Catechesis, or the passing on of our faith to our children, is the responsibility of all baptized members of the church. The whole parish community (including parents, family members, catechists, and pastors) is called to hand on the faith through faith sharing and the witness of daily life. When you go to a Catholic school, you are surrounded by those who practice their faith every day. Your child, whether they are Catholic or not, will have religion class everyday which will provide them with a solid foundation in Scripture and in our Catholic tradition that helps build Catholic literacy and identity.
They will also attend school liturgy on Thursday mornings which consist of different experiences of prayer such as Mass, morning prayer, Liturgy of the Word, Taize prayer ,and other special prayer services such as praying the rosary and stations of the cross. The parish staff and the school teachers work closely together preparing these celebrations, preparing themes for the liturgical year, and providing opportunities for service activities throughout the year. Scripture storytelling, reflection days and retreats are also offered through the year.
Sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade and Confirmation in 8th grade is completed through the parish, with the help of the parents. Sacramental preparation is done with all students from the parish whether they attend St. Columban or are part of our Elementary Religious Education program (ERE). Other events are offered through the parish to help families celebrate and continue on their life-long faith journey as we are touched and transformed by the living God. Such events include Vacation Bible School in July, Advent Events, Reconciliation Services, Pancake Supper before Lent, Stations of the Cross, and other special events that help form participants of the community into disciples who act with the mind and heart of Christ. If you ever have any questions, the St. Columban Director of Faith Formation, Scott Mussari, and Coordinator of Religious Education, Terri Kerley, will be happy to talk with you to see how they can help. They can be reached at the Parish Office at 683-0105.