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1 BEFORE YOU BEGIN Thank you for taking the time to complete the Catholic High School Adolescent Faith Formation survey. This is an integral part of the Transforming Adolescent Catechesis process your school is undertaking. It is developed around the eight "Outcomes for Adolescent Faith Formation" from The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis (NIAC). The goal of these surveys is to take a snapshot of the landscape of faith formation of the students in your school. To do this, the survey is designed to determine to two things. First to determine what practices your school is currently engaged in to foster the outcomes of adolescent catechesis. We are providing a variety of ways in which a school COULD engage in fostering these outcomes. Second, it seeks to determine the perceived effectiveness those practices in faith formation. Please carefully read each statement and select your response by clicking on the item which best represents your view. Thank you. 1. What is your primary role at the school? gfedc gfedc gfedc gfedc Administration Faculty Staff Campus Ministry 2. OUTCOME ONE: PRAYER Students study and practice prayer through the intentional teaching of prayer practices and spiritual disciplines from the Christian tradition. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of retreat and spiritual formation experiences. Families and parents receive resources to strengthen the practice of prayer at home. prays in all of its programs, meetings, activities. is engaged in a diversity of prayer practices, spiritual disciplines, and prayer experiences. Page 1

2 3. OUTCOME ONE: FAITH SHARING Students have multiple opportunities to participate in a peer community where they can share their faith and pray together. Students are equipped with the skills for theological reflection and faith sharing. Parents and families are equipped to engage in faith conversations as part of everyday family faith practices. engages in faith sharing at gatherings, leadership meetings, and program events. participates in faith sharing groups for study, conversation, and prayer. encourages and equips adults to share their faith with young people and encourage their spiritual growth. Page 2

3 4. OUTCOME ONE: SCRIPTURE READING Students are studying the Bible and learning how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible to daily life. Families and parents receive Scripture resources to use at home and are encouraged to read and discuss the Bible together as part of everyday faith practices. incorporates the proclamation of Scripture and reflection and application of the biblical message in all community gatherings and programs. reflects on the Sunday Lectionary readings and applies the message to daily life. is engaged in Bible study (groups, programs and activities). Page 3

4 5. OUTCOME TWO: SHARING THE GOOD NEWS Students learn what it means to live the mission of Jesus and the Christian way of life in their daily lives. Students learn how to share the Good News with their peers, family, and community. Parents are equipped and encouraged to share their faith life with their young people. empowers students and adults to witness to the Good News and fosters opportunities for them to be witnesses in the community and world. Page 4

5 6. OUTCOME TWO: SERVICE Students are nurtured in a spirit of service and involved in variety of service projects and mission trips. Students are engaged in understanding the social issues being addressed in service projects, exploring the teachings of Scripture and the Catholic tradition, developing skills for serving, and reflecting upon their service involvements. Parents are encouraged to model generosity by sharing time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of people in need locally and globally. Families are encouraged to be involved in service projects in the local and global community. The entire school community is engaged in a variety of service and mission projects local and global. communicates the centrality of Christian service. Page 5

6 7. OUTCOME TWO: PEACE, JUSTICE, & HUMAN DIGNITY Students are learning about justice and peace themes and issues, and analyze social issues using Catholic Social Teaching. Students are equipped to take initiative in the transformation of the world working for justice and peace, locally and globally. Parents and families are encouraged and equipped to model integrity, honesty, and respect for the dignity others. Families are engaged in the work of justice and peace, locally and globally. communicates Catholic social teaching throughout community life and programs. The whole school community is engaged in the transformation of the world through actions of justice and peace, locally and globally. takes a public stand on social issues to ensure peace, justice, and human dignity for all people. Page 6

7 8. OUTCOME THREE: EUCHARIST & RECONCILIATION Students are learning about the sacramental life of the church. Students are prepared to consciously and actively participate in the celebration of the Mass. Students participate in variety of liturgical experiences during the year including seasonal liturgical celebrations, celebrations of Liturgy of the Word, and reconciliation services. Students are prepared for participation in a diversity of liturgical roles according to their gifts. Students and their families are encouraged to participate actively in Sunday Eucharist at their parish. celebrates spirit filled, uplifting Eucharistic liturgies. makes young people feel welcomed and included in the Eucharistic assembly. celebrates Eucharist with attention to the worship styles of young people, especially in its preaching and music. involves young people in a diversity of liturgical roles. celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation that engages and involves young people. Page 7

