Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church
1640 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT

Roman Catholic Church 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT

Our Lady of Lourdes Faith Formation Program

Teens at Youth Explosion 2017 and Steubenville East Catholic Youth Retreat 2017

Children's K-9th Grade Faith Formation

September 2017: All Faith Formation students, families, catechists and volunteers will open with a Mass on Catechetical Sunday, 17 September 2017 at 11:00AM.  Following Mass we will have an ice cream social to meet and greet the catechists in the church hall.  Classes will begin Sunday, 24 September 2017.  Grades 1-5, are scheduled at 9:45- 10:45AM; Pre K/Kindergarten during the 11:00AM Mass, Grades 6-9th – 5:45-7:00PM. 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 2017—May 2018. 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 Pre K/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.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion:

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be on Saturday, 17 February 2018 at 11:00AM and First Holy Communion will be Saturday, 12 May 2018 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.

Additional Information on the K - 5 Faith Formation Program

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, 21 April 2018 at 10:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Patrick.  Rehearsal will be scheduled on Friday, 20 April 2018 here at Our Lady of Lourdes at 6:30PM. Candidates and sponsors are required to attend.

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.