THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
In addition to being very young itself, Ss. Gregory and Augustine is particularly blessed with a great many young families whose children provide us with a joy and vibrancy that is one of our greatest treasures. Educating them in the faith and the practice of piety is the second highest priority of our community. To this end we have reestablished the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) to assist the Rector in the Catholic education and formation of the whole parish, and particularly the children of Ss. Gregory and Augustine. The Confraternity itself was an association established in Rome in 1562 by Pope St. Pius V and Pope St. Pius X was one of its most enthusiastic supporters. In 1905 he mandated the establishment of the CCD in every Catholic parish in the world.
Although CCD Sunday schools were originally set up for children attending public schools, in our time the decline of solid teaching and formation even in Catholic schools means that religious education must seek to combat the religious ignorance and sometimes religious illiteracy all too common today. Parents are morally required to make certain that their children are provided with a systematic Catholic religious instruction. To this end the CCD at the Oratory has developed its Sunday school program.
There are many opportunities for people to become involved in the Children’s program. In addition to the volunteer teachers, we are always looking for substitutes and parents willing to help with the kindergarten and pre-k children. High School age students also have the opportunity to assist as teacher’s aides. All of this is organized and supervised by Mrs. Marilyn Lonigro.
Classes meet at 10:00 AM in the lower level classrooms of the Priory School before Mass on Sundays.
Registration Sunday is the first Sunday in May and classes begin in early October for children who have begun the first grade and is
required for those who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Ss. Gregory and Augustine.
We are very fortunate to have an active adult Theological Forum that meets on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM in the Priory School Library. Dr. Randy Colton and Dr. Daniel Van Slyke from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary prepare talks and lead discussions on various topics of interest. This will resume in January 2013.
“I beseech the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word and Mother of the Church, to support with her powerful intercession the catechetical work of the entire Church at every level, at this time, when she is called to a new effort of evangelization. May the light of the true Faith free humanity from the ignorance and slavery of sin in order to lead it to the only freedom worthy of the name, that of life in Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit here below and in the Kingdom of Heaven, in the fullness of the blessed vision of God, face to face.”
— His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Apostolic Constitution Depositum Fidei 11 October, 1992.