Dear parents, grandparents and guardians
Please bring your children and teens to the 11 am Kickoff Sunday mass next Sunday 19 January and then register them afterwards for the 2020 catechism year.
Holy Redeemer offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) programme to children from the age of 3. This methodology makes use of Montessori teaching principles to help children develop an informed and genuine relationship with God. CGS responds to the child’s silent plea “Help me to draw close to God by myself”. CGS also prepares them for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, which is a 4-year process, so children must be registered at the start of grade 1. We, however, would prefer children to be registered at 3 years of age as who does not want their child to develop a deep, lifelong relationship with God as soon as possible.
This year we will be introducing Edge at Holy Redeemer. Edge is a youth ministry programme for post First Holy Communion children in junior school and presents Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand. It provides a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith and to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge answers the needs of this age group in a catechetical, fun and relevant way and provides a foundation for youth to continue onto Life Teen. Edge will take place in the parish hall every second Friday from 6 pm till 8 pm.
Life Teen is the Confirmation programme followed at Holy Redeemer and leads high school teenagers into a deeper relationship with Jesus and His Church. It takes place on Sunday evenings.
After successful completion of 3 years in the Life Teen programme, teenagers are admitted to the fourth year where they complete their final preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They meet on Thursday evenings. The catechists at Holy Redeemer look forward to a wonderful year getting to know your children, your teens and you a little better as we share and grow our faith together. We also ask you to consider that just as we cannot expect a child to do well in school without the active involvement of parents at home after school, so too, parents cannot expect their children to grow in faith as they should without their concerted effort to bring them to mass each week and to provide catechesis in the home.
May God bless you and your family, Aldina