Children's Faith Formation

Children's Faith Formation

PJesus and children statuearents …you are the single greatest influence on the spiritual and religious life of your children. Nothing else even comes close.  If you live the faith inside and outside of your home, your children have the greatest opportunity to do the same.  Our Sunday School programs present the Scripture and traditions of the Catholic faith to educate children and build a strong relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our classroom programs use a variety of materials to catechize youth and provide information that will remain with them for a lifetime.

Summer religious ed schedule K3 - Grade 1

Classes meet during the 8:30 & 11:00 am Sunday Masses on the following dates:

May 6, 13, 20 -No Class – 27

June 3, 10, 17, 24

July 8, 15, 22, 29  - No Class – 1

August  5, 12, 19, 26 

September 9 - No Class – 2

Religious education class schedule-  2018/2019 school year

First Eucharist/First Reconciliation and Confirmation special dates schedule.

Class Descriptions

Preschool (K3) through Grade 1 – Children in these classes enjoy learning  the Gospel message through engaging and interactive activities such as music and movement; arts and crafts; and seasonally-themed projects.  In class, children come to know the Sunday Gospel readings from the day’s Mass at an age-appropriate level and also discover the Church’s liturgical year.  The one-hour classes are offered year-round for this age group and parents may register their children in either the 8:30 am or 11:00 am class – both are held during Sunday morning Mass times. Classes are held:

  • Sunday  8:30-9:30 am (or)
  • Sunday 11:00-12:00 pm

 Grade 2 – Students are prepared for their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist using Dynamic Catholic’s Blessed program. This program engages children with state-of-the-art animation and also engages parents by providing complementary online material to reinforce lessons at home.  Parents and children will also participate in a retreat together to celebrate First Reconciliation and to also prepare as a family for First Eucharist.  Classes are held:

  • Sunday 9:35-10:50 am

Grades 3-5 – During these years, children have the opportunity to experience Children’s Liturgy of the Word during either the 8:30 am or 11:00 am Mass.  Children will arrive at Mass with their families and go to their Children’s Liturgy of the Word class while their parents attend Mass in the sanctuary.  This class will incorporate the overarching themes of each academic year, using the Loyola Press curriculum as a supplemental resource.  Classes are held:

  • Sunday  8:30-9:30 am (or)
  • Sunday 11:00-12:00 pm

Grades 6-8 – The middle school curriculum rotates through a diverse Catholic multimedia series focused on the growth and development of middle school age students.  It consists of programs from Altaration, Called to be Catholic, Chosen, Encounter, and A Biblical Walk Through Mass.  The curriculum will also contain youth ministry lessons that address the transitions and life challenges many middle school students face:  social media, stress management, peer pressure and bullying.  Students will have the option of attending class on either Wednesday evening or Sunday morning or both.  Throughout the year, there will be monthly activities (focused on prayer, service, formation and hospitality) scheduled for middle school students which will enable them to grow in their understanding and practice of stewardship.  Classes are held:

  • Wednesday 5:30-7:30 pm (and/or)
  • Sunday        9:35-10:50 am

Grades 9 and 10 – These two years are dedicated to fostering the spiritual growth and deepening the formal fomation knowledge of the students in order to prepare them for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Ninth grade students take an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments by discussing real life situations and how to apply God's law to these situations.  They will also discover how to live according to the virtues of Catholic faith and morality through the curriculum YOU.  Life, Love and the Theology of the Body.

Tenth grade students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation using Dynamic Catholic's Decision Point program. This program meets teens where they are in their everyday life and also offers materials for sponsors/parents, and training for adult catechist leaders.    (Parish children who do not attend POP School are confirmed in the spring of their tenth grade year.  POP School students are confirmed in the spring of their eighth grade year.)

  • Sunday 9:35–10:50 am

To learn more about any of the programs above, contact Formation Director, Megan Everett at 205-822-9125 ext. 12.