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CHILDREN'S & FAMILY
FAITH FORMATION

Age-appropriate learning and worship is available to all children at St. Thomas More.  

We want to help provide a strong foundation for growth in the Catholic faith for

our children, and support parents as they strive to be fully attentive and present

to their own worship at Mass.   

I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY.

JOHN 10:10

When you baptize your child in the Catholic Church, you promise to teach and foster the faith of this child. The St. Thomas More Catholic community is here to support you and provide opportunities that will strengthen your child’s understanding of God’s love for him or her. Programs are available for all grade levels throughout the year.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
 
For children who do not attend our parish school, we provide a family formation program.  Parent and children come together once a month at STM for instruction, and study in their own homes the rest

of the month. 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
 
The Catholic Liturgy, or the Mass, has two main parts: the Liturgy ofthe Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Liturgy of the Word focuses on the messages present to us in Sacred Scripture.  Each Sunday, three readings are read and become the focus for the 
adult-focused Homily. 

CLOW is open to children grades K-4 and is offered during the 10:00 AM Mass. All K through 4th grade children are called to gather at the altar before the Liturgy of the

Word and depart to hear the 
Word proclaimed from the 
Children’s lectionary.

This special presentation is led by a minister of the Word who can proclaim and explain the Word of God at a child’s level of understanding. The children return to their parents in the church after the Homily, and prior to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

 

 
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BE A PART OF CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION
 
To learn more about our Religious Education Program, CLOW, or how to volunteer with any of our Children's Formation programs, contact Margaret Schuster, the Director of Religious Education.  She can be reached at mschuster@stmpdx.org or
by phone at 503-222-6105.  
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