Generations of Faith - Come Follow Me: Living the Sunday Gospel
Looking for faith enrichment/formation in a format that doesn’t require you to leave the house? This year our St. Matthew GOF program has gone virtual, and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Our format this year focuses on the Sunday Gospels as a way to get to know the Word of God better and integrate it into our family and individual lives. Each session will focus on the scriptures used in Sunday mass, and will take a second look and listen to the homily for the weekend. We take time to share reflections and then work on an actionable project so we are living the Word as we walk with one another. GOF is open to individuals, couples and families of all ages and assortments—anyone who wants to deepen their walk with Christ and grow their household of faith.
Questions? Call Mike or Meg at the parish center or reach out via email. We’d love to have you join us. [email protected]
Watch an Intro to Generations Video!
Generations of Faith Calendar
Click on the dates below for info on each session (including the materials and link to watch the session!)
- September 16 – GOF 6:30 – 7:15 pm via Zoom
- September 23 Middle School Theology Tailgate (details to come)
- September 30 – GOF 6:30 – 7:15 pm Zoom (brief extended Zoom for Grades 4,5)
- October 7 High School in person gathering (details to come)
- October 14 – GOF 6:30 – 7:15 pm Zoom (brief extended Zoom for Grades 1-3)
- October 21 Middle School Theology Tailgate
- October 28 – GOF 6:30 – 7:15 pm Zoom
- November 4 - GOF 6:30 - 7:15 pm Zoom (brief extended Zoom for Grades 4-5)
- November 18 - GOF 6:30 - 7:15 pm Zoom
- December 2 - GOF 6:30 - 7:15 pm Advent Night!
Still need to Register? No Problem!
There are two ways to register your family:
- Print out the Registration Form and mail it to the parish office.
- Register Online!
Each family will receive a folder filled with materials for the upcoming year before the first session. If you register after the first session we can drop off a folder for your family right at your door! :)
Completed forms can be returned to the St. Matt's parish office along with payment (semester or year). Checks can be made payable to St. Matthew Religious Education. Questions? Contact Ann Dabeck ([email protected]) or Mike Westenberg ([email protected]) at the St. Matthew parish office 435-6811.
How will GOF 2020/2021 look?
Our family GOF sessions will be offered “live” on Zoom, but we will record it as well, so if it is a bad night for you to join in, you’ll still be able to be part of things. The live sessions should be a little more fun as you’ll be able to interact with some of the other folks, but you will still be able to do the family piece even if you use the recording. I’ll post it to YouTube and we’ll have the link on the website.
GOF nights will be lectionary and theme based. We’ll focus in on one of the scripture readings from the weekend (usually the Gospel), then do some discussion and activities that will help us integrate the message of the weekend into our daily lives. Our goals include deepening our use and understanding of the Bible, applying our faith to daily life as individuals and family, connecting and supporting each other as family and church, and having a bit of fun while doing it.
In addition to the live family session, there will be activities and projects you’ll get to choose from to round out the program. All students will be receiving weekly lectionary materials they can work through. We’ll talk a bit about those with our youngers in their brief extended zooms. The lectionary materials will provide a way we can connect with the Gospels on a weekly basis – not as homework that needs to be monitored or required – just as a way to encourage the idea of regularly incorporating scripture into our lives, even at a young age. We’ll cover the teen materials with the MS and HS students when we gather for our sessions.
We are excited about being able to connect virtually. We miss you and your families. I think the program we are building will help keep us connected with our Church community.
What is Generations of Faith?
Religious Education for Public School Families
One of the most important things we do as parents is to help our children develop a relationship with their God. At St. Matthew we support families in that endeavor through our Generations of Faith program. Generations is open to everyone in the parish community but is especially important to our families using public education. It’s a time and place for us to support each other and together learn about our God and our Church. Special age level breakouts allow us to explore our faith in a manner that fits where we are at life, whether it be elementary, middle school, high school or adult.
As we look ahead to the start of a new school year we invite families new and old to sign up for this year’s program.
Cancellation Policy: If Green Bay Public schools cancel evening activities and/or school for the day then Generations will also be cancelled. A 2-hour delay in the morning will not cancel Generations.