Faith formation has wrapped up for the year and our last few weeks were very eventful!
On April 28, two of our 2nd grade students were confirmed by Bishop Cistone at the Cathedral. In Confirmation, the second of the Sacraments of Initiation, one is filled with the presence and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In his homily, the bishop used the recent Disney movie "Inside Out" to illustrate that the Sacraments are the 'core memories' of our faith lives – the events in our lives that make us who we are as Catholics. He urged the students, and their families to remember this and stay close to the Church and the Sacraments always. The following weekend our students completed their sacraments of initiation by receiving their First Eucharist at our Saturday and Sunday Masses. Congratulations to Ethan and Aubrey!
At one of our last Wednesday faith formation classes students showed their bible knowledge by putting on plays of several different bible stories, like Jesus calling the disciples and Noah's ark. The students really enjoyed getting to dress up and perform!
May 11 was the final faith formation session of the school year. As is our tradition from the past few years, we celebrated the end of a great year with a May Crowning honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. We began with a procession from the Ed Center to the backyard of the rectory where we planted flowers – some we've been growing from seeds! - around the statue of Our Lady and then crowned the statue during a small prayer service. After that, we headed back to the ed center to celebrate with ice cream sundaes!
Thank you to all faith formation catechists, parents, and students whose dedication to faith formation made for an awesome year! We learned tons about Jesus, bible stories, our church, and helping others, just to name a few things!