Our Lady of Lourdes Faith Formation Program

Teens from Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Mary's at the Steubenville East Catholic Youth Retreat in Lowell, MA 2016

Children's K-9th Grade Faith Formation

September 2016: All Faith Formation classes are starting on Sunday, 18 September 2016 Grades 1-5, are scheduled at 9:45- 10:45AM; Kindergarten during the 11:00AM Mass, Grades 6-9th – 5:00-7:15PM, which includes the 5:00PM Mass). All classes are held on the church premises.

If you have not received a registration form in the mail, please call the rectory office as soon as you can to register your son/ daughter. Our mission is to assist all parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes in formation and promote a life of faith and service to others.

Catechists and confirmed teens are welcomed and needed to help share their faith for our wonderful Faith Formation program starting the month of September 2016—May 2017. Please consider this a wonderful opportunity to encourage students to know and become closer to Jesus Christ!

Our Lady of Lourdes Church offers Faith Formation classes for children in grades K through Confirmation (grade 9). Children should attend classes every year in order to develop a strong faith foundation. To facilitate those who move into the area, registrations are open year round.

Our program is designed to assist parents and guardians in the religious instruction of their children. You are your children’s primary instructors of our Catholic faith, and we can not replace the parental duty to nurture the faith in your children.  As such, please remember that attending Faith Formation classes does not substitute for your child’s need to attend Mass.  The way that you as a family approach our Faith teaches your child more than he or she will ever learn in classes.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communi5on:

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be on Saturday, 11 March 2017 at 11:00AM and First Holy Communion will be Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 10:00AM. The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are celebrated in Grade 2.  However, first grade Faith Formation Class is a prerequisite to entering second grade Faith Formation Class and sacramental preparation.

Confirmation:

Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation. The Faith Formation Classes which help prepare for this process are offered during grades 8 - 9. The process is our opportunity to help candidates to form strong life-long habits in the life of Christ.

We are delighted to announce the Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled for Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 10:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Patrick.  Rehearsal will be scheduled on Friday, 28 April 2017 here at Our Lady of Lourdes at 6:30PM. Candidates and sponsors are required to attend.

Additional Information on the K - 5 Faith Formation Program

Additional Information on 6 - 9 Faith Formation Program & Confirmation

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normal way in which adults become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church.

The RCIA is not just a "convert class" with a new name. It looks different too. Special rites are celebrated during the Sunday liturgies at various times throughout the year. Adults involved in the RCIA may be dismissed each week after the homily and go and reflect on the scriptures they have heard. The RCIA involves the whole parish -- in prayer as the rites are celebrated, in hospitality as new members are welcomed, and in specific ministries like sponsor, team member, or dismissal leader.

The most important thing to keep in mind about the RCIA is this: it is not merely a new way to prepare adults for baptism, baptism is only one step. The goal of the process is full communion which means, "full, conscious, and active participation" in the Eucharist and in the whole life of the Catholic faith community.

The RCIA helps adults to grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people in the parish, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.

Many persons who want to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church. They will not be rebaptized. They will follow a form of these four steps adapted to the particular needs and concerns of Christians from another faith tradition.

The RCIA carries on the Mission of the Church by offering an effective program for education and take on the mind and heart of Jesus Christ according to the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. It is designed for those who might be interested in becoming Catholic and for those who want to increase their understanding of the Faith in community.