Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph 6:16)
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).
The importance of a Catholic Christian’s lifelong faith formation – or catechesis, a Greek word simply meaning resounding the Good News of Jesus Christ – was emphasized by Pope John Paul II when he wrote, “You can be sure that if catechesis is done well in your local churches, everything else will be easier to do.”
Guided first and foremost by sacred scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the General Directory for Catechesis, here at St. Mary’s Parish we have accepted the responsibility as disciples of Christ to teach as Jesus did, thereby offering faith formation for parishioners of all ages.