Children's Catechesis (PK - 5th)
Our Elementary Catechesis Program employs several different methods in both English and Spanish to serve the spiritual needs of the children at our parish. We currently offer two methods to our English-speaking parish families: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for our youngest children and a more traditional Classroom Method based on the use of a textbook. We hope to offer both of these methods to our Spanish-speaking families in the future. Until that time, we offer the traditional classroom method to our Spanish-speaking families.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (PK-3rd)
CGS is a Montessori-based curriculum that helps the child encounter Christ and His Church through Scripture, Liturgy, and the work of their hands. Specially prepared materials are offered to the child to help them enter more deeply into the truths of our Faith and knowledge of Christ as the Good Shepherd. As a result, the child learns to deeply meditate on Scripture, participate more fully in the Liturgy and the Life of the Church, and contemplate God’s love for them.
Traditional Classroom Method (1st-5th)
The Traditional Classroom Method utilizes a rich textbook resource along with the Ecclesial Model of teaching the Faith, that not only offers information about our beautiful Catholic Faith to the children, but also invites them into a life-long relationship of love with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Both the English and Spanish textbook-based catechesis programs are designed to engage the child’s heart and head with Scripture, Prayer, and Community.
The Role of Parents
The first catechists in any child’s life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home – both positive and negative – provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home or “domestic church” provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as understand it.
Our goal is to create a program of lifelong faith formation that is centered in and flows out of the events of Church life. It embraces all ages and generations, promotes faith growth at home and promotes participation in parish life.
For more information on Children’s Catechesis (PK-5) at St. Francis, including enrolling your child or becoming a catechist, please contact:
Jackie Bedore // 817-481-2685 ext. 241 // [email protected]
Hispanic Ministry & Spanish Catechesis
Sister Edid Torres, MCSH // 817-481-2685 ext. 239 // [email protected]
If your child has special needs that require assistance in the classroom, please contact Jackie Bedore at [email protected] for more information.
Homeschool Online Catechesis Option
Parents are the primary educators and catechists in the life of their children. Ideally, all catechesis would primarily take place in the home. We are happy to provide resources for parents to guide their children directly in growing and maturing in the faith. For more information about this option, click the button below.