"The parish is the presence of the Church in a given
territory, an environment for hearing God's word, for growth in the
Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains
its members to be evangelizers" (Evangelii Gaudium, 28).Historically
parishes have created faith formation programs to ensure that children
and youth are educated in the Catholic faith so they can become
productive Catholic citizens who share in the mission of evangelization.
Typically two programs are present in the archdiocese for the
catechizing of children and young people: religious education programs
in parishes for students not attending Catholic schools and formal
school curricula at the elementary school and high school levels for students
attending Catholic schools. These two programs educate children ages 3 to 18. Growth in faith also means initiation into the
sacramental life of the church through sacramental preparation programs.The
following sections explain the policies for faith education for
children and youth, whether that education takes place in the home,
parish, or school setting.