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faith formation ministry

Faith Formation Cross and Bible

 

CONTACT PERSON

Jan Reed
937-274-2107 ext. 101
jreed@OurLadyOfGraceDayton.org

Purpose
The region's Faith Formation Ministries involve programs to meet the human and spiritual needs of each parishioner ragardless of age or vocation.  This is accomplished through our Faith Formation Commission which has the the responsibility to assist the parish community in the initiation and evaluation of educational programs concerning Catholic faith formation for adults and children.

PROGRAMS

Family Faith Formation
Since many of our young parishioners attend public school, the parish offers a religious education program for the families.  Parents attend along with their children, and grandparents are welcome as well.  This class is offered twice a month on Sunday mornings.  It is textbook oriented and promises to keep the children up to date in their Catholic faith.  It also offers Sacramental instruction for children preparing for First Eucharist, Reconciliation, or Confirmation.  While it cannot take the place of a Catholic school curriculum, it is the next best thing.  This is in place of what used to be known as the CCD program.

Bible Study
Bible study groups are held within the parish at various times of the year.    These are small groups that use different resources for reflection on Scripture.  Please contact Gabby Bibeau for more information and current group meeting times.

Breakfast Club
This program is a speaker series at the Our Lady of Mercy location on a periodic basis throughout the year.  The topics vary and are held in Founders Hall after Sunday morning Mass.

Small Church Communities
Our parish offers numerous opportunities for faith sharing in Small Church Communities.  These meet twice a month in peoples' homes and at parish locations to offer individuals a way to feel more a part of the Church experience.  Many of these groups have been meeting for over 20 years and are truly a beacon of hope for our community of faith.  All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to join a Small Church Community.

Children's Liturgy of the Word
During the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Mercy, the children are dismissed during the Liturgy of the Word to the church basement for reflection on the Bible readings of the day.  This is strictly a voluntary choice for each family – it is an opportunity, not a requirement. Particular emphasis is placed on the Gospel and helping the children come to know a loving Jesus in their daily lives.  After this adult-led reflection time, the children rejoin their families in church for the remainder of the Mass.  The hope of this ministry is that it engages the children in the message of the Mass at their level and allows them to ask questions and internalize the readings in an age appropriate manner.  Children's Liturgy of the Word is administered by the region's Worship Commission.

Retreats
The Faith Formation Commission is in charge of planning and implementing the Parish Retreat. This retreat is offered in Lent and is a reflective, participatory, prayerful opportunity for parishioners to focus on our life in unity with one another and Christ.

220 West Siebenthaler Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45405
937-274-2107 phone
937-274-4363 fax
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Dayton, Ohio 45405
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