St. Aloysius Parish Faith Formation
Sister Marty Gentillini
Mrs. Marie Abruzzese
Father Steve Paolino
St. Aloysius Parish Office
What is faith formation?
Faith formation is simply our continued effort to seek God in our lives through ongoing catechesis, prayer, participation in the sacraments, and in service to the parish and to our neighbor. The faith formation program at St. Aloysius Parish helps to guide both youth and adults in that task by providing numerous opportunities to study divine revelation and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to pray and worship God in Mass, in retreats, and in small groups, and to find Christ in spiritual friendships that are developed in social events. In particular, this formation comprises of our Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) for parish children grades 1-6 who do not attend our parish school, our St. Aloysius Youth Life Teen Youth Ministry Program (St.A.Y. Life Teen), the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.), which is for those adults and youth who seek full sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church, Adult Faith Formation, and numerous liturgical and spiritual events throughout the year.
Jesus Christ calls us to always persevere in discipleship, for 'just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me,' (John 15:4). In the same chapter, he further explains that to 'remain in him' means to remain in his love. How do we remain in the love of Christ? By following his commandments and by giving ourselves in love to God and to our neighbor. In doing this, Christ tells us that his very joy will be in us and that it will be complete (John 15: 1-17). So it is only in the Christian life, united to Christ in prayer, in the sacraments, and in service that we find true, everlasting joy and purpose. Whether you are single, married, widowed, young, middle-aged, or elderly, we ask you to give faith formation a try at St. Aloysius.
Most fundamentally, this formation is and always will be the Eucharist: the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity offered by Christ to the Father for our salvation. By attending Mass on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, and as often during the week as possible, we encounter the 'source and summit' of the Church and of our spiritual lives. Secondly, this foundation is also comprised of the Sacrament of Penance, through which we receive the most infinite and tender mercy of God no matter how great or numerous our sins. Like in the story of the prodigal son, our heavenly Father seeks with a loving gaze to forgive our sins and to thereby prepare us for a true reunion with Him (Luke 15: 11-32). By constantly seeking the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Penance, we encounter the living God, who gives us life, joy, forgiveness, and salvation.
Whether you are Catholic or non-Catholic, a parishioner or non-parishioner, we welcome you to take part in one of our faith formation groups. You will find more information regarding these groups in the links above, as well as the contact information for any questions you may have. God bless you.