which we trust in the Father's love, accept the Holy Spirit's guidance and seek holiness of life within the Church.  Our Adult Faith Formation Program at OLV-OLS is a ministry that helps the Catholic Christian to foster that journey 

If you are interested in our program or you are curious about what is up ahead please let us know! 

Contact our Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation

Vici Armsby

phone:  518-274-6269  email:  [email protected]

RCIA Page