Faith is a gift destined to grow in the hearts of the believers (1). Adhering to Jesus Christ, in fact, sets in motion a process of conversion, which lasts for the whole of life (2). Faith formation at Our Lady of Good Counsel offers an apprenticeship to the Catholic Christian life from early childhood through the senior years of adulthood. All generations learn to live their faith in the home, the workplace, and in the community.
Here at OLGC, we believe faith formation is, at its foundation, about calling others into a personal relationship with Christ (3), about journeying with others more deeply into the mystery of the God who first loved us, about inviting others to participate in God’s plan of salvation for humanity and all of creation. This relationship is not an end in and of itself, but is the way in which we are transformed to be more like Christ, and the way we are challenged to continue the mission that Christ began on earth over 2,000 years ago – the mission for the healing and redemption of the world.
As a parish administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, OLGC is grounded in Salesian spirituality, which “has been described as a down-to-earth path to holiness” (4). Originating with two 17th-century saints, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, Salesian spirituality is a “unique spiritual tradition…intended for all believers, no matter their position in life. Especially appropriate for those living very busy lives, Salesian spirituality challenges a person to be who they are and to be that well… It is a spirituality for those who share their lives with family, friends and working associates, those who choose to embrace the depths of the human heart, and those who choose to Live Jesus in this world” (5).
- Catechesi Tradendae 20.
- Redemptoris Missio 46b
- Catechesi Tradendae 5, quoted in the Cathechism of the Catholic Church 426.
- “Practical Paths to Holiness,” De Sales Spirituality Center, accessed June 26, 2011,http://www.oblates.org/spirituality.
- “Welcome,” De Sales Resources and Ministries, Inc., accessed June 26, 2011,http://www.desalesresource.org/.