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Early Childhood Program
 

The parish offers an Early Childhood faith formation program on Sundays. These sessions take place on Sunday mornings during the 9:30 AM Mass each week starting the first Sunday of October and ending on the second Sunday of May for older 3s, 4 and 5 year old children.Registration can take place anytime during the year, though families are encouraged to register before the October starting time when possible. To download a registration form, please click on “Early Childhood Registration Form.

If you would be willing to share the faith with children 3,4, and 5 years old; meet for lesson planning 4 times during the year; please contact Kathryn Locke. Ongoing formation for early childhood catechists is encouraged and provided for by the parish.

 
Catechetical Formation for Grades 1-6
 

During these years the parish helps parents form their children in the basics of Catholic faith, sacramental practice, prayer and daily Catholic life. To register your child(ren) in the formation program, call the Religious Formation Office or print out the Family G.R.A.C.E. Registration Form. and send it in. As with the other age groups there are three components to their formation. All are considered essential:

  1. Monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions with the whole family and whole parish. When you register, you will choose a specific evening for your monthly session.

  2. Sacramental Preparation G.R.A.C.E Sessions . In accord with the policy of the archdiocese children need to be actively attending Mass and involved in at least two consecutive years of religious formation here or a previous parish, in order to be a candidate for one of the sacraments. During the course of these six years we have sessions with children and parents which will prepare them for:

    Baptism or Becoming Catholic (if they have not already been baptized or were baptized in another Christian Church)
    First Eucharist
    First Reconciliation
    Entering into the Confirmation program

    Click on any of the links above to learn more about sacramental preparation or call/email Kathryn Locke .

  3. Several Age-Specific G.R.A.C.E. Sessions during the catechetical year. We will gather the children in their individual grades four times in the fall and five times in the winter, to focus on essential prayers, bible stories, and Catholic beliefs and practices. For dates of these gatherings, please see our G.R.A.C.E. calendar.

    PREPARATION MATERIAL FOR CATECHETICAL LESSONS GRADES ONE - SIX

    The material below can be viewed or printed. The weekly sessions for grades one through six are given individually per week. Please note how the lesson material is arranged in three parts: (1) A key Bible story is focused on with questions for reflection. (2) A prayer or set of prayers we are encouraged to know by heart is given with suggestions on how to use them during the week. (3) A set of Catholic faith vocabulary words/concepts with very brief definitions. In addition, a more detailed dictionary of terms is available for viewing to give parents and others more information on the word/concept in question. This dictionary is cumulative and comprehensive. It will eventually contain all the words and concepts from each year and each week, arranged alphabetically.





 
Catechetical Formation for Junior High (Grades 7-8)
 

These two years provide an opportunity to deepen what has been learned in prior years, begin to develop a sense of youth ministry, and become a candidate for Confirmation, if they so choose. The junior high model for formation is not classroom based but follows a youth ministry model of formation events and reflection. All junior high students receive a Catholic Handbook/Catechism as well as a Catholic Youth Bible. They are expected to know the catechetical material from Grades 1-6, as well as learn the material from the Handbook and read the Bible. We ask that parents review such material with them prior to any junior high gathering. To register your junior high in the formation program, call the Religious Formation Office or print out the Family G.R.A.C.E. Registration Form. and send it in. As with the other ages, three components are considered essential:

  1. Monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions with the whole family and whole parish. We ask that families with a junior high age student attend on either Sunday or Friday evening.

  2. Occasional junior high youth ministry gatherings (service projects, mini-retreats, lock-ins, etc.) throughout the year. See the G.R.A.C.E. calendar.

  3. Sessions for Confirmation candidates, beginning in their eighth grade year or other sacramental prep if in need of one of the other sacraments.

To help or for more information, call/email Karen Peters.We need adults to help with the following areas:

  • YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM: Adults who assist in identifying the needs of the teens in our parish and work with the youth ministry toward achieving these goals. Each adult is asked to attend approximately 3-4 meetings a year and help with facilitation of meetings and certain special events.

  • JUNIOR HIGH (GRADES 7-8) SPECIAL EVENT HELP/DRIVING/CHAPERONE: Chaperone or Assist in implementation of at least one special junior high event. Approximately 6 hours of volunteer time per event..

  • JUNIOR HIGH AGE-SPECIFIC CATECHIST : Assist parish staff as a catechist at one or more of the 3 Saturday age specifi sessions for the 7th and/or 8th grade.  Training and preparation provided. Usually work in teams.

  • JUNIOR HIGH MONTHLY CATECHIST : Assist parish staff as a catechist at one or more of the 7 Monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions. Training and preparation and all materials provided. Usually work in teams. Choose between Sunday or Friday evening 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

 
High School Youth Ministry
 

We approach catechetical formation for high school age teens from a youth ministry model.  We want them to be at home in the parish and all that happens in the parish, but also gather with other teens periodically, plan some of their own events, go on retreats with teens from other parishes, and take responsibility for helping each other grow in faith.  For more information, call/email Karen Peters.

As with all formation ages, the three components are present:

  1. Monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions seven times a year with the rest of the community. Teens act as assistants for the adult catechists for the junior high or other age groupings in a given month. Or, they are welcome to attend the adult gathering for monthly G.R.A.C.E. in a given month.

  2. Retreats, Rainbow weekend, vicariate teen events, World Youth Day activities, service projects, lock-ins and other occasional youth ministry events are planned by the youth with the help of the Youth Ministry coordinator and Youth Ministry Committee. Along with twice monthly teen gatherings, these form the age-specific G.R.A.C.E. components for teens.  Please see the G.R.A.C.E. Teen calendar. for specific dates

  3. Confirmation preparation or other sacramental preparation for those teens who have not been confirmed or need one of the sacraments form the G.R.A.C.E. Sacramental component for teens.

We are always looking for parents and other adults to help with planning or chaperoning youth events.  If interested please contact Karen Peters. We especially are looking for help with:

  • YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM: Adults who assist in identifying the needs of the teens in our parish and work with the youth ministry toward achieving these goals. Each adult is asked to attend approximately 3-4 meetings a year and help with facilitation of meetings and certain special events.

  • SENIOR HIGH (GRADES 9-12) SPECIAL EVENT HELP/DRIVING/CHAPERONE: Chaperone or Assist in implementation of at least one special senior high event. Approximately 6 hours of volunteer time per event..

 


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