The Faith Formation Staff at St. Cecilia’s is to help you as parents/guardians to nurture and foster growth in the Catholic faith of your children. We are aided by the tremendous help from catechists/volunteers of our Parish who give of their time and talents in a variety of ways.
Options for Faith Formation
We have two different options for Faith Formation – Traditional Classroom Style and a multi-aged, Montessori based program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Option 1: Classroom-based
Our Elementary Classroom Faith Formation program is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We utilize the “Be My Disciples” series published by RCL Benziger. “Be My Disciples” is a spiral curriculum that covers the Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Gospel, the Saints, and other Catholic teachings appropriate to each grade level.
Elementary Classroom Faith Formation is offered in two different sessions on Wednesdays at the St. Cecilia Education Center; parents can pick which time is best for their family. Class sessions with fewer than 5 students may be combined with another grade level.
Option 2: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is offered at a variety of times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This program is for children ages 3-12. Click here to learn more.
For other questions contact Melissa Gutshall, Coordinator of Elementary Faith Formation.
Please see our Sacrament pages. Click here for Reconciliation and here for Communion.
Mass Minutes with Melissa
Short reflections to better prepare children to hear the Gospel message during weekend Mass. Most weeks you will find a task or a challenge for your family. Head over to Shepherding our Lambs (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2366483573645898) on Facebook to share your family’s response to the weekly challenge.
Family Matters Newsletter from the Archdiocese of Dubuque – a monthly free resource from the Arch to live your faith at home emailed right to your inbox
Daily Mass Reading from the USCCB
Preparing a Prayer Space in your Home
Catholic Icing – At home activities and lessons to live your Catholic faith through your domestic home.
Mass Resources For Children – This is from Catholic Icing with specific ideas for keeping the spirit of Mass alive while we are unable to attend in our church. Once we head back to celebrating Mass at the church, there are numerous resources to help your child focus and pray through Mass.
Intentional Catholic Parenting – Learn how to fulfill your sacred mission as parents. This site will help you to build and maintain the connection you have with your children and to grow your family’s faith in a rich Christian identity. Includes podcast episodes and book club resources.
Catholic Parents Online – Great resource for families with all ages of children. This site strives to be a resource for Catholic parents to live out thier role as the primary educator of their children, fully aware of the difficulties this presents in secular society.
Parenting with Love and Logic – Looking for a way to raise responsible, respectable, strong children in today’s culture? Parenting with Love and Logic is dedicated to making parenting fun and rewarding by providing you tools and techniques to have healthy relationships with your children.
Magnificat & Magnificat Kids – NOW FREE ONLINE English and Spanish Versions
Catholic Sprouts – parenting community that offers support, resources and inspiration
The Good Shepherd and the Child – podcast by the United States Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Organization exploring the spirituality of the Christian child
Abiding Together – a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym, providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ
Catholic All Year – blog by Kendra Tierney who shares ideas how her family lives their Catholic faith at home
Father Mike Schmitz – podcast, video clips and more
Books for Children
Catholic Sprouts has books and materials for children on adoration, the rosary and Holy Week.
The Great Adventure Storybook – A Walk Through the Catholic Bible by Emily Cavins, Lisa Bromschwig, Regina Neville, and Linda Wandrei
Books for Adults
The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life by Kendra Tierney
Busy Lives & Restless Souls by Becky Eldredge
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
Beautiful Mercy by Matthew Kelly
A Deeper Love Retreat – Watch for next summer’s retreat date to be announced – a day away with your spouse to reconnect through conversation, speakers, Mass and more. Focus on the reality, the struggles and the beauty of marriage