GENERATIONS OF FAITH
Generations of Faith (GOF)
An intergenerational approach to religious education for the entire family - a true alternative to traditional religious education. A Lifelong faith Formation for the Whole Parish Community.
This Church is a family where each one of us, children, youth and adults, need each other to grown in faith. We want to gather periodically, like families do, in order to deepen our knowledge of one another and of God’s will in our lives. We invite every member of the families of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish to come and participate in fellowship and faith formation activities so as to go back home enkindled with the fire of the Spirit in their hearts.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Children, Youth, Parents, Grandparents, Sponsors, Extended Family, and Adults who want to learn more about Faith.
FOUNDATIONS OF GENERATIONS OF FAITH
Foundation 1: A Living Faith
Foundation 2: A Lifelong Learning Community
Foundation 3: A comprehensive Framework
Foundation 4: A Model of Catechizing Activity
FOUNDATION 1: A LIVING FAITH
Informs: nurtures people’s minds and hearts with wisdom of the Catholic Faith
Form: Shaping people’s identity and lifestyle through Christian Discipleship.
Transform: empower people to live their faith
FOUNDATION 2: A LIFE LONG LEARNING COMMUNITY
Every activity of Church Life is viewed as an opportunity for learning.
Prepares people for active, conscious, meaningful participation in liturgy and the Church year.
Reflects on the meaning and significance of their participation
Prepares people for the work of justice and service
Reflects on the connection between their actions and their faith
Contributes to a strong sense of community, a deepening of Catholic commitment and an increase in Catholic practice.
FOUNDATION 3: A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK
Promotes knowledge of Faith
Liturgical education: teaches meaning of liturgy and sacraments
Moral Formation: fosters conversion of life and values
Teaches to Pray
Education of community life: how we live our faith
Missionary initiation: equipping the faithful to be present as Christians in society.
Foundation 4: A model of Catechizing Activity
A faith approach of immersing people more deeply in the life of the church
Learn by participating and experiencing
Integrating practices into each person’s life.
Practice 1: Connected Catechists: Prepare, Engage, Reflect/Apply
Generations of Faith prepares people of all ages for participation in Church events and helps them reflect and apply the meaning of the event into their lives as Catholics.
Preparation empowers people to participate completely in the event and then live out its meaning and significance.
Engaging in the event by actively participating transforms peoples lives and they learn.
Reflection helps people to share their experience and apply the meaning to their daily lives.
Practice 2: Intergenerational Catechesis
Generations of Faith provides events-centered catechetical programs for all ages and generations in the parish
Generations share and learn from each other
Provides an environment where new ways of living one’s faith can be practiced.
Provides adult role models
Promotes understanding and respect for all individuals in all stages and ages of life through shared values and a
Helps to overcome the age-segregated nature of Church programs.
Practice 3: Alignment of Catechesis for All Ages
Generations of Faith aligns the whole faith community in a common theme which will maximize family members opportunity for sharing and activities.
Practice 4: Home Faith Formation
Generations of Faith empowers and enables individuals and families to live their faith at home and in the world. It enhances faith sharing at home. It provides resources and tools to extend and expand the learning from the event to their daily lives and home life.