Formation and Education

Lifelong Christian formation seeks to develop the whole person to see things first through the eyes of faith.  Our primary means of doing this is through catechesis, which essentially means "to resound or echo."  According to the National Directory for Catechesis, the six fundamental tasks of catechesis are: knowledge of the faith, liturgical education, moral formation, teaching to pray, community life, and missionary spirit.  The goal of lifelong faith formation is to lead people to a mature, adult, faith.

A Catholic with mature adult faith is a person who:

  • continues growing in knowledge of faith;
  • is formed by the liturgy – readings, homilies, songs, prayers, community, and especially the Eucharist;
  • makes moral decisions prayerfully and with the teachings of the Church as part of the process of decision making;
  • prays on a regular basis, alone and in community;
  • participates in the life of the community through social activities and/or education activities;
  • carries out the mission of the church by serving in the local and global communities


The Catholic with a mature, adult, faith understands that:

  • all sacramental celebrations, especially weekly attendance at Lord’s Day Mass, mark important steps on our journey as we continue to grow in faith together by embracing our responsibility as members of God’s family
  • faith formation does not end with the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • one must be intentional about forming her or his faith throughout one’s life
  • we seek to become what we already are, the Body of Christ