CATHECHISM

​The Catechism Programme for children aged 5 and upwards runs from September to June each year.
Families with children already in the Programme receive their registration form in May/June for the year starting in September.  

If you'd like to register your child email us at englishmission@hotmail.com.

Forms should be completed and returned asap as they are the basis for our planning, purchase of books, use of classroom space, etc.  
One registration form per family is required. An information document can be found here.

SCHEDULE 2019-2020

September 8
September 22
October 6*
November 3
November 24
December 1
December 8*

January 12
February 2*
March 1
March 29*
April 5
May 3*
May 17
June 7
June 14*

 

DATES TO NOTE

  • Commencement Ceremony Mass: 24 November 2019 (introducing our 2020 FHC candidates)

  • Mini Retreat for Confirmation Class: 22 February 2020

  • First Confession: 9 May 2020

  • Rehearsal for Confirmation Mass: 6 June 2020

  • Confirmation Mass: 7 June 2020

  • Rehearsal for First Holy Communion Mass: 20 June 2020

  • First Holy Communion Mass: 21 June 2020

Children’s Penitential Services: will be arranged on a class by class basis throughout the year

Our Religious Education programme has been developed to cater for the needs of our community members whose children attend schools where religious education is not offered as a subject.  
We hope that what we offer will provide an opportunity for your child’s faith to be grown in an English-speaking environment.

 

Parental Responsibility
​The Church teaches us that ‘the parents are the first teachers in the faith’ and that ‘responsibility for educating your child in the faith lies with you’. What we offer is a structure that we hope will support you doing that within your family.

We appreciate that living in an environment where Catholic schooling in English is not easily available can make living the faith more of a challenge.  At Our Lady of Faith we are constrained by having to work within school terms and, combined with other holiday factors, this means that we have only 16 Sundays in a school year in which to teach a complete course.  Therefore, if your child is to benefit from what is offered we ask you to make a conscious effort to bring them to class (on time) and to reinforce the teaching at home, making sure your child does any homework (or reviewing the lesson with them afterwards) and makes up for any missed lessons.  Our volunteer teachers and assistants can only deliver the course successfully with parental help and support.


We are pleased to offer 9 different Catechism classes, 4 of which prepare children for the sacraments of Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  When we have sufficient volunteer teachers we add extra sacrament preparation classes, dividing the children into age-appropriate groups.  Otherwise we are only able to offer one group per year, regardless of the age-range of the children.  Teaching a wide-ranging age group is far from ideal so we always welcome volunteer teachers.

Group Name    Age range

Infants    Ages 5-6


Pre-First Holy Communion    

Ages 6-7+ Year 1 of preparation for First Holy Communion & Confession

Infants    Ages 5-6


Pre-First Holy Communion    

Ages 6-7+ Year 1 of preparation for First Holy Communion & Confession


First Holy Communion    

Ages 7-8+ Year 2 of preparation for First Holy Communion & Confession
Post FHC 1    Ages 8-9
Post FHC 2    Ages 9-10
Post FHC 3    Ages 10-11
Post FHC 4    Ages 11-12


Pre-Confirmation  

Ages 12-13+ Year 1 of preparation for Confirmation

Confirmation    

Ages 13-14* Year 2 of preparation for Confirmation
 

Ages 7-8+ Year 2 of preparation for First Holy Communion & Confession
Post FHC 1    Ages 8-9
Post FHC 2    Ages 9-10
Post FHC 3    Ages 10-11
Post FHC 4    Ages 11-12


Pre-Confirmation  

Ages 12-13+ Year 1 of preparation for Confirmation

Confirmation    

Ages 13-14* Year 2 of preparation for Confirmation
 

Our Lady of Faith Roman Catholic Church, Av de Béthusy 54 ,1012 Lausanne   englishmission@hotmail.com