Group Information and Policies
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – (3yrs. – 2nd grade) Beginning September 5, during 9 am Sunday Mass. Children hear the readings with Catholic teachings and how they fit in to the Story of Jesus. Responses and gestures appropriate to the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, (Mass) are all part of learning how to participate at Mass. Children quietly re-enter the church and join their family at the end of the Prayers of the Faithful to witness the communities offering, Liturgy of the Eucharist and their family’s reception of Holy Communion.
Our Lady’s Lambs – (Families with Pre-K – 1st grade children) Sessions meet 1st and 3rd Sundays beginning with 10:30 am Mass then the session to follow ending at noon. These family sessions are for the entire family and are celebrations of seasons, Liturgical Feasts and Solemnities of the Church. Twice monthly Sunday gatherings celebrate Liturgical Feasts, seasons and solemnities of the Church. Children attend with their parent or guardian; entire families welcome! We will also gather briefly online each Friday in preparation for the Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy of the upcoming Sunday.
ARISE: (Families with school aged children) Sessions meet 2nd and 4th Sundays beginning with 10:30 am Mass then the session to follow ending at 12:30. These intergenerational sessions are for parents, grandparents, singles and children. Sessions are generally based on the Liturgical season and readings of the day with Scripture, prayer and reflective work with use of various Sacramentals which bring the joy of the Lord for all. We will also gather briefly online each Friday in preparation for the Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy of the upcoming Sunday.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CSG): God and the child have a unique relationship, particularly before the age of six. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives primary focus to that relationship through Jesus and offers a sacred place where the child can explore that relationship through proclamations and a special place to ponder His Word. This relationship is affirmed for the child and nurtures the child in drawing nearer to God and His Church. Good Shepherd has two levels named Atrium I and Atrium II; Limited space for safety.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium) LevelI: (Ages 3-6/Grades Pre-K-2) Weekly Sessions Mondays 4:15–5:15pm. In Level I, the Good Shepherd is at the heart of all catechesis. The Atrium is a place where the child will learn to listen for God through Scripture and the works designed to nourish those realizations that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the Good Shepherd Loves His Sheep. All the works in Level I are foundational for learning Catholic Teaching about the Incarnation, Covenant Relationship and the Sacred Liturgy. CSG Level I sessions are held in the Atrium of Nazareth located in the upstairs of the Activity Center; the elevator is available for our use.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II: (Ages 7-9/generally Grades 2-3) Weekly Sessions Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm, Thursdays 4:15–5:15pm or Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm. The True Vine is at the heart of the Level II Atrium, whereas, the Good Shepherd was at the heart of the Level I Atrium. In Level II the age of reason has come upon the child and the realizations are that we are the branch connected to the vine. In addition the History of the Kingdom of God from Creation to Parousia are presented and considered. CSG Level II sessions are held in the Atrium of Nazareth located in the upstairs of the Activity Center; the elevator is available for your use.
Children’s Connection: (Grades 4, 5 & 6) Weekly sessions Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm. Sharing, Prayer, & Church Teachings relate our Children’s Connection and the upcoming Sunday Scriptures to family living. Weekly Liturgically Based Catechesis including workbooks and fun activities help develop children’s understanding of what the Church Believes and Teaches.
Y-Disciples: (Grades 7-8) Weekly sessions Mondays 7:00-8:15pm. Multimedia sessions with Church teaching and discussion, combined with monthly prayer experiences in the church, adoration chapel or outdoors. Discipleship groups engage in focused discussion/reflection on Scripture and Tradition as they prepare for the upcoming Sunday Mass.
L.O.F.T.: (Grade 9) Weekly sessions Mondays 7:00-8:15pm. Teachings of the Catholic Church supported by Scripture and Tradition are the focus of this weekly session. Discipleship groups engage in specific discussions as questions are encouraged, discussed and answered with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Misunderstandings of Catholic Teachings are especially addressed and explained with the objective of discovering Truth and Beauty.
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Church: 26 Thorn Ave, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Office: 43 Argyle Place, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Business Office: (716) 662-9339
Faith Formation Office: (716) 662-2169
School Office: (716) 662-7572
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