Welcome to Religious Education Program at St. John Paul II Parish! We meet Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30PM! We offer classes for K-8th grade! The mission of our Program flows from the mission of the parish: empowering our families to become the hands and feet of Christ in our community, by leading our students and through them inviting their parents to understand the exhortation of Christ from the Gospel of Matthew: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:31-46).
For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be starting a two year Confirmation program. Our 7th and 8th grades will be combined to offer a more extensive program. The 8th graders will still be confirmed in the spring of 2020.
For Registered Parishioners of St. John Paul II Parish:
Our program will still be based on the Stewardship model. We want families to be involved in the life of the Parish and give back by using their gifts and talents to serve. This means, families will sign up for at least 3 ministries for them to get involved with over the course of the year. Ministries are listed on the registration form.
For Non-Registered Parishioners:
It is protocol within the Church that the children should be enrolled in the faith formation program at the parish where they are registered. If you do not have a home parish, we ask that you consider SJP2 your home. Call the office to register. If, for whatever reason, you cannot attend the FF program at your home parish, please have your pastor send Fr. Lam a letter indicating his blessing upon your decision.
The fee for Non-registered parishioners will be $125 per child. Any registrations will only be accepted by approval of the Director of Faith Formation.
It is our obligation to translate the love of God in serving our neighbor through acts of charity and kindness. The Corporal Works of Mercy, has foundation in Christ’s exhortation of Matthew 25:31-46, and is the starting point of our program at St. John Paul II Parish. When we care for those in need, we care for Christ himself.
Corporal Works of Mercy
✠ Feeding the hungry and give drink to the thirsty
• Volunteering to help with community meals (Parish Potluck)
• Take them a Meal Ministry
• Thanksgiving Food Drive
• Rice Bowl during Lent
• SOUPer Bowl of Caring
✠ Sheltering the homeless
• 2014 Giving Tree Project for foster care children
• Blanket drive
✠ Clothing the naked
• Warm Clothing Drive
• Hats and Mittens for Cedar Springs community
• Collect and distribute personal care items to shelters and pregnancy crisis centers
• Collect baby items for pregnancy crisis centers
✠ Visiting the sick
• Making cards for homebound parishioners and residents of Metron Nursing Home
• Going to Metron to visit with the residents there.
✠ Visiting/caring for the imprisoned
• Collecting socks at Christmas for prisoners at Kent County Jail
✠ Burying/caring for the dead
• Families helping to share food at funeral luncheons
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