Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church


GIFT (Faith Formation)

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Schedule for GIFT 2017-2018 

Session 1      September 17/18

Session 2      October 1 and 2

Session 3      October 22/23

Session 4      November 12/13

Session 5      December 10/11

Session 6      January 7/8

Session 7      January 28/29

Session 8      February 18/19

Session 9      March 18/19

Session 10    April 15/16

 

GIFT Registration forms 2017-2018

Registration forms will be available sometime this summer.

 

  • What is GIFT?

     

    • GIFT is our Faith Formation program.
    • An innovative approach to faith formation for everyone!!
    • It is a true inter-generational learning experience as singles, seniors, couples and families/households of all varieties and forms gather to grow in faith together.
    • Our gatherings include:
      • A delicious prepared meal so we can relax, eat together, and socialize:
      • An opening experience that is an introduction to the theme of the session.
      • Learning sessions on the topic that are age appropriate
      • A brief closing activity that takes a variety of forms
      • Resources for sharing at home
  • Why GIFT?

    The answer to this question is really a series of questions:

    • How might we offer Catholic Christians a method of faith formation that speaks to both their lives and the world we live in?
    • How can we walk with those people who desire to be the Light of Christ in their communities?
    • How do we help strengthen those who still feel that faith is a priority, but struggle in commitment?
    • How do we make sense of all that is part and parcel of Catholicism?
    • How can we live our faith and grow in it in the day to day of family, jobs, etc.?
    • How can we create a “norm” for living the Gospel message? Or, for even simply  talking about God and praying in our homes?
  • When is GIFT?

    • GIFT takes place 10 times a year  from September through April
    • You would choose to come on a Sunday after the 10:30 Liturgy (about 11:45 am) and expect to stay until 2:15 pm or 2:30 pm or come Monday evening at 5:30 pm until about 8:15 pm.
    • Households with school aged children: our expectation is that you will be in attendance the entire 10 sessions each year.
    • Click here for a printable calendar.
    • If your child is preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist , you will also participate in a separate preparation program.

    1st grade parents

    2nd grade parents

    Online form 

    Printable form

  • How much does GIFT cost?

    Season Pass (Good for all 10 Sessions plus meals and supplies! )

    • $ 120  Household…1-2 Adults
    • $ 200  Household with 1 child (K4-Gr. 11)
    • $ 280  Household with 2 children
    • $ 360  Household with 3 children
    • $ 440  Household with 4 or more children
    • *** NO FEE for children age 3 and under and seniors in high school ***
    • $ 50  Sacrament Prep Fee ( Grade 2 )
    • $ 100  Senior Household (65 years and older)

    Additionally:

    • Sacrament Prep fees are separate
    • Payments can be made in full or quarterly; Tuition scholarships are also available
  • How can I get involved in GIFT?

    GIFT Core Team

    The GIFT Core Team assists, plans and evaluates each monthly GIFT session. Some experience in planning processes and our Catholic teachings is helpful. A sincere desire to explore and plan for the whole community is necessary. This team meets every other month.

    GIFT Core Team schedule

     

    GIFT Catechists

    Adults (21 and older) are needed to teach our faith for K4-K5 yr. olds, Gr. 1-2, Gr. 3-4, Gr. 5-6, Gr. 7-8, Gr. 9-10, and Confirmation. Guide plans and materials for each session are provided.

    Catechists are asked to work together to implement and evaluate each session. In-service training, safe environment training and continuing education are needed. The catechist should be a person of faith actively involved in the liturgy and life of the parish.

    If you enjoy working with children and youth and desire to share your faith, you are invited to call our faith formation directors for more details.

    Contact:

    Steve Szymanski…………………………. Grade K4 through Grade 4

    Mary Osep…………………………………………………………Grades 5-12

     

    GIFT Aides

    Teens and adult helpers are needed to assist the catechists with the activities and needs of the children and youth.

    Teens and adult helpers are needed to assist the catechists with the activities and needs of the children and youth.

    Contact:

    Mary Osep…………………………………. (414) 541-9470, Ext. 15 or

    Steve Szymanski………………………………………..(414) 541-9470, Ext. 27

     

    GIFT Cooks

    If you enjoy cooking for a crowd, consider helping us by preparing the Sundays noon meal or the Monday evening dinner. A small stipend is offered for this service.

    Contact:  Mary Osep…………………………………. (414) 541-9470, Ext. 15

     

    GIFT Kitchen Aides/Clean-up

    Another great way to enter into this community celebration is to help us with the food set-up/serving, post meal clean-up and session clean-up [the following day]. Kitchen helpers arrive an hour before the session begins and stay until the food is put away and dishes are done.  Clean-up helpers arrive the morning after a session to clear and wipe the tables.

    Contact:  Mary Osep…………………………………. (414) 541-9470, Ext. 15