Family Catechesis and Faith Formation

Access to quality Catholic education is enjoying a resurgence. Traditional Church teachings are presented in face-to-face and online formats suited for our time. We have three exciting family-based faith formation programs starting this season. For families with children who are learning the faith and preparing for the sacraments the participation of parents and / or godparents is required. There has never been a more critical time for building the Domestic Church. Our future as a Parish and society depends on it. Please review the programs and contact us now to sign-up!

Chosen

Chosen, from Ascension Press, is a powerful Confirmation program for youth and their families. Chosen features fast-paced videos with various presenters that help teens know and love the truth, beauty and joy of our Faith, as well as other excellent on-line resources. This family-based program for youth in our Parish in Grade 9 and up, and their parents, begins October 26 at 7:00 PM in the Saint John the Apostle Parish Centre next to Saint Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater. To register, please contact the parish office. For more information about Chosen, please go to https://confirmationstudy.com and view the sample segment trailer below.

Family of Faith

Our Parish has begun this family-based Religious Education program to support parents as the first and best teachers of children in the ways of our Faith. To join the Family of Faith program, please contact the Parish office. We gather as a community of Faith on the first Sunday of the month from 9:45 to 10:45 am in the Parish Centre next to Saint Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater (in January and April, we will meet on the 2nd Sunday). Participating families can access supplemental resources on line at https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/familyoffaithvol1supplements.

Signs of Grace

The Augustine Institute Signs of Grace program is a family faith formation program that includes activities, videos, stories and teaching delivered on line to help children and their families understand the sacraments as encounters with Jesus. Signs of Grace includes the programs, You are Forgiven to prepare for First Reconciliation and You are Loved to prepare for First Eucharist.  The Signs of Grace program begins Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, after Mass, at 12:00 pm in Saint John the Apostle Parish Centre next to Saint Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater.  Children in Grade 2 and up who have not yet made their First Reconciliation and First Communion, and their families are invited to join the Signs of Grace program, on-line or in-person, by contacting the parish office. To view information about the  program, please go to https://thesignsofgrace.org.

For links to other great programs and resources please see our Family Resource Centre page.

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