September 12, 2022
Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
After much consultation, many stressful hours of prayer, and many sleepless nights, I am writing to you to inform you of our final change to our Faith Formation plan for the 2022-23 school year. This plan will only be valid for the 2022-23 school year. In January of 2023, we, as a parish family, need to address the issue of life-long faith formation for our parish community together. We must plan for our future, understanding the need continual formation and daily conversion of heart in our community.
An important fact to remember is that faith formation does NOT end with confirmation! If anything, that is the beginning. The idea that confirmation is equivalent in any way to graduation is a misconception that has perpetuated for too long. Our faith journey only ends with the end of our life here on earth. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to continue to grow and develop in our faith life. NO ONE is TOO OLD to grow and learn about their faith.
Classroom experience and education is important, but faith is truly learned by experience, and the family is the location where true faith is learned and experienced. A parent’s role in the faith education of their child is key, and important in the growth of your child. No classroom education can take the place of the family.
With all of this being said:
This is a drastic change from what was originally planned for this school year. As stated before, this plan is for this school year. We will need to re-evaluate beginning in January 2023 to plan for the permanent future.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call the parish office or email us at FaithFormation [at] ihmercer.org.
We look forward to working with all of you in the faith formation of our community as we grow closer to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pax et Bonum,
Fr. Andrew M. Boyd