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Faith Formation Minstries

Many volunteers are needed to help pass along the Catholic faith and traditions to our young people and to those wishing to become Catholic, as well as to enrich the lives of our adult parishioners.  There are many different ways in which to help and training is provided. If you are interested in helping in any of these ministries or would like more information, please submit the form  below or call the parish office.

Alpha Team: PArishioners who have been through the Alpha sessions are encouraged to become table leaders or hosts or to help with the food.
K-6 Catechists: Our catechists do not replace parents in the role as "primary catechist" of children, but they are to help support parents in their role and to help our youth explore the Roman Catholic faith and grow in their relationship with Christ and His Church.  Catechists lead a class of six to twelve children as they explore topics of the faith, prayer, and examples of how to live as disciples of Christ in everyday life.

K-6 Assistants: Assistants help in a particular class that takes place on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm either at Holy Family or Brunswick Elementary School or Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 pm during the school year.  They help the catechist when necessary to execute parts of the lessons and also help to supervise and assist the children as needed.
RCIA Breaking Open the Word Leaders: 
The RCIA Catechumens take part in Breaking Open the Word sessions most Sundays.  The leader reads, reflects, and prays with the scripture for the particular Sunday he/she is assigned to lead the session.  He/she also uses resources available in the parish library and reputable websites to prepare points of discussion on the themes found in the Sunday scriptures.  The point of the session is to help the candidates come to a better understanding of what God is saying to them through Sacred Scripture and how they can apply it to their lives.  It is also to help reinforce the teachings of the Church.  The sessions usually take place at the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays.  They start after the homily when the priest dismisses the catechumens.  
RCIA Catechist: 
RCIA Catechists lead Inquiry and Catechumenate sessions for those preparing to be initiated into the Catholic Church.  The sessions usually take place on Tuesday nights and focus on a particular topic or a group of topics.  Catechists are encouraged to seek certification through the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Equip for Ministry program, but certification is not a requirement for becoming a catechist.  Catechists should have knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Faith, be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, love the Lord, and desire to deepen his/her relationship with HIm and help others do the same.
TYM Advisors: 
 TYM Advisors are asked to be present to our young people and pass on their faith in Jesus Christ. Fostering relationships based on trust and respect is very important. TYM advisors meet once every month from 7-8:30 pm to plan TYM sessions. Pre-planned sessions from the Center for Ministry Development program called Youth Ministry Access is used along with other resources. All adult volunteers must be “Stand Trained”.
Baptism Class Leaders: 
Class leaders teach our baptism preparation class for the parents of infants who will be baptized.  The class is laid out in a leaders guide involving video, additional information sharing and discussion from the facilitator, and reviewing the baptism ritual.  Training is provided by the Director of Faith Formation and through shadowing one or two classes. 
Vacation Bible School Helpers: Many volunteers are needed to help plan and implement the program, lead a small group, assist in a small group, lead arts and crafts, or help with the snack station.
Help with Family Events: Volunteers are needed to assist the Faith Formation team with Advent and Lenten events.
Sacrament Prep:  Volunteers are needed to help with Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation Preparation.