Christian Formation (CCD)

This is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 17:3

Christian Formation is a lifelong process that begins with Christian parents passing on the Catholic Faith to their children. The Church teaches that while parents are the primary moral and spiritual educators of their children, our responsibility as a parish is to support and assist parents in this most important role – evangelists of their families.

The Church reminds us that the role of forming a child in the Faith is of such importance that it must be undertaken with the utmost care and diligence. The School of Christian Formation at St. Mary’s seeks to offer your child a solid formation in the Catholic Faith so that he or she will have both the knowledge and the skills necessary to become a faithful and fruitful disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please note that sacramental preparation for both First Holy Communion and Confirmation are both two-year programs.

2020–2021 Registration

Because of COVID, this year we will begin the fall semester with at-home instruction and hopefully transition to in-person classes later in the year. We will use the same texts as last year, from Sophia Press, which include on-line assignments and instructions. Because the COVID situation is uncertain, we will remain flexible as to how, when, and if we return to classroom instruction.

We will begin with monthly pick-up and drop-off of work.

Families will be put into groups of 3 families to support each other; you will be assigned to a group based on your children’s ages. You will receive weekly emails with reminders about work for the week as well as Sunday Mass preparation and other information. Some of this work will include interacting with your family group – virtually or in person, as the group chooses.

Please complete the registration form and submit it to the parish office, put it in a clearly marked envelope and place it in the Sunday basket, or mail it to St. Mary Help of Christians, PO Box 438, Aiken, SC 29802. After your form has been received, Mary Ellen Jackson will contact you about meeting.

St. Mary Help of Christians Church
Attn: Mary Ellen Jackson (4K-5) or Joan LaBone (6-12)
P.O. Box 438
Aiken, SC 29802