8 9. OUTCOME FOUR: ARTICULATING THE FUNDAMENTAL CATHOLIC TEACHINGS Students participate in courses and educational programs that teach the Catholic tradition, beliefs, and teachings as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students experience reallife application of Catholic teachings by learning how to apply their faith to daily life. Students practice articulating the Catholic faith. Parents and families are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to share and discuss the core beliefs and tradition of Catholic faith with their children and teens. engages faculty and staff in learning about the Catholic tradition, beliefs, and teachings. creates opportunities for intergenerational conversations about the Catholic faith which give young people an opportunity to practice articulating their faith. Page 8

9 10. OUTCOME FOUR: LEARNING & TEACHING Students experience educational programs that promote a shared dialogue between their life experiences and the teachings and tradition of the Catholic Church. Students participate in educational programs that engage their multiple intelligences and incorporate a diversity of learning styles. Students participate in educational programs that incorporate a variety of learning methods and activities. Students participate in educational programs that utilize online and social media to expand their learning opportunities and experiences. Page 9

10 11. OUTCOME FOUR: COMMITMENT TO LIFELONG LEARNING AND FAITH GROWTH Students are developing the commitment and skills for continuing their growth as Catholics. Students celebrate a high school graduation milestone/transition experience that prepares them and their parents for the young adult stage of their faith journey. Students are serving as faith mentors to their peers and other generations. Families participate in faith formation programs for the whole family. Parents are continuing their growth in faith through participation in face to face and online programs and activities. demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning and faith growth by engaging faculty and staff in faith formation activities and experiences. intentionally connects young people to continuing faith formation face toface and online after high school. encourages alumni participation in the religious and spiritual programs of the school (retreats, mission trips, etc.). Page 10

11 12. OUTCOME FIVE: CATHOLIC MORAL AND SOCIAL TEACHINGS Students are learning the foundations of Catholic moral values and teachings, and their relationship to modern life. Students are learning Catholic moral decisionmaking and how it relates to their lives and their world. Students are empowered to live a life that reflects Catholic moral values and virtues. Students are developing critical thinking skills that empower them to analyze contemporary life and culture in light of the Catholic moral values and teachings. Parents are encouraged and equipped with the knowledge and skills to form young people in Catholic moral values and teachings regarding right and wrong behavior and ethical living. clearly presents the Catholic moral teachings and their importance in living a faithful life through its community life and programs. demonstrates Catholic moral values and virtues in their interactions with each other and with the larger community. School leaders demonstrate Catholic moral values and virtues in their lifestyle, leadership approach, and decision making. Page 11

12 13. OUTCOME SIX: GIFTS & MISSION Students are discerning their gifts and talents and how to utilize them in service to the school, church, and world. Students are engaged in apprenticeships with training and adult mentors for ministry in the church. Students participate in leadership training to learn about Christian leadership, and develop skills and practices for effective leadership. Students are prepared and engaged in leadership roles in the school, church, and in the wider community. Families are empowered to discern their gifts and talents, and use them in service to the church and community. encourages young people to utilize their gifts and talents in all areas of school life and in the school s ministry to the world. Page 12

13 14. OUTCOME SEVEN: FORMING COMMUNITIES Students participate in programs that offer welcome, hospitality, and inclusion for the particular needs of youth from diverse cultural groups. is welcoming and inclusive of all ethnic and cultural groups, and provides specialized programs to address the particular needs of ethnic, linguistic, and/or cultural groups. Page 13

14 15. OUTCOME SEVEN: IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT Students are guided and encouraged to develop a positive self image and appreciation of the heritage and traditions of their ethnic culture. Students participate in the celebrations of their ethnic traditions. Students are learning the religious and cultural history, and the stories of saints within their own ethnic culture. Families are encouraged and empowered to talk about the meaning, importance, and richness of their ethnic cultural heritage. Families are supported in their efforts to immerse young people in their own cultural traditions and history. recognizes and integrates the heritage and traditions of the various ethnic cultures within the life of the school. celebrates liturgical and ritual experiences in the languages of the people within the school. School leaders are growing in knowledge of the traditions, values and histories of the ethnic cultures within their school community. Page 14

