Generations of Faith

Generations of Faith


Generations of Faith (GOF) is an innovative approach to faith formation that involves all generations in learning and growing in their faith. Through parish preparation programs and participation in church life, lifelong faith formation is established.

 

The GOF approach to faith formation is guided by key principles and practices:


Event-Centered


The curriculum is fashioned around the events of the shared life of the church: the church year, the sacraments and liturgy, prayer and spirituality, and prayer. Each event begins with a meal and an opening experience that illustrates the topic. We then either break into age appropriate small groups, to learn more about the topic or we move in multi-generational groups to different learning stations. We gather together for closing prayer. We six time a year on either Friday evenings from 6-8:30, or Sunday afternoons from 12:15-2:45.


Lifelong and Cyclic

 

The events of church life form a curriculum that immerses people in the natural rhythm and pattern of the life of the faith community.


Emergent
 

The beliefs and practices for living as a Catholic today emerge from the life and events of the faith community.

 

Alignment

 

The whole parish uses the same theological focus to prepare for common events and themes.


Catechetical Focus

 

The preparation programs, home activities, and reflections lead people to focus on the event and apply the learning to their lives.


Home Faith Formation.

 

Home materials help families celebrate traditions and rituals, pray together, serve others and work for justice, and enrich relationships
 


 

 

 

 

 

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2015 - 2016

"The Francis Effect"

 

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What Are They Saying about GOF?

 

Parent
As a mother of four, I' m always happy to participate in GOF.  For me it’s a way to show my children they can have fun at church.  When they participate at Mass it seems as if I am always saying, ”Don’t talk out loud.” “Don’t do this” “Don’t do that.” But at GOF they are free to express themselves as they learn about their faith and religion.  It is nice for them to be with all ages because Mom dad and Grandma are there too, and that means church is not for elderly only, but for the whole family.

Child, grade 2

Junior High Student

High School Student

Adult
I enjoy meeting the young people and hearing what they are learning and see the crafts they are able to accomplish with Sister Kathy.  I am also happy to learn some of the things I may have forgotten over 75 years ago as a youngster in Catholic schools.  I look forward to every meeting.