Faith Formation

All parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland are expected to offer a comprehensive and systematic catechetical program for elementary age children – grades 1 through 8 –  as well as lifelong catechesis for adults.  This is crucial because of the fundamental importance of catechesis in the life of the parish, as leadership and all adult members strive to pass on a knowledge of and appreciation for the Catholic faith.  This is what Ss. Cosmas & Damian offers:

Contact: Joni Smith ext. 348

Children ages 4 through Kindergarten discover and experience the wonders of God and God’s love through stories, lessons, activities, songs, crafts and prayers.  Through the weekly faith themes the children discover God’s love and what it means to live a life of faith.

Classes are held Sunday Mornings following the PSR schedule, September through April, 9:30 am to 10:45 pm.  Pre-registration is required as class size is limited.

Structured Classroom
Contact: Joni Smith (330) 425-8141 ext. 348

The primary right and responsibility for the religious education and spiritual formation of children is that of the parents (Council of Vatican II).  In addition to Generations of Faith (GOF) and parental instruction of their children in the faith, all youth are encouraged to receive faith formation in Grades 1-12.  Structured classroom faith formation (formally known as PSR), meets weekly on Saturday or Sunday mornings, from September – May.

Home School
Contact: Joni Smith (330) 425-8141 ext. 348

As the primary teachres of the faith for their children (National Directory of Catechesis, p. 234) parents provide catechesis for their children in their home.  The Diocese of Cleveland instructs that the parents meet regularly with their children for a systematic and comprehensive study of Catholic beliefs and traditions.  A grade level text series chosen by the parish form the United States Catholic Conference of Bishop’s approved listing of parish student texts is used to determine the curriculum and incorporation of instruction on Scripture and Tradition, liturgy and the liturgical year, creed, sacraments, commandments, moral life and prayer.  Catechetical leaders support this model by providing orientation and training for parents.  At prescribed intervals, parents meet with the Pastor and/or Catechetical leader to monitor the progress the family is making in catechizing their child/children.  As parents continue to seek formation and growth in their personal faith and in their knowledge of Church doctrine and Scripture, the Office of Catechetical Services and this parish will offer programs and workshops in order to assist them.  Families are strongly encouraged to attend the parish Generations of Faith sessions.

Adult Education
Contact: Darlene Bednarz

Adult Education opportunities are included in the Generations of Faith (GOF) events, Bible Study and other events such as “Practice Makes Catholic” that are scheduled throughout the year.  In age appropriate lessons, adults are challenged to grow in their faith and understanding of church doctrine, faith and morals, worship and sacraments, among many other topics.  ALL are invited and encouraged to come and increase their knowledge and level of faith and understanding.

Generations of Faith (GOF)
Contact: Joni Smith

Is for EVERYONE – single, married, children, youth, young adults, adults, seniors, living in families or alone, participating in parochial schools, public schools, home-school, or any and every demographic group.  With deep roots in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the General Directory of Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis, the Generations of Faith approach to WHOLE COMMUNITY CATECHESIS provides six opportunities each year for households of our parish to gather and grow in faith.  ALL HOUSEHOLDS registering for Faith Formation are included in each of the Generations of Faith events.

Vacation Bible School
Contact: Keri Knowles

Held annually early in June, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Open to children age 4 to incoming 5th graders.  Youth and adult volunteers coordinate and run the program.  The children participate in a lesson, craft, snack, game and music each day as related to the Biblical theme of the annual program.  Registration takes place in May; enrollment is limited.  Volunteer meeting takes place in late March.  A NEW COORDINATOR FOR THIS MINISTRY IS NEEDED.