Faith Formation



What is faith formation?

Faith formation is at the heart of what the Christian life is all about. In many ways, we engage in the practices of our daily lives and the rituals of our faith communities—through worship, mission, working for justice and peace, evangelism, and education—so that our faith may be nurtured, enlivened, sustained, and formed. In this regard, the imagery offered by the prophet Isaiah of Potter God forming humanity, God’s created own, is an appropriate vision for how we might view the ministry of faith formation.

Faith formation are the practices and opportunities—such as praying, worshiping, learning, celebrating, and serving–that engage an entire community in lifelong Christian formation and ongoing spiritual growth. It is not a trendy program, a one-stop-shopping curriculum.

Faith formation is at the heart of what the Christian life is all about. In many ways, we engage in the practices of our daily lives and the rituals of our faith communities—through worship, mission, working for justice and peace, evangelism, and education—so that our faith may be nurtured, enlivened, sustained, and formed. In this regard, the imagery offered by the prophet Isaiah of Potter God forming humanity, God’s created own, is an appropriate vision for how we might view the ministry of faith formation.

This department has enabled spiritual growth amongst the christians in our church and the community  since we have the habit of meeting three times per week for prayers and other spiritual lessons. We are committed to bring the light to the world and bring those in darkness to Christ. Thought the Faith Formation department, we have managed to form a prayer band group which always come together every Wednesday for prayers. This has strengthened our faith in Christ and we are determined to be the people of change in our societies and to the world.

Strategies

•  To work closely with other departments in implementing the planned activities.
•  To empower the catechists through formations to facilitate faith formation
programs in the S.C.C and parish groups.
•  To organize awareness programs based on sub parishes priorities.
•  To organize retreats and recollections for the parishioners.
•  To organize PPI program for the pupils in the schools within the
community.
•  To empower the parishioners through seminars to encourage them to be committed in their
responsibilities.
•  To work closely with the parish groups and assist them to implement their planned activities.

Activities

1.  Organize on ongoing formation for the SCCs and parish groups
2.  Preparing people for the sacraments
3.  Coordinating the preparation of the liturgy
4.  Registration for the sacraments
5.  PPI teaching program in the schools
6.  Organizing recollections and retreats for SCCs and parish groups
7.  Organizing catechists’ formation program to empower the SCC and groups

Steps

• Identify the major issues affecting our people in SCCs and parish groups
and relate with their priorities.
• Together with the SPPC organize on going formation program for the
parishioners through seminars and workshops
• Organize train of trainers program for the catechists and leaders so that
they may empower the SCC and groups
• Conduct annual evaluations so as to know the level of achievement in the implementation of the parish plan.
• To organize PPI program for the pupils in the schools within the
community.
• Organize meetings at the beginning of every year with relevant groups to make an annual calendar.

Why do we need faith formation in our church?

It helps us to:

  • Grow in their relationship with God for the whole of life
  • Live as disciples of Jesus at home, at work, in the community, and in the world
  • Develop an understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition
  • Deepen their spiritual life and practices
  • Engage in service and mission to the world
  • Participate in the life and ministries of their faith community”