Christian Formation Committee

Spiritual development is a life-long pursuit, a deepening of “mystagogia,” the mysteries of faith. The Christian Formation Committee provides educational opportunities to clarify, invigorate, and nourish the lifelong faith formation of our parish community. Components of the Christian Formation program include book discussions, Bible study, exploration of the Pope’s encyclicals, presentations, and guest speakers through “Food and Reflection” sessions. The CFC also welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other parish ministries to strengthen the spiritual growth of the Curé d’Ars community. If you would wish to join this ministry, please contact the parish office.

Religious Education

Curé d’Ars uses the BLEST ARE WE series for grades K-8. The RE program covers the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Eucharist and Reconciliation, the Church, Morality, the Sacraments, and Sacred Scripture. It focuses on how we pray, how we worship, how we live our faith, and what we believe as Catholics. It enables the child to take an active role in the parish. It reinforces the child’s sense of belonging to the Catholic Church and Parish community through activities that foster Catholic identity and evangelization. If you wish to enroll children in the Religious Education program, please contact the parish office.

Rite of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process for unbaptized adults to become fully initiated into the Catholic Church. This journey of Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification/Enlightenment and Mystygogia begins each year in the fall. Individuals move through this process at their own pace, sometimes taking more than a single year. RCIA is also adapted for those who are already baptized but not fully catechized or initiated with the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Individual Godparents/Sponsors and the entire Assembly prays for and encourages the candidates throughout the journey.

Similarly, the Rites of Christian Initiation for Children/Youth (RCIC), prepares unbaptized children ages 7 and up to receive Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist through special classes and rites along with some regular Religious Education classes. This journey is individualized to the child’s needs often taking 1½ to 2 years. The usual time for full initiation is the Easter Vigil.

If you wish to join RCIA, please contact the parish office.

Youth Ministry

This program is a continuation of the education process for youth who attend high school, grades 9-12. This ministry focuses on the basic teachings of the Catholic Church, the Mass and Scripture. Youth engage in activities to reinforce their learning, serve the larger community and participate in social events that strengthen their Christian bond within our community. If you wish to join this ministry, please contact the parish office.