Faith Formation, Education, and Preparation for Sacraments
On-going Faith Formation is key for all parishioners. Faith Formation fosters the life-long growth of all in their Catholic faith.
“Faith formation is a life-long process of growth in prayer, relationship with the Lord, and knowledge of His teachings as articulated by the Church Jesus founded. In order to be good stewards in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others, we must know our Catholic faith and be ready to joyfully share it with others. Faith formation is not primarily for our own personal spiritual enrichment but to equip us to share our faith effectively so that it can transform our culture.” ~Diocese of Honolulu Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
The areas of ministry for Faith Formation are: Elementary Religious Education (Grades K-6), First Communion, Youth Ministry (Grades 7-12), Young Adults, Adult Faith Formation, Bible Sharing, Marriage Encounter/Engagement Encounter, and Rite of Christian Initiation Adults (RCIA).
For more information call: ph: 808-553-5220
St. Damien of Molokai Parish
2023 Faith Formation Class Schedule
Classes are Wednesdays at 3:30 pm at St. Damien
Church with Deacon Jim Krupka.
January 18 Beliefs of the Creed: Catholic Essentials
January 25 Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and
February 1 Liturgy and Eucharist
February 8 Sacraments of Vocation: Marriage and
February 15 Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation
and Anointing of the Sick: Prep for
February 22 Ash Wednesday: Lent and Holy Week
March 1 Living the Commandments: Loving God
March 8 Living the Commandments: Loving
March 15 Catholic Moral Living
March 22 Virtuous Living: Theological and Cardinal
March 29 Open for Questions
April 5 Holy Week
Elementary Religious Education (Grades K-6)
To guide elementary-age children to know, love, and serve our Lord through meaningful and spirit-filled instruction in their Catholic faith. During this time children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion
Prepares our children with knowledge and spirituality to receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
Youth Ministry Group (Grades 7-12)
Youth participants are helped in developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ-as well as to live out their faith in ways that draw others to Christ and to the Church, through catechesis, sacramental preparation, liturgy, and service.
To strengthen the individual and help them be firm in their faith in order to relieve the fullness of the Holy Spirit. To give them knowledge of their faith in order to defend and extend the good news of the Kingdom of God, while enriching the life given in Baptism. Catechists must be Baptized and Confirmed. Parents, and sponsors are welcomed to participate.
Youth and Young Adult Ministry: “Youth and the young adults are not only future stewards of the Gospel, but they have gifts and talents that enable them to share the good news of Jesus even now. Youth ministry is not simply for their own personal development and growth as Christians but to equip them to offer all of their time, talents, and treasures as stewards of the Gospel.” ~ Diocese of Honolulu DiocesanPastoral Plan
Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children. (from United States Conference on Catholic Bishops)
We are accepting applications thru July 2020. Classes (may be virtual) will begin Thursday, August 6 at 5:30pm and every Thursday thereafter through the end of the school year. Any questions, please call or text Jersula at 646-1120. You can download the registration form here. Our Youth Ministry has their own Facebook page designed specifically for this ministry.
Adult Faith Formation
The Adult Faith Formation ministry plans and executes events and workshops throughout the year. These events and workshops help inspire and encourage adults in their individual faith journey.
Gathering of adults to share how the scriptures are working in their own life. Bible sharing meets for one to two hours a week. Participates must be willing to share their beliefs.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a program that welcomes and prepares adult newcomers into entering the Roman Catholic Church-such as anyone who is not Baptized, those who are Baptized, but have not received other sacraments and those who are Baptized in another Christian Church, but desire to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Marriage and Engaged Encounter
Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth private and personal marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values.
Marriage Encounter is a weekend program designed to help married couples discover or re-discover the need for God in their lives. The purpose is to improve their marriage, grow closer together, and improve their commitment to each other.
“Strengthening of Marriage and Family Life: the Body of Christ, the Church, is the Bride of Christ, united intimately to him in many ways, with the ultimate expression of intimacy in the Eucharist, in which the two become one so that the Body of Christ can be fruitful. Marriage and family life are the best means for supporting this vision of Christ’s union with the Church.” ~Diocese of Honolulu Diocesan Pastoral Plan