Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Kindergarten- 6th Grade
Enrolled children meet on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons. Please see Faith Formation PreK-6th grade calendar under the Quick links / Forms section for more information. Preparation for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation are included in this Catechesis. Parent involvement is a major part of this journey. Registration is in process until mid October or until classes fill up. Registration forms are available at Quick links / Forms.
Contact: Stephanie Purvis at 805-544-2357, ext. 201.
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
The Catechesis of The Good Shepherd is a spiral of Sacred Scripture, reflection, and works of the children that encompasses the ages of 3 through 12. (Level I, ages 3-6, Level II, ages 6-9, Level III, ages 9-12).
The primary focus is to journey with the child and to provide the child with access to the liturgical symbols, objects, biblical metaphors and images through which the child encounters and finds expression for the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
The child’s experience of the sacred in the Catechesis manifest itself in the child’s profoundly respectful interaction with the biblical and liturgical materials, as well as through drawings, prayers, deep contemplation, and often awesome insights expressed to the catechists, parents or others. The Catechesis is not just another way for adults to teach religion to children. Rather its vision represents an understanding and respect for the child as a spiritual being who is already in relationship with God.
First Eucharist & First Reconciliation
First Eucharist and First Reconciliation are included in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This is a two year journey which includes a sharing in Sunday sessions, six nights of reflection and two retreats. Parent involvement is a major part of this journey.
First year follows the PreK-6 Calendar. Second Year follows the PreK-6 Calendar in addition to the Sacramental Prep Calendar. Registration is in process until mid October. Registration forms are available at Quick links / Forms.
7th & 8th Grade Youth Ministries / Edge
We invite 7th and 8th graders to join the "Edge" program which meets most Wednesday nights at Nativity from 7:00-8:15 pm. Edge allows 7th and 8th graders a great opportunity for interacting with peers while learning essentials of the Catholic faith. Please contact Karen O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call the parish office for the latest schedule and how to register 805-544-2357. Registration is in process until mid October or until classes fill up. Registration forms are available at Quick links / Forms.
High School Youth Ministry
All high school students are welcome; including those currently enrolled in our confirmation program as well as those who have gone through the program. These gatherings offer high school students an opportunity to socialize together while tying their experiences back to their Catholic faith. Please contact Katie Rose Cirillo at email@example.com for the current schedule. Registration is in process until mid October. Registration forms are available at Quick links / Forms.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Each fall, Nativity invites high school students to participate in the two-year Confirmation program which helps prepare them for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Katie Rose Cirillo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration is in process until mid October or until classes fill up. Registration forms are available at Quick links / Forms.
Weekday groups for those who want to meet regularly to study & discuss scripture together after the 9:00 am Mass. Men's Bible Study, Tuesdays at 9:30 am, Women's Bible Study, Thursdays at 9:30 am.
First Friday Spirituality
First Friday Mass and Spirituality is offered on the First Friday of each month (October through May). Gather for Mass at 9:00 am followed by brunch and a presentation by an inspirational speaker in the parish hall. Contact the parish office at 805-544-2357 to get involved.