This weekend, parishes across the country will honor those who share in the evangelizing and teaching mission of the Church through a special rite of commissioning and blessing. Here at St. George Catholic Church the following catechists and teachers will be commissioned to share the faith of the Church with the adults, families, youth, and children of the parish and school:
|Paola Zarate||Pat Healy|
|Gloria Hardy||Edna Escobosa|
|Jerry Cooper||Troy Rivera|
|Kimberly Cooper||Sandra Tellez|
|Angie Mittleberger||Barbara Bushey|
|Patty Moeisinger||Abel Reed|
|Heather Philmon||Cherie Bone|
|Julie Cordero||David Luttrell|
|Mary Wallace||Annfelice Reed|
|Michele Gonzales||Kim Jones|
|Annie McKittrick Crary||MaryHelen Stricklin|
|Judy Coryell||Kathy Snyder|
|Colleen Tockey||Phyllis Swift|
|June Cruz||Neely Nolan|
|Alan Burns||Brenda Hatch|
This year’s theme, Living As Missionary Disciples, invites all the Baptized – especially catechists – to use this as a road map to “new paths for the Church’s journey” of evangelization - to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer, for their own spiritual good and for the good of those they serve.
A Catechist’s Prayer
Father of all families, you have called me to serve the family in truth and love as a catechist. May I be faithful to this call, rooted in your Word, and open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May I use these gifts, especially the gifts of faith, hope, and love, to serve the family as a witness to you, who are love and life and the source and destiny of all families. Let your Spirit enlighten my mind and strengthen my heart so that I can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened. Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ, whose mission to build a civilization of love passes through the family. Amen.
CCD: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, is an association established in Rome in 1562 for the purpose of giving religious education. Its modern usage is a religious education program of the Roman Catholic Church, designed for children.
We currently have 500 children registered in our CCD program.
Our CCD program is for Kindergarten through Confirmation. The classes are in the Scanlan Building on Sunday mornings. Classes are 9 am to 10:30 am OR 11 am to 12:30 pm.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion requires two consecutive years in CCD. First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is celebrated in the 3rd grade.
The Sacrament of Confirmation also requires two consecutive years in CCD. Confirmation is a two year program; usually 8th and 9th grade.
Our goal in CCD is to not only teach our children about our Catholic faith but how to live our faith in everyday life.
Our curriculum is Be My Disciples from RCL Benziger. This program uses a balanced approach (invite, teach and challenge) to children’s catechesis. Be My Disciples helps children know and live their faith through loving service to others. Every week the children gather to:
Grow in Knowledge. Through the spiral structure, children are introduced to Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and the liturgical year, and reinforce and extend their knowledge year by year.
Connect Faith with Their Experience. Through a process of presentation, application, reflection and decision, children relate knowledge of the Catholic faith to their life experiences and commit themselves more deeply to the person and mission of Jesus Christ.
Practice the Skills of Discipleship. By learning the gifts and qualities of discipleship and practicing its habits and virtues, children learn the skills required to follow Jesus.