We believe that good catechesis flows from the Sunday liturgy. Our Sunday morning faith formation for adults and children, GIFT (“Growing In Faith Together”) begins with the Sunday Gospel, brings it to life, and then extends the catechesis to emphasize themes and teachings of Catholic belief and practice. This is called “liturgy-based catechesis.” GIFT takes place in the hour between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.
Children in Grades K-6 are invited to our Sunday Morning GIFT. Again, the curriculum begins with that Sunday’s readings, brings them to life in a way that fits with your child’s age, and then weaves together the themes of the readings with our Catholic teaching and practice. Children’s classes take place from 10:00-10:55 a.m. in Hailstones Hall (on the XU campus next to Bellarmine Chapel).
Children ages 3-4 are welcome to our Sunday Morning GIFT preschool program, which includes elements of the Pre-Primary Montessori curriculum. The program is a wonderful way to give your child a foundation for appreciating God’s gifts of creation, and for understanding the symbols and practices of worship and prayer. This program also takes place from 10:00-10-55 a.m. in Hailstones Hall, which is next to the Chapel.
*Students with special needs are fully included in all our parish programs. Volunteers are available to “companion” them, as the student and family may desire. Parents are welcome to volunteer in any of our children’s programs as catechists, aides, substitute teachers, or musicians. All who volunteer with children are required to complete VIRTUS training from the Archdiocese and to have a background screening.
Adults of all ages, whether or not they are parents or have children in the G.I.F.T. program, are welcome to participate in our Adult Formation sessions that take place at the same time in Hailstones Hall. This year our focus is on applying Ignatian imagination to the Sunday Gospel. Please watch the weekly bulletin for information on speakers and topics during these Sunday morning sessions.
For more information, or to register, please contact Jane Myers at (513) 745-3317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GIFT Registration 2019-2020
Medical Release form 2019-2020