It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. Hugo of the Hills Faith Formation Program for your children in Grades K-8. Sunday, September 18, 2016, will mark 45th Catechetical Sunday, designated by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a day to acknowledge the importance of the church’s teaching ministry and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists. This year’s theme is: “Prayer: The Faith Prayed”. This year’s theme invites all the baptized - especially catechists and Catholic school teachers - to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer, for their own spiritual good and for the good of those they serve. Each month, during this year of Religious Education, the catechists will highlight the role prayer played in the life of one saint. Catechetical Sunday is also when we commission our catechists. We hope you will join us at the 10:00am Mass for this special commissioning. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church. This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity, which is why catechists are formally commissioned by the Church. It is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire St. Hugo community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others. This year, St. Hugo of the Hills Parish Religious Education Program begins at 5:00pm, Monday, on September 26, 2016, with an opening Mass in Church, followed with meeting your child’s catechist in the school building and picking up your child’s textbooks and new book bags.
For your convenience, registrations will be taken in the Parish Gathering area for families on Catechetical Sunday, September 18th, following the 10:00am and 12:00 Noon Masses. There will be no new registrations taken on the first night of classes, so please register your children prior to the first class on Monday, September 26, 2016. A family in need of financial assistance for Religious Education tuition may request the paperwork from the Parish Office. Parents, you are truly the primary catechists of your children. You prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. Please read the St. Hugo of the Hills Parish Family Faith Formation Handbook. The purpose of this handbook is to articulate the vision and mission of faith formation in our parish, and to provide parents with important information: calendar and catechist roster, curriculum, Sunday Liturgy of the Word Program for Children, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, and the Sacrament preparation and Parish policies. Important policies and procedures specific to the Monday evening Religious Education Program are also provided. Please contact me directly regarding your questions regarding sacrament preparation and program policies at 248-283-2191.
I am happy to serve you as your Parish Catechetical Leader. I look forward to meeting you at the Parent Meeting for All Grades on Thursday, October 6th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, in the Church.
Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs. Barbara Yugovich, M.A., Master Catechist/ Parish Catechetical Leader