15 16. OUTCOME SEVEN: CELEBRATION & APPRECIATION Students experience a variety of ethnic rituals and celebrations in the school. Students are developing an understanding of and respect for people of different cultures and languages. Parents are encouraged to model and encourage respect for people of other cultures and their traditions in their children and teens. participates in celebrations of the ethnic cultures within the school. School leadership models and encourages respect for people of other cultures and their traditions. School leadership hires leaders that reflect its cultural diversity. Page 15

16 17. OUTCOME SEVEN: BUILDING BRIDGES Students are developing the attitudes and skills for overcoming racial and ethnic prejudices. Students are engaged in solidarity with cultural minority groups and the social issues they face. Students participate in cross cultural experiences of learning, worship, service, and community life activities. Families participate in intercultural activities in the school and wider community. Parents are equipped to model healthy ethnic and racial attitudes, and confront prejudice and discrimination. consciously addresses issues of discrimination in the school and wider community. promotes intercultural collaboration in learning, worship, service, and community life activities for all ages. Page 16

17 18. OUTCOME EIGHT: BAPTISMAL CALL Students are guided in recognizing the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in discerning their particular Christian vocation in the world through the single life, married life, and in the case of Catholic students, the ordained life or consecrated life (religious brothers and sisters). Students are developing gifts for ecclesial ministry and being invited to consider this vocational choice. Students participate in vocational apprenticeships where they can experience a variety of ways in which they can live out their vocational call as adults. Parents are encouraged to share how they live their vocational call through their married life. celebrates the vocational call of all its members and engages people in sharing their experiences of living that call through the single life or married life. guides faculty and staff in deepening their vocational call and living their call in the world. Page 17

18 19. ALL ADULTS IN THE SCHOOL (faculty, staff, and administration) Please tell us about the adults in the school community. strongly disagree disagree agree strongly agree don't know The adults in our school believe in the Catholic mission of the school. The adults in our school are faith filled people who model their faith to students. The adults in our school are growing spiritually. The adults in our school encourage the faith formation and spiritual growth of students. The adults in our school help young people on their spiritual journeys, and serve as mentors or guides. The adults in our school have close relationships with young people. The adults in our school are good listeners and easy to talk to. The adults in our school are supportive of young people. The adults in our school care about the whole life of the student personal, academic, and spiritual. The adults in our school are involved in campus ministry programs, retreats, and service projects with students. Page 18

19 20. RELIGION TEACHERS Please tell us about the religion teachers using the following qualities: strongly disagree disagree agree strongly agree don't know Religion teachers are committed to Jesus Christ. Religion teachers are people of mature Catholic faith. Religion teachers invite students into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Religion teachers empower students to live and witness as disciples of Jesus Christ. Religion teachers talk with young people about their faith. Religion teachers are competent to teach the Bible and the Catholic faith tradition. Religion teachers have a substantive understanding of Scripture and the Catholic tradition. Religion teachers use current learning principles and teaching methodologies in their classes. Page 19

20 21. CAMPUS MINISTERS Please tell us about the campus minister and the adults involved in campus ministry. strongly disagree disagree agree strongly agree don't know Campus ministers are committed to young people and their faith growth. Campus ministers are committed to Jesus Christ. Campus ministers are people of mature Catholic faith. Campus ministers invite young people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Campus ministers empower young people to live and witness as disciples of Jesus Christ. Campus ministers talk with young people about their faith. coordinator helps to form a vibrant community of faith on campus. coordinator is an effective leader and a good organizer. coordinator organizes celebrations of feasts and seasons of the liturgical year with the entire school community through a variety of liturgical experiences (e.g. Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, Liturgy of the Word, etc.) coordinator organizes a four year retreat program for young people. coordinator works with the school administration in providing retreat experience for faculty and staff. Page 20

21 coordinator provides opportunities for service projects and immersion programs for youth and adults. coordinator recruits, equips, and supports adults involved in campus ministry. coordinator recruits, equips, and supports youth leaders involved in campus ministry. coordinator works with a team to plan and implement programs and activities. coordinator provides education and resources for parents and families to grow in faith coordinator provides education and resources for parents to develop parenting skills. Page 21

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