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Torbay, NL
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Home Based Catechesis and Full Initiation:
Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucherist

For parents wishing to make the commitment to raise their children in the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Faith  in the parish  community of Holy Trinity we offer the Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and ,

The Born of the Spirit Series Home Based Catechesis
Program.

Born of the Spirit Series

The primary educators of our children in the faith of our Church are parents. The Archdiocese of St. Johnís  has adopted the Family Based version of the Born of The Spirit Catechetical series. The Born of The Spirit series is a resource  to assist parents as they share their faith with their children. While there is no fixed age for starting to use this resource, we believe Year 1 is best started when the child is  6 years of age.

***  Children are required to complete Years I and 2 prior to the conferring of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

*** Registration for the Program is held in September of each year.  Notices of the dates are printed in the Parish Bulletin beginning in August.


The resource develops as follows:

Year 1 - We Belong to God. The aim is to deepen the child's experience of belonging to God by growing in friendship with the Lord Jesus who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, shows us the creative, forgiving, caring love of God. The content is the story of God told through the Good News of Jesus the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. The central symbol is the Circle of Friends.

Year 2 - We Belong to the Lord Jesus - The aim is to deepen the child's experience of belonging to God by growing in friendship with the Lord Jesus who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, shows us the creative, forgiving, caring love of God, especially when we gather with the Christian community to celebrate the Eucharist. The content is the mystery of Jesus who invites us to deepen our friendship with Him and who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, draws us into the very life of God by giving Himself to us in the Eucharist.  It is during the completion of this year that children receive full initiation into the Church with the conferring of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The central symbol is the Cup and Plate.

Year 3 - In the Spirit we Belong - The aim is to deepen the child's experience of belonging to God through the community of the followers of Jesus gathered in the Spirit. The content is about the Holy Spirit active in the Church and in creation to fulfill God's dream to gather all people.  At present the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) is conferred at the end of this year but Vatican directives have indicated that the sacrament be conferred before Confirmation and Eucharist. The central symbol is the Tent of Meeting.

Year 4 - Come and See - The aim is to meet the Lord Jesus through the living experience of the Gospel witnesses and explore what it means for us to be a disciple and friend of Jesus today. The content is about Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the Church through the scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit. The central symbol is the Tree Stump.

Year 5 - May We Be One -
The aim is to explore what the Church does as it gives witness to Jesus in the Spirit. The content is the Church as sacrament. It presents the Church as the community of God's people where the Lord Jesus is visible, active and present in the power of the Holy Spirit. The central symbol is the Rock.


Year 6 - You Shall Be My Witness - The aim is to explore how young Christians, rooted in the Christian tradition, are witnesses of God's justice and love. The content is the moral life of young Christians. The central symbol is the Lantern.