The Catholic Parishes in Waterloo are committed to providing life-long faith formation, enrichment and spiritual growth for Catholics at every age and stage of life. Because the Church "exists to evangelize," as Pope Paul VI declared in his 1975 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi,faith formation is a fundamental commitment and responsibility inherent in our very nature as a Catholic faith community.
We exist to lead people to personal conversion and social transformation in Jesus Christ.
Catechesis, which is the technical word for faith formation, is one aspect or one component of evangelization. It is the way in which Christian faith communities intentionally and systematically pass on both the words and deeds of Jesus Christ from one generation to the next. It consists not only of a message -- certain ideas, or teachings -- but also an experience, a personal encounter, with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, who lives among us in the Body of Christ on earth.
Effective faith formation begins with proclamation of the Good News which invites us to conversion and prepares us for sacramental initiation; it then then provides continuing formation which nourishes and deepens the faith-life of the individual and the community.
The goal of faith formation, as the General Director for Catechesisexplains, "is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ" alive in the Christian community.
Our commitment to life-long faith formation includes Catholics at every age and stage in life:
• the very young and their parents,
• emerging adults
• older adults
• persons with special needs
• those who are marginalized by social, political, economic, moral, spiritual or personal
The goal of faith formation at every age and stage is to develop in the individual and in the faith community a knowledge of the faith, the disposition for liturgy and prayer, an ability for mission, and moral education for community life.