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Faith Formation

But wait... no CCD?

Making Disciples through Adult-Centered Faith Formation is one of our goals at Mary, Queen of the Apostles Parish. Our focus is on the faith of adults and parents of children first and foremost. In turn, the strong faith of the parents, grandparent, or any supportive adult of a child will also form and grow the faith of that child.

As a Church, we've spent much of our time and resources educating children, assuming that the culture and practices of the faith would be learned at home from their household and community- but in these times, we know that children are often not being formed in the faith at home. Still, we know that parents are the first and most effective teachers of their children when it comes to faith. In order to raise the next generation of disciples, we must be a church that empowers adults to share their faith with each other and with their children.

We know, too, that adults and children learn differently- and that while children are often wide-open to Jesus, adults need more depth and application to their learning. Adults are vital to the passing on of the faith, the building up of the church, and to making disciples of Jesus.

"If the current trends in the Catholic Church are to be reversed or stemmed, the Church must increasingly direct its efforts to invigorate its adults, and move them from membership to discipleship" (National Directory of Catechesis, 47, A3). We will need a different culture in the Catholic Church, one that takes seriously the importance of lifelong learning, and puts more emphasis on and resources into creating a Church of adult disciples. The creation of this culture must be purposeful and intentional." Edmund Gordon in Lifelong Faith, Fall 2008

Explore the MQOA Disciple Pathway for program for you, your partner, and/or family or start your journey with Alpha!


First Things First: Sunday Mass

Mass is central to living out our Catholic Faith; it is where we receive our life-giving bread and learn through Scripture and prayer. Join us in committing yourself and your families to attend Mass weekly to further your life long faith formation. Our community will walk with you on this journey and participate with you during Sunday Mass. We are committed to offering excellent liturgy, through beautiful music, inspiring homilies, and welcoming communities.

We ask for a commitment to attend Mass together regularly. On our part, we commit to improving your experience to be more inspiring, fulfilling, and uplifting. Mass is offered in-person and online.

Mass Schedule


SacramentsFirst Reconciliation & First Communion

Our community will walk with you on this journey. Sacramental Preparation brings both candidates and sponsors/parents to a deeper understanding of the life-long commitment that is made when receiving a Sacrament in the Catholic Church. 

If you have a child in grade 2 or above who have been baptized, we welcome your family to prepare for First Reconciliation and Eucharist. It starts with the First Reconciliation prep, which begins in September each year. Find out more about these sacraments on our sacraments pages. 

We use "Go Seek Find" by St. Mary's Press for First Reconciliation and First Communion and $65 will cover your child's kit and all materials needed. 

Schedule an intake zoom meeting to register your child. When you schedule a time, we'll respond with even more information, and you'll complete registration during the meeting.

After receiving First Reconciliation, your family will be invited to prepare for First Communion, which is received in the Spring of each year.

Program Overview

 


Confirmation

Our community will walk with you on this journey. Sacramental Preparation brings both candidates and sponsors/parents to a deeper understanding of the life-long commitment that is made when receiving a Sacrament in the Catholic Church. 

If you have (or are) a young person in grade 10 or above who has been baptized and has received First Communion, we welcome your family to prepare for Confirmation this year.  The process kicks off with an online meeting for Sophomores and their parents in the fall. You can learn more about this sacrament on our Confirmation page. 

In addition to periodic gatherings throughout the year, our candidates are given a "Decision Point" journal to use to guide them on the sacrament on their own time.

Schedule an intake zoom meeting to register.