Cherish the Children & Pass on the Faith: A New Model of Faith Formation for Children and Youth Rooted in Parental Participation At Christ the King Parish

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Hoedel, Joan
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
A pastoral project presented on the challenges facing Christ the King Parish, and the American Catholic Church, as we strive to pass on the faith. We are at a moment in time which requires action, if we hope to successfully pass on the faith to the young church. If we fail to act, the American Church will look very different in ten years than it does today. This issue is complex and I make no attempt to resolve it. My goal is to educate the pastoral team, the pastoral council, the Youth Ministry Advisory Committee and parents about the issues we face. My goal is to engage parishioners to work with me to more effectively pass on the faith in our parish. Theological reflection and literature review are the two primary tools used within this project. Since the days Jesus walked the Earth parents have been bringing their children to him, for his healing touch. Jesus no longer physically walks among us, but still we bring our children to him. In a world that would rob our children of life, it is our responsibility to bring them to Christ, to Life. Let us begin.