More's Faith Community
education in faith is recognised as an essential as the community grows
to a greater maturity, and as theology develops. Breaking open
the Word through the weekly homily is valued as well as reflection on
the Word as presented in the weekly parish bulletin.
Through the Pastoral Council, visiting speakers are invited each year.
This is opened to the wider diocese. Parishioners also
participate in opportunities for on-going faith development that is
offered on a diocesan level. As well as this, every ministry
group has formation as part of their group meetings.
parishioners help with the preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation
- Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. Adults are initiated
through the RCIA programme.
On-going Adult Faith Education is offered on a weekly basis to support parishioners in theliving of their baptismal call to discipleship.
Each week the newsletter offers a reflection on the Scripture readings
and also a page on a currrent issue. Parishioners are asked to
spend time in personal reflection each week.
SPRED - Special Religious Education
for people with an intellectual disability and is a Diocesan ministry
to which St Thomas More's contributes. The aim is to provide
education in faith and integration into the liturgical life of the
parish. There is a parish based catechetical programme for
children, adolescents and adults. Training and support from the
SPRED staff is offered to helpers and sponsors who provide a one-to-one
relationship for each person with a disability.
Guidelines for Faith Education Minister