“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is our religious education program serving the parents and children of Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, SS. Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Our program is designed to support and equip PARENTS to be the primary educators of the faith for their children and assist and UPLIFT families to live in the fullness of our Catholic faith as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
UPLIFT Families meetings will be entirely online using Zoom until we are able to safely meet as a group and families are comfortable meeting in person. We offer the program on two different days of the week: the Wednesday evening program (6:30-7:30 pm) and the Sunday morning program (10:30-11:30 am). You will choose either the Wednesday or Sunday Program. The content of both programs will be identical.
Each year we focus our teaching on one of the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The idea is that if a child begins our program in K5 or 1st grade and stays until 8th grade, the child will have covered the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church two times and thus deepening his/her understanding of the faith. The Four Pillars are: the Sacraments, the Creed (what we believe), Christian Prayer, and Life of Jesus (morality). Last year all families learned about the seven Sacraments and this year the focus will be on learning and practicing – prayer. We hope to deepen your families’ understanding and experience of the different prayer practices in our faith. We will continue to use the Family of Faith book series published by Sophia Institute Press and families will receive a Child’s Activity Book and Parent Book to use during the meetings.
First Reconciliation and First Communion:
Children in 2nd grade receive these additional sacramental preparation opportunities to deepen their understanding and love for the sacraments: First Reconciliation Workshop (Jan/Feb), First Communion Retreat (March), and First Communion Rehearsal & Banner Making (April). Children are expected to attend all sacramental preparation activities with at least one parent/guardian.
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family. The registration deadline is September 11.