The RCIA process is the ordinary way through which a person enters into full membership in the Catholic Church. Beginning in September, those inquiring into the possibility of joining the Church meet weekly with the pastoral staff coordinator of the RCIA and a TEAM, consisting of volunteers who represent the parish at large in welcoming and accompanying these “inquirers” on their faith journey.
The process is punctuated by a series of ritual blessings or “rites” which are celebrated at Sunday Liturgies. Inquirers who wish to continue the process are welcomed through the Rite of Acceptance, and are designated as Catechumens, those who are not yet baptized, or Candidates, those who are already baptized in another faith tradition. The RCIA meetings consist of prayer, discussions of scriptures, sacraments, the liturgical year, peace and justice issues, service and morality. Finally, those who wish to join the Church are fully initiated at the Easter Vigil Celebration, by receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Adult Faith Formation
The Adult Faith Formation Committee exists primarily to envision, plan and implement opportunities for the ongoing religious education and faith formation of our adults. The varied offerings all have the goal of providing an opportunity to grow in the life of Christ through shared reflection, prayer and study, thereby growing individually and communally to a more mature understanding of our faith and a fuller practice of it. Some examples of existing education/formation opportunities are: Small Christian Communities; Mornings of Reflection; Scripture Lecture Series and Parish Mission.
Religious Education Program
The Religious Education Program, (CRE), is for students in grades kindergarten through eight who are not attending our parish school. Students attending this program will receive faith formation along with sacramental preparation. The calendar includes classes in religious formation set to grade specific benchmarks along with opportunities for music, art, formal prayer, guest speakers, and outreach experiences. Classes are held Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:45 p.m., from September to April at St. Stephen Martyr School, as we cluster with several parishes. Certified catechists blend ambitious curricula with imagination and the opportunity to visit other churches and institutions. All children from Saint Agnes not attending Catholic school, must be enrolled and participating on a regular basis in weekly CRE classes or another program of study approved through the parish religious formation office.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of The Word is taught weekly throughout the year during the Liturgy of The Word at 9:00 a.m. liturgy. Children in attendance range from kindergarten through second grade. Teachers are volunteers who currently rotate on a 12-week cycle. The teachers are typically 2 adults and one middle or high school helper. During the Liturgy of The Word with the children, the lesson usually includes accompany at least one of the readings from Sunday’s liturgy. The teachers do not require any specific training except the Safe Environment, as requested by the Archdiocese and a background check. Books with suggested lesson plans are available to be used.
Vacation Bible Days
Bible Days 2018
6/4/18 (Monday) thru 6/7/18 (Thursday)
For Pre-K thru 5th grade
MISSION: To educate children about the life of Jesus through music, storytelling, sharing bread, fellowship, and crafts. Bible Days will be held 6/4/18 (Monday) thru 6/7/18 (Thursday). Hours are 9:00-12:00 each day. Children entering Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade may attend. Older children can participate by volunteering. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday, 9:00-12:00 to work in craft areas and help prepare food. Tent leaders and nursery helpers are also needed Monday through Thursday, 9:00-12:00. Safe Environment training and a background check are required. Click here to download the Bible Days registration form and volunteer form. We will send you an updated version of the registration form in a couple of weeks.
Safe Environment Training
WHO: ALL VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH OUR CHILDREN
WHAT: SAFE ENVIRONMENT WORKSHOP
WHEN, WHERE, TIME: Training Schedule
The Archdiocese of Louisville is committed to ensuring that children and youth who worship, study, or participate in church sponsored activities can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible. Each Parish is required to maintain accurate records which identify that the following requirements are being followed. In an effort to fulfill this commitment, all employees or volunteers who have regular contact with children or youth are required to participate in one of the Safe Environment Training Workshops.
The Safe Environment Program will be offered through a partnership with the Center for Women and Families. These workshops will cover the following topics:
- Identifying signs of child sexual abuse
- Understanding the dynamics of child sexual abuse including how children are groomed and how they may attempt to reveal their experience
- How to take action in response to child sexual abuse including obligation to report and caring for the abused child
- Becoming familiar with the new Archdiocesan policies and Code of Conduct regarding work with children
Each workshop will last 2 ½ hours. Participants will receive a copy of the new Sexual Abuse Policies and a resource manual. NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. Sign-in sheets will be available at the workshops. There is a form in the back of the booklet that should be filled out by each participant and turned in to the Parish Office to be recorded.As required by the Archdiocese, all “volunteers” who have regular contact with students, athletes, or a child in any church sponsored activity MUST ATTEND ONE of these workshops. Additional workshop dates and times are available at www.loucsaa.org and www.archlou.orgAdditionally, a Youth Leader Request is required to be filled out and submitted for a background check. The required form can be downloaded from the parish website or picked up at the Parish House or School, completed, and turned into the Parish Office.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION!!!