We are blessed that so many families with young children have chosen to call St. Ignatius their spiritual home.
Our Good Shepherd Atrium allows children to spend an extended amount of time coming to know Jesus in a special place designed just for them. Each week we now welcome over fifty children ages 3 to 9 to one of our six 90-minute sessions. While in that beautiful space they sing, pray, contemplate scripture and the liturgy using handmade materials designed just for them. As the first parish in Montreal to offer this internationally-acclaimed program (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd), we’ve hosted three multi-day formation courses for new catechists from neighboring parishes. With support from Pillars Trust, this special approach to children’s faith formation is enriching the lives of families at St. Ignatius and beyond.
During Sunday Mass each week, our Catch The Wave team of energetic and dedicated volunteers are there to share with the kids the good news about Jesus’s abiding love for them. They’re inspired with games, stories, songs and visuals that allow them to be engaged with the Mass and to deepen their understanding of God and the Gospels. Any child can join at any time. All are welcome.
In 2022, anywhere from 50 to 80 children participated in Catch the Wave each week, and we are grateful for the support which makes it possible for St. Ignatius to continue to offer this innovative and uplifting opportunity to enrich our children’s faith.