St. Mary Christian Formation
Forming Lifelong Disciples

FAQ - General



Is the plan for the 2018-2019 year the new CF program for the parish?

This year's plan will not be the new CF program moving forward. We are using this year to re-envision a new model for catechesis within a parish. We are excited about the opportunity to transform how parishes do catechesis and are looking forward to your input in this re-envisioning process. 

What’s the biggest difference between old and new classes?

Last year, the classes occurred twice a month. This year, the classes will take place in larger group setting, and take place once a month. The groups will be split between Lifeteen (grades 9-12), Edge (grades 5-8), and a combination of previously used Christian Formation lessons for children in grades 1st, 3rd, and 5th. During this time, the parents are invited, although not required, to attend a speaker series taking place in the Activity Center.

What is the Luke 10 series?
Luke 10 refers to the Scripture passage in which Christ calls his disciples to go out ahead of him and evangelize. The series is open to all adults of the parish, and will address a wide variety of topics relevant to the modern Catholic parent.

I am not a CF parent- Can I still attend the Luke 10 series?

We encourage you to! Any adults are invited to attend the speaker series.

What is discipleship and how is it playing a part in the new plan?

Discipleship is the process of forming followers of Jesus. Here at St. Mary Parish we intentionally form disciples through small group ministry, which focuses on community, prayer, and fellowship, and accompaniment, which focuses on accountability for growth in virtue and apostolic action. 

Do other parishes use this program?

Yes! Check out the religious education programs at St. Jerome in Oconomowoc, St. Frances Cabrini in West Bend, or Christ King in Wauwatosa. 

Will my children fall behind? Will they be ready for the Sacraments?

No! The preparation requirements set out by the USCCB for children to be ready for the sacraments is based on these 4 categories: community, worship, service and message. As long as your family is regularly engaging in the parish community, participating in the sacraments, serving others, and attending the provided formation opportunities, (and perhaps utilizing our parish's subscription to FORMED), there is no way that your child will not be well prepared. The faith is learned best through living it! 

What is “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?”

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Catholic montessori-based catechetical program. The vision of the program is “To involve adults and children in a religious experience in which the religious values of the child are predominant, keeping in mind that the contemplative nature of the child indicates to the adult a certain way of drawing near to God.” More information can be found on the CGS website: 


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