Faith Formation is a life-long process which begins within the family and encompasses every aspect of life as the person grows and matures. It is the process by which we develop and grow in our relationship to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and learn to live in, and act out, of that relationship. As we grow closer to God the Father and his son, Jesus, we gradually learn to live in and share the love of God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This learning to live in the love of God, and according to his Spirit, is not automatic, but rather requires a sincere and on-going effort and commitment to prayer and education in the faith on our part, coupled with the freely given and abundant grace of God. What is the desired end result, the goal? Eternal life, love, joy, peace, what is the first step?
PARISH FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Although the parents are the first and primary educators of their children in the Catholic faith, formal formation classes are also important, either through the Parish Faith Formation program or St Ann Catholic School. The Parish program consists to two component parts:
Registration for these programs begins in August, with sessions starting the second and third weekends in September. Those moving into the area at other times are encouraged to register upon arrival. One registration forms used for both of these programs and may be found below. Simply complete it and return it with the registration fee (detailed on the form) to the Parish. For those who will be receiving Sacraments, a copy of their baptismal certificate must also be included, which may be obtained by contacting the Church in which the baptism occurred. For more information, please contact the Director of Faith Formation at 910.483.3216.
In order for our ministry to ALL HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH, we must reach out in a new way!! There has to be more than just the ``classroom'' model involved. We must be providing opportunities to LIVE out their faith with service, with social times, with pastoral care, prayer and opportunities to help them deal with issues related to being a teenager in today's world. It has to be impactful and even more, there has to be a CRITICAL MASS of young people involved. A larger group of youth of similar interests so that they have opportunities to build a strong relationship with God and with each other!
In order to better provide for these aspects of ministry to our YOUTH, we have partnered with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish at 1000 Andrews Road, for a program known as THE LIFE!!! This is based on the passage of John's gospel, we he declares himself to be ``the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE!!! A full calendar of events will be posted soon, but it will start with a parent/youth meeting here at St. Ann on September 11 at 6 PM and a Kick-Off Party at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on September 18. Confirmation Preparation will be included in the program, along with the other components that make up a comprehensive youth ministry as designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
FAITH FORMATION FOR ADULTS
There are various opportunities for formation as an adult Catholic. Young adults in the Fayetteville area, ages 18-35, gather frequently for faith formation, service and fellowship. For more information about these activities, please visit their website: Fayetteville Young Adult Ministry.
Adults of any age may participate in our parish sponsored formation opportunities, which are listed in our bulletin. Faith Matters is one such offering, and covers Catholic teaching on topics of interest to the participants. Sessions are usually held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and Thursday mornings at 10 am (same topic is covered at both sessions). Please see the current bulletin for information on up-coming topics.
The Diocese of Raleigh also offers various workshops and courses. Please visit their adult formation page for more information.
We also have a parish subscription to FORMED, which can be used by any parishioner with a computer. Log in to www.formed.org and enter our parish login information and here you will find educational programs, such as Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron and others, along with movies and books. We encourage all parishioners to take advantage of these opportunities.
St. Ann Parish also has educational and inspirational CD's available in the Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the gathering space in the Church. These CD's are an excellent and easy way to learn more about your faith will driving to work, exercising or working around the house. The talks are available on CD, or via mp3 downloads from their website. Please click the image below for more information on the many talks and other materials they have available.