In the “good ol’ days” we called it CCD. Many of us grew up attending a Religious Education program or a School of Religion. Today we call it Faith Formation. What is up with all the names?
Our Catholic Faith is more than what we learn. As St. James tells us in his letter, “faith, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17). We must practice our faith, not just learn about it. And growing into adolescence and adulthood is a time for both. We strive to teach and impart knowledge about our faith and our Church, while at the same time attempting to put that knowledge into achievable actions.
CCD is an abbreviation for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, a group who strived to determine what knowledge needed to be passed on through the formal structure of the Church. That morphed into Schools of Religion that adopted the school model that worked so well in other areas of learning. As education theory evolved, we realized that this term leaves something to be desired, and Religious Education was used. Today, we value the education component of our mission, while recognizing that it is not the entirety of it. We strive to help form the entire faith of children and youth: head, heart, and being.
To achieve this mission of formation, St. Louis offers a variety of opportunities. We offer three opportunities for children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, one on Sunday mornings on campus, another on Tuesday evenings on campus, and a third that families can make fit their schedule at family homes. We offer Sunday evening Youth Groups for Grades 6-12. And new to the umbrella of Faith Formation, we include CYO as an opportunity for Grades 3-12 to put their faith into action through sports.
To learn more about any of these opportunities, click on the grade level or program to the left or contact our Faith Formation staff at the parish. We would love to journey with your family as new disciples are formed in their faith.