FAITH FORMATION AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
We are now in the process of preparing for our upcoming year.
Registration for the 2016-2017 Faith Formation year will take place over the summer months. Our sessions begins the week of September 5th and continue until May.
Registration forms and Orientation Letter for 2016-2017 can be downloaded here. You must read the letter as well as complete the form. Completed forms may be mailed, faxed or dropped in the parish office drop box.
“PREP”- Parish Religious Education Program
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Our Parish Religious Education program assists our parish families in the passing on of the Faith. Parish volunteers assist as teachers, assistant teachers, hall monitors, sacramental assistants, office assistants, Vacation Bible School aides,chaperones and many other functions. If interested please contact the religious Education office.
We are gearing up to begin another great year of FAITH FORMATION!
...just need to put the finishing touches on our classes lists.
Our 2016-2017 PREP year will begin on Tuesday, September 6th for our Sunday classes and Wednesday, September 7th for our Wednesday classes.
Our first class will begin in the church at the following times:
A) Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - for our Sunday classes will begin at 5:00 pm for both Parent and child/children
B) Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - sessions will begin at your regularly scheduled time (5:00 or 6:30 pm) for both Parent and child/children.
"PREP" - Programa Religioso Educación Parroquial
Estamos preparando para comenzar otro gran año de FORMACIÓN EN LA FE!
...sólo tenemos que poner los últimos detalles en nuestras listas de clases.
El año 2016-2017 de PREP comenzará el Martes, 6 de septiembre para nuestras clases de domingo y Miércoles, 7 de septiembre para nuestras clases de miércoles.
Nuestra primera clase comenzará en la Iglesia en los siguientes horarios:
A) Martes, 6 de septiembre , 2016 - para las clases del domingo comenzará a las 5:00 pm para padres y niños
B) Miércoles, 7 de septiembre, 2016 - sesiones comenzarán en su horario habitual (5:00 o 6:30 pm) para padres y niños.
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH WISHING TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
The Confirmation Sacramental preparation orientation meetings/registration dates are in the process of being set. This includes ANY YOUTH in the parish who are seventh grade or higher attending parochial, private, or public schools. These meetings are for both the youth and one parent. These dates will be the ONLY opportunity for current parish families to register for our Confirmation Sacramental Program so kindly mark your calendar. Sorry, after the meeting, only new parishioners will be accepted into the current Confirmation Program.
Adult Education Opportunities for 2016
These sessions will take place at Saint Andrew Hall on Saturday mornings from at 9:30 till 11:30 am.
Please register by calling the parish office at 815-3100, registration is helpful but not required. Hope you can join us.
Topic Holy Spirit/Pneumatology Lectio Divina Responsible Citizenship and
the GospelPresenter Sr. Pamela Smith, SSCM Deacon Denny Burkett Dr. Michael MartocchioDate September 17, 2016 October 22, 2016 November 5, 2016
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has been established by the Church as a process whereby those seeking to enter into the life of the Church, or those seeking to complete their initiation into Catholic life, may enter into a period of instruction, discernment, and companionship with others on a similar journey. Members of the parish who are willing to serve as mentors and sponsors join those discerning deeper involvement in Catholic life. Participants can enter into this year-round process at any point. Typically eight to nine months of participation is required for the completion of the catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) or candidacy for First Eucharist and/or Confirmation, but preparation may be extended to three years, depending on the individual s situation.
The program is Scripture-based, using the lectionary of readings for the Church s Sunday liturgies, and doctrinal, focusing on an adult understanding of Catholic teachings. The mode of discernment, which emphasizes response to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in one s life, pervades the RCIA process. Weekly meetings, ordinarily on Tuesday evenings, prepare participants for the various stages, or rites, by which the Church marks acceptance, election, initiation, full communion, and mystagogia (reflection on the Christian mysteries) which celebrate a person s entry into the life of the Church.
RCIA for Children
This is the same process as above but adapted for children who are at the age of reason (usually 7 years old and older).
At present, each parish of the Diocese of Charleston is responsible for providing formation for its catechists. Those teaching in the parish religious education program are encouraged to participate in adult religious education opportunities, workshops and programs sponsored by CADRE (Coastal Association of Directors of Religious Education), and other training programs for Christian leaders and Catholic teachers of the faith. In January 2007, a Lowcountry deanery-led catechist formation program began with a cycle of topics planned. Every catechist and volunteer assistant is required to complete VIRTUS training, mandated by the Diocese of Charleston and many Catholic dioceses throughout the nation. This program focuses on awareness of the problem of child sexual abuse and abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.
Catholics Coming Home
Described as an open door for returning Catholics, this program is offered each year after Christmas and Easter, times when Catholics who have been away from the practice of the faith may be moved to take another look. Announcements at Masses, in special cards and flyers, and outreach from individual parishioners help prompt people to participate in this 6-week program of videos, presentations, and dialogue designed for those who were at one time active Catholics and now would like to consider coming back.
Saint Gregory the Great is proud to offer various Bible study opportunities during the academic year. They usually are eight weeks in duration and take place on Wednesdays, with both a morning and an evening session. All information pertaining to upcoming studies will be posted on the Parish website as well as published in our weekly Bulletin.
Lectio Divina: Reading the Scripture, Reflecting the Meaning, Responding Through Prayer, Resting in God, Responding in Action
October 22nd, 2016
Saint Andrew Hall
Presented by Deacon Denny Burkett
“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”
There is a renewed interest in praying with Sacred Scripture. It is an insightful way to hear and to experience the Word of God through an ancient prayer form.
Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in early monastic communities used to prepare for the reception of the Holy Eucharist. This ancient practice is resurfacing today and is a wonderful way for Catholics today to also prepare themselves for the Eucharist by meditating on God’s Holy Word.
Please call the Parish Office at (843) 815-3100 ext. 321 to register.
Please bring your Bible.
SATURDAY: Vigil 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm
SUNDAY: 7:15 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am,
12:45 pm (Spanish), and 5:00 pm
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Pre-K-1st Grade during 11 am Mass
Nursery: 1 year to 4 years during the
9:00 am, 11:00 am & 12:45 pm Masses
Monday-Friday 6:45 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Monday-Friday 8:30 am & 12:15 pm
Friday 7:00 pm (en Español)
Saturday 8:30 am (St Andrew Chapel)
Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church | 31 Saint Gregory Drive | Bluffton, South Carolina, 29909 | (843) 815-3100
Parish Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:15 am - 4:15 pm | Friday 9:15 am - 1:15 pm