The Church of St. Patrick’s recognizes the importance of introducing children to the faith at a very young age and offers two different formation options for Pre-School children, ages 3-6. Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place during the 9:00 AM Mass two times a month and helps children to enter into the Mass at their level and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at the St. Patrick’s Atrium invites children to get to know Jesus the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for us, His sheep. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an open program, available to all parish children and guests while Atrium requires registration. See the specific pages for more information.
Preschool Formation Programs
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program here at St. Patrick Catholic Church is designed to help young children, ages 3-6, explore their relationship with God and His Church. Participants meet in our Atrium, a child-sized environment filled with a collection of objects used to engage a child’s interest and help them have a hands-on experience with the Scriptures, the Liturgy, meditation, and prayer.
Emphasis areas of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd include:
- Articles of the Altar
- Infancy Narratives
- Gestures of the Mass
- Parables—emphasizing the Good Shepherd
- The Liturgical Year of the Church
- The geography of the Holy Land
Registration is required for participation and volunteer catechists and assistants are always welcome.
Registration is required for participation and volunteer catechists and assistants are always welcome. More information can be found on the National Catechesis of the Good Shepherd web site.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word helps young children relate to the Mass on their own level by exploring the Word of God using The Children’s Lectionary for Masses, which is approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets twice each month during the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00AM Mass when all children ages 3-6 are invited to come forward to participate. Trained catechists then lead the children through prayer and reflection on the Sunday readings. The children return to the Mass for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
There is no cost to participate and registration is not required. All children ages 3-6 are welcome and encouraged to take part. Volunteer catechists and assistants are also welcomed to get involved with this important ministry.