The Catholic Community  of St. John Neumann
A Christian Church of the Catholic Tradition
Califon, NJ

Whole Family Catechesis
 “Family-centered catechetical programs are opportunities for parents to catechize their children directly, for spouses to catechize each other and for children to catechize one another and their parents.” National Directory for Catechesis #61.2

GIFT- Growing in Faith Together

Our  Catechesis Assembly gives families the opportunity to socialize and pray with one another prior to dividing into age appropriate groups. Through these classes everyone gains a deeper understanding of the message of Jesus and his Church. In this way, we are able to form a stronger community across all generations while allowing everyone to learn about the teachings of Christ in a manner that is both accessible and challenging.

The Church has defined seven Sacraments in which Catholics may partake. The initiation Sacraments that admit one to the family of God are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (or Holy Communion.) The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance.)  The Sacraments of Service to the Church are Marriage and Holy Orders (celebrated for the bishop, priests and deacons.)

In our parish the Sacraments are prepared for as a parish and by the family in their home churches. The students participate in liturgy and seasonal parish celebrations. The sacramental preparation is a separate standing program from faith formation, homeschooling and Catholic school.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparations include the youth as well as their parents. They attend classes as a group so that all can come to a deeper appreciation of the Sacraments.  Confirmation Preparation is a two year formation process. This formation includes a Day of Invitation, Rite of Covenant and a Day of Reflection Retreat. The Day of Reflection Retreat is a parent sponsor event. The Confirmation Retreat Team sponsors an overnight retreat and reflection for the students prior to the celebration of Confirmation.

Whole Family Catechesis-GIFT