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Education Ministries

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20)

 

God’s life, the gift of faith, is indeed like a tiny mustard seed planted in one’s being and brought to life through the waters of Baptism. If that small seed is to grow and move in powerful ways, it must be nourished in the community of God’s people, the Church, through the sacraments, the Word of God in Scripture, works of charity, and an ever-deepening life of prayer. This process of growth and development is called Faith Formation.

 

All ministries at our parish are involved in faith formation in varying ways. Reception of the sacraments helps form our faith. Classes, workshops, mini-courses and retreats, available through the parish for persons of all ages and interests, help form our faith. Faith formation is at the core of all education in our parish school. The Mass itself is the source and summit of all faith formation. 


School of Religious Education

The School of Religious Education is a faith formation process by which children attending public schools are instructed in their Catholic faith. Even more, it is a process by which children constantly internalize what they learn so they can manifest God’s love in their own lives.

 

The Christian Initiation of Adults RCIA

Religious Education is not just for children. Many adults also seek to learn more about the Catholic Faith, and if so willing, can enter into the formal faith formation process. For Our Lady of Refuge, this is accomplished through the RCIA. Within the RCIA there are the following distinct groups:
  • Inquirers: Those who are searching for a relationship with God and/or are looking to learn more about the Catholic Faith
  • Catechumens and Candidates: Those who have started on the path toward baptism or looking to become fully initiated into the Catholic Faith.
  • Elect and Candidates: Those who are on their final Lenten journey to being baptized and being fully initiated into the Church during Easter
  • Neophytes: Those who have recently completed their initiation and are seeking to enrich their faith experience

All these groups gather together around the same table on a weekly basis to share their faith experience, learn more about the Catholic faith, and enrich their relationship with God. Please click on the link for RCIA to learn more.