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Family Catechesis

 “Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life." (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae)

The Family Faith Formation Program at Annunciation exists for the purpose of spreading the Good News of Christ to its students and to their families. The catechists are committed to assisting families in the beautiful task of molding young disciples in the faith. As an active parishioner of Annunciation, it is expected that youth are enrolled in faith formation beginning in 1st grade through High School. Faith Formation is a lifelong process! 

Grades 1-8

Our core formation model centers around the family and is based on the Diocesan curriculum, Forming Disciples. For students in grades 1-8, Annunciation invites parents to become the primary catechists of their children. The Finding God Family Catechesis program makes this possible by working in conjunction with the core Finding God program, from Loyola Press. Our Family Catechesis program is unique in that it helps parents grow in their own faith while they guide their children in core faith formation. This flexible and engaging program nurtures faith and helps build community.

How It Works

Finding God Family Catechesis combines parish-based group meetings and grade-specific instruction by trained catechists with at-home sessions guided by parents. 


Family Catechesis 2018-2019 Schedule


Group Meeting

At-Home Sessions



Online Finding God Family Catechesis Parent Orientation

September 9, 2018

9:15 - 10:45 am

Unit 1: God

Session 1 with a catechist

Sessions 2,3,4,5

October 14, 2018

9:15 - 10:45 am

Unit 2: Jesus

Session 6 with a catechist

Sessions 7,8,9,10

November 18, 2018

9:15 - 10:45 am

Unit 3: The Church

Session 11 with a catechist

Sessions 12, 13, 14, 15

December 16, 2018

9:15 - 10:45 am

Seasonal Session: Advent/Christmas

Advent with a catechist followed by a group celebration.

Families read the Christmas session in The Year in Our Church section of the Children’s book.

January 27, 2019

9:15 - 10:45 am

Unit 4: Sacraments

Session 16 with a catechist

Sessions 17, 18, 19, 20

March 10, 2019

9:15 - 10:45 am

Unit 5: Morality

Session 21 with a catechist

Sessions 22, 23, 24, 25

April 14, 2019

9:15 - 10:45 am

Seasonal Session: Lent/Holy Week/Easter

Lent with a catechist followed by a group celebration - We Prepare Our Hearts for the Joy of Easter

Families read the Holy Week and Easter sessions in the Year in Our Church section of the Children’s book.

High School (Grades 9-12)

Discipleship Groups are the primary way we, at Annunciation Church, help our high school students to grow spiritually. Discipleship groups are a place where students can encourage and motivate one another, as well as study the Word of God, and our church teachings with a caring adult. Each discipleship group is made up of five to eight students and one or two adult mentors. 

Our high school program will begin with a retreat October 19-21 at Camp Turner. led by a student evangelization networking team (SENT) from Franciscan University. At the retreat, students will form small discipleship groups (groups of friends) that they will journey with as they study their faith this year. Each group will meet with one or two adult mentors (not related to the kids in the group) roughly once every two weeks for about 90 minutes. Groups will meet on a day/time that is convenient for all members and at a place they agree on. Groups can meet in Langley, in the Community Room, in the Youth Ministry Lounge or be hosted in a home (off-campus meeting spaces must have pre-approval, per Diocesan Safe Environment guidelines).

Discipleship groups will work through materials available online from FORMED.ORG, using the YDisciple Curriculum from the Augustine Institute.



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