Faith Formation Goals

“Catechesis aims at putting “people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 426


Our Faith Formation program at Holy Spirit strives to provide a community where families can experience God’s Word and Love so that faith becomes living, conscious and active in their daily lives. We believe that only a meaningful relationship with Christ can allow each child and family to thrive. It is proven that in order for children to accept and be nourished by the teachings of the Church, parents must be actively and directly involved in teaching and living the faith.  At Holy Spirit we partner with the family, the “domestic church,” as the most important Christian influence. It is in the home that a child truly learns the faith and comes to know who God is. We support families with faith-filled and formed catechesis, not only for the children but for parents as well. We seek to provide Catholic resources to engage the whole family and opportunities for families to live out the sacramental life of the Church. Faith Formation classes taught both at church by catechists and at home by parents reinforce the traditions of our faith and each child’s Roman Catholic identity. A variety of parish events help support the child in learning to celebrate our faith within a community of believers. 

We recognize as children reach their middle school years they actively call everything into question and their faith, no matter how lovingly and strongly given to them before this, is often also questioned. What we see is in sixth grade they ask all "the big questions" the ones philosophers have wrestled with for ages. But we also see they are hungry for good answers, they still want to believe. These questions are good and have good answers. Sadly what sometimes happens is the kid might never get these good answers and instead are fed the false answers of the secular anti Christian broader world. No surprise then that statistics reveal that by age 13 many young Catholics have already given up on the faith.

At Holy Spirit we are committed to respecting our young minds and hearts and strive to show them the way to the good answers to their questions. This takes courage and strong formation on the part of both catechists and parents so as not to shy away from tough issues and to be able to confidently and actively inform teens that the Catholic faith is counter-cultural and better than the secular culture.

Through the cooperative effort of parents, catechists, and students, our children will grow in their love for God and knowledge of their Catholic faith, develop their God-given gifts and talents, and live as contributing, respectable citizens through their commitment to service as Catholic Christians.


  • Message/Word: guiding families toward a deeper personal understanding of our Catholic faith by teaching Jesus’ message of love through Scripture, Tradition and History of the Catholic Church.
  • Worship/Prayer: assisting families with spiritual development and prayer by providing a variety of communal prayer and worship experiences that involve people in the sacramental life of the church.
  • Family: creating a partnership where all family members feel comfortable sharing their time, talents, and faith.
  • Community: nurturing meaningful relationships between families, the parish, and the public and encouraging everyone to take responsibility as leaders in parish and community-wide programs.
  • Service and Justice: empowering families to work for social justice by addressing human suffering, serving those in need, pursuing peace, and defending the life and dignity of all people.

Interested in joining our Catechetical Team?


Faith Formation

Director of Faith Formation

Valerie Byrnes

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