NCYC Pictures November 2013
Who and What We Are:
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The Light of Christ is the faith formation program for the six parishes of the Christ Our Hope Cluster. What is Faith Formation? Faith formation is the new and more accurate term for what you might know as religious education or CCD. But we are much more than the program you grew up with. Faith Formation is built on the idea that we are all on a LIFE LONG faith formation journey. Faith formation, learning about God and growing closer to Him and Jesus did not end when you received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation was just one milestone on that journey.
The Light of Christ offers faith formation for everyone, including adults. So come and learn more about our main program, Generations of Faith, and we look forward to having you join us in the near future.
The Light Of Christ began in 2004 when innovative individuals from six local parishes came together, prior to being formally clustered in 2008 as Christ Our Hope, to create a strong religious education and faith formation program that built upon the existing strong school and community identity. These founding parishioners took on the challenge to not simply combine the existing religious education programs, that only served the needs of students, but strived to create a faith formation program, known as Generations of Faith, that meets the needs of parishioners of all ages.
The Light of Christ Faith Formation Program (LOC) serves the parishioners of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Little Turkey), Holy Trinity (Protivin), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Lawler), St. John Nepomucene (Ft. Atkinson), St. Luke (St. Lucas), and St. Mary (Waucoma). We offer a variety of faith formation programs including Generations of Faith, Sacramental Preparation, and Youth Liturgists in every parish to organize local youth masses. The LOC is guided by a Faith Formation Commission composed of two elected representatives from each parish, the Pastor and the Director of Faith Formation.
Like other programs, ours has matured and evolved. In December of 2009 we were blessed to begin utilizing the Fr. Moran center at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. This facility was specifically built to provide faith formation for the youth. This change allows all students to be taught in a traditional classroom setting by experienced teachers during the grade level break-out sessions.
All parishioners young and old are encouraged to regularly participate in our variety of faith formation programs and service opportunities.
NEW August 2013 LOC Newsletter!
2013/14 Schedule of all Programs
2013/14 GOF Schedule
First Reconciliation 2013
Eleven students from Christ Our Hope celebrated the sacrament of First Reconciliation on Sunday December 8 at St. Luke parish in St. Lucas, IA. Students received this sacrament as part of the whole cluster Advent reconciliation service. Cluster priests Fr. Nick March, pastor and Fr. Marvin Salz, sacramental priest were joined by Fr. Donald Hawes, and Fr. Phil Gibbs to administer the sacrament of reconciliation.
Pictured with Rev. Fr. Nick March and Fr. Marvin Salz, the following students received the sacrament of first reconciliation:
Front Row L-R: Mariah Throndson, Halle Weber, Fr. Nick March, Fr. Marvin Salz, Alayna Kuennen, Luke Langreck.
Back Row L-R: Ryann Schmitt, Tanner Tlusty, Oliver Schmitt, Tristan Pullman, Matthew Smith, Burke Busta, Autumn Schmitt.
Not Pictured: Leander Reicks.
Catholic Heart Workcamp 2013
Early Sunday, July 21, eleven cluster students and two chaperones headed to St. Louis for a week of service to the poor and a deepening of their Catholic faith with three hundred other Catholic youth and chaperones from around the country at Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC). CHWC is a national program with over 30 camps throughout the summer in locations across the nation. It is a unique experience for our parishioners. Participants spend the morning and early afternoon helping with a variety of service projects for the poor and elderly of St. Louis. Students participated in a variety of service activities such as yard work, painting homes, painting inside of homes, building wheelchair ramps, working at local homeless shelters, or at Camp Independence (a camp for those with physical disabilities). These activities allow our students to see and experience the extreme poverty in our country, as they work with the disabled, and the poor. These experiences help participants better appreciate the material possesions they have, and their own good health. The theme for the week was “Be Seen being Christ”, and evening programs called students to a deeper relationship with Christ. The programs are a mix of Catholic message, how to live as Christ, high energy enjoyable programs, and worship music with a current Catholic artist. The students enjoyed their time at CHWC, grew through the work they achieved, and many plan to go next year and bring friends. We will build off this excitement and offer more local service opportunities for our students this year and for all parishioners. We would like to thank all of those individuals and organizations who supported us through your donations and prayers that allowed us to make this experience possible. Through your generosity we were able to raise the needed $9,000 to allow students and chaperones to attend CHWC and the National Catholic Youth Conference in November 2013.
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