KNOW COMMISSION

Faith Formation, Small Groups, Sacramental Preparation

Make Disciples by promoting lifelong growth in the knowledge and sharing of our faith.

                                        Chairs: Begonia Fernandez, begotexas@gmail.com                                               Felipe Macias, fmacias2006@gmail.com

FAITH FORMATION

Children, Teens and Adults (support teams, catechists, facilitators)

Catechist (Pre K - 4th) - A Catechist is a volunteer who teaches the Faith of the Catholic Church by both word and example.  Anyone who loves to share his/her faith through teaching in a classroom environment, who wishes to develop a deeper relationship with Christ and Church, who wants to be in communion with the Catholic Church, and who is willing to work on a team and collaborate for the good of the parish can be a Catechist! Katie Kozak, kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com

Catechist Aide (Pre K - 4th)A Catechist Aide is an important volunteer who assists the Catechist. Anyone who is would like to impart the faith to the children of our parish, while growing in their own faith would be a great Catechist Aide.  Katie Kozak, kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com

Parent Team (5th - 12th) - The Parent Team is a group of adult volunteers who want to assist in youth ministry in a capacity other than being a catechist or a small group leader. Parent Team provides food for Faith Formation and events, helps with event transportation, hall monitoring, fundraising and other needs of the ministry. Nicole Ducharme ducharmen@ssjwoodlands.com.

Small Group Leaders (adolescents)Small Group Leaders will be the main “catechists” for the high school youth. Each Sunday they will engage the teens in conversation about the topic for the week, and help them to see how it applies to and affects their lives. Small Group Leaders will also occasionally give large-group talks over catechetical topics. Assistant Small Group Leaders help facilitate group discussions. Nicole Ducharme ducharmen@ssjwoodlands.com.

Children's Liturgy of the WordWhen we facilitate the Liturgy of the Word with children, we are trying to:                                                                                                                         1) Help children to have an age-appropriate experience of the Liturgy of the Word.             2) Help children to apply the Word of God to their own experiences and actions.                 3) Help children to become closer to God.                                                                               4) Help children to learn how to participate, both internally and externally, in the celebration of the Mass.

We need volunteers to help us provide an age-appropriate liturgical experience for our children. Leaders are trained as lectors to proclaim the Word and assistants help the leaders in managing the room. We are looking especially for volunteers at the 5:45 pm Mass so we can expand this ministry.  Training, support, and mentoring will be provided. John Yantosca, jyantosca@aol.com  or  Michelle Charnisky, mmc_04lady@yahoo.com

St. Jerome Library -Our mission is to create a comfortable and inviting place to inspire parishioners to seek out materials that will enrich and strengthen their spirituality in the Catholic faith. We are looking for enthusiastic Volunteers to assist us in organizing, staffing, and promoting this resource Library. Training is provided. Approximately 800 books and 25 DVDs have been cataloged into the library collection from existing resources available at SSJ Catholic Church and donations from deacons in our Diocese.  Joanne Yantosca, ssjlibrary@ssjwoodlands.com

Adult Scripture Study - Adult Scripture Study is currently provided from the Fall through the Spring of each year on Sunday mornings, Monday nights, Tuesday morning and afternoon. Bill Grattendick, desotowag@sbcglobal.net

Spanish Scripture Study – Participate in a semester-based scripture study program delivered in the Spanish language.  Gaby Cadena, gabycadena30@gmail.com

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Baptism (ages 6 or under) Preparation Team - Welcome our children and their families into the Church through this precious Sacrament of Initiation. Katie Kozak, kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com

1st Eucharist & 1st Reconciliation for children - First Reconciliation and First Eucharist gives us a chance to help students continue their journey of faith as they receive their next Sacrament of Initiation. Join our team and experience an amazing opportunity to assist and celebrate with our students as they prepare to receive these two great Sacraments.     Katie Kozak kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com. 

Teen Confirmation Team - Join our team to help plan, develop, and deliver Teen Confirmation. Nicole Ducharme, ducharmen@ssjwoodlands.com

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (and Children age 7 and above)-  Is a process for those who are unbaptized, or baptized in another Christian faith inquiring into the Catholic faith for themselves or their families. They are accompanied in this faith journey by Sponsors or Godparents who act as a guide and spiritual companion. Sponsor and Godparents must be fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), age 18, and if married, a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. Time commitment: Sundays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm for about 9 months. Katie Kozak kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com

Adult Confirmation Team - Join our team to help plan, develop, and deliver Adult Confirmation. Katie Kozak, kozakk@ssjwoodlands.com