Age Three through Fifth Grade

Our Lady of Joy’s Children’s Faith Formation is a dynamic program that integrates catechesis and evangelization using the Alive in Christ and Faith Fusion series both by Our Sunday Visitor, as well as The Sacrament of First Holy Communion (The Didache Series) incorporating Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, prayer, and liturgy. We offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for ages three and four as well as Kindergarten. CGS is based on the Montessori approach and taps into the great spiritual capacity and hunger of young children (follow this link for a video on CGS). We strive to provide excellent spiritual and intellectual faith formation for your children.

"Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human society. Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith ...with the life of the Church. Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.

The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents."

from The Duties of Parents CCC #2221-2227

Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

Enrollment begins in June and sessions run from September to May once a week.

Sacramental prep sessions (for children receiving First Reconciliation, First Communion and/or Confirmation that same year) are held for children and parents on several Mondays throughout the year. Please see Calendar under Resources.

*Please note: Classes will be held in the Preschool & Faith Formation buildings until the Parish Hall renovations are complete.

Classes for K-5th grade and Edge begin Wednesday, September 4 from 5:00-6:30pm. We will meet in the Church.

CGS for ages three and four begin Friday, September 13 and will typically be from 9:15-10:45am. We gradually move into this time slot with our first session being from 9:15am-10am. Please note: There will be a parent meeting the week prior on Friday, September 6 from 9:15-10:15am. Children need to be fully toilet trained and bathroom independent to attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).

Please see Calendars and Handbook under Resources.

Cost per child:

Suggested amount $75 for materials, etc.
$40 for Catholic school/home school children Sacramental prep only

***PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOUR CHILD IS IN KINDERGARTEN. THIS CLASS IS FILLED TO CAPACITY. WE MAY OPEN ANOTHER NIGHT FOR THIS GRADE, WHICH MAY OPEN UP SOME SPOTS ON WEDNESDAY.***