Faith Formation for Children and Teens

 

 

Our Faith Formation programs here at St. Patrick's exists to assist you in your role as parents and guardians in your children’s ongoing faith formation, as well as to help you keep the solemn promises you made before God on the day they were baptized.  It is our goal to provide you with the support and means necessary to raise your children as strong Catholics in today’s world. Here at St. Patrick's, we offer weekly Faith Formation classes that will prepare your children to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation along with the opportunity to continue to deepen their faith and to grow in their relationship with the Lord. 

I want to first take a moment to thank you for all of the patience, help and support that you have shown over the past year, making my first year here as smooth and seamless as possible. Our Faith Formation programs exist to assist you in your baptismal promises made for your children, but without your patience and cooperation, we would not be able to maintain our programs here throughout the year.  It is our goal to provide you with the support and means to raise your children as strong Catholics in an engaging environment that educates at a pace conducive to personal growth, serves the needs of parents, encourages peer relationships, and creates disciples of Christ. Our vision is to offer weekly Faith Formation classes, which prepare children to receive the Sacraments, and provide an experience that deliberately and intentionally creates a hunger in the youth and families of our parish; leading them to develop a personal relationship with the Lord.

 

After working closely with REACT (Religious Education Advisory Council of Tomorrow) and listening to the feedback from parents, students, and catechists, Fr. Aidan and I have begun to implement a few of the necessary changes required to accommodate our rapidly growing community and to best meet the needs of your hectic family schedule. During the 2019-2020 school year, we will be adding more classes, offering an additional day and times to our current Faith Formation schedule. To continue offering catechesis in a manner that is conducive to maintaining our catechetical and safety standards, we will be limiting the class size to fifteen students per classroom. As such, classes will be offered on a first come first serve basis. We are working diligently to keep costs down and to use the tuition responsibly for the good of the children. The growth and expansion of our Faith Formation program means that we have had to make minimal increases to the enrollment fees. All of these changes to the class days/times, size, and tuition are listed in further detail.

 

First Holy Communion/General Faith Formation

With limited classroom space and growing class sizes, we will be capping classes to fifteen students in a classroom and will be offering more opportunities to attend sessions on a first come first serve basis. Faith Formation classes will be offered twice a week on Sundays and on Wednesday evenings. 

 

Sunday Mornings 10:40-11:45:        1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

Sunday Evenings 6:00-7:30:          6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade and High School Confirmation

Wednesdays Evenings 5:30-6:45   1st-5th Grade along with 6th and 7th Grade

Wednesday Evenings 7:00-8:30     8th Grade and High School Confirmation Prep

 

Middle School Faith Formation:

Sixth and seventh grade is often a difficult time for students with outside pressures put on them from school, sports, and extracurricular activities. Middle school is also a vital time to instill core values of our Catholic faith. We will be offering these sessions on Sundays from 6:00-7:30 pm and also on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. In eighth grade, students will begin to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation by building a foundational knowledge of the Sacraments and other key points of our faith. Classes will be offered on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm and again on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm. Students will be asked to choose on a first come first serve basis either Sundays or Wednesdays, and commit to that day for the duration of the year.

 

High School Confirmation:

Our High School confirmation class is for students who are searching for their purpose in life and looking to do that with a community of peers. Sessions will be offered on Sundays from 6:00-7:30 pm and also on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm. Students will be asked to choose on a first come first serve basis either Sundays or Wednesdays, and commit to that day for the duration of the year.

 

NEW Enrollment Fees

Family Enrollment Fee - $100 (this is an annual fee for all families to enroll in any of our programs)

The following fees are in addition to the Family Enrollment Fee and cover the extra time, retreats and materials that are required to maintain these programs.

First Holy Communion Fee - $50

Confirmation Fee - $200

**If you want to enroll your child(ren) for any Sacramental Prep classes, you will be required to upload a copy of their baptismal certificate along with your online enrollment form.**

 

Enrollment for All Youth and Family Faith Formation Programs will open on Monday, July 1, 2019.  Enrollment will be done online via our website www.stpatrickchurch.org.  Payment in full is required at the time of enrollment and any enrollments received without payment will not be processed. Please note that no refunds will be issued after the first day of classes.  As always, please contact me directly if there is any financial difficulty.

I am looking forward to these positive changes that we are making as they will enhance our program and enable us to better serve the families of our parish. Thank you for your commitment to your child(ren)’s ongoing relationship with the Lord and their continual Faith Formation.

 

 Peace in Christ, Meagan Milstead, Director of Faith Formation

 

Curriculum Overview

1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades: Each child receives their own Discover! Kit, containing everything they need for their exciting faith journey. Children will dive into Bible stories in their own Catholic Children's Bible to encounter Jesus through the stories and people of scripture. Then, they get out of their seats for a built-in energetic learning activity that helps build a meaningful lesson. Next, they connect the Bible story and hands-on activity with Catholic doctrine through age-appropriate prayers, puzzles, and challenges in their Activity Book.

2nd Grade First Holy Communion: There’s never been anything like BLESSED in the Catholic world for children. With world-class animation, workbooks that are works of art, and catechist-friendly leader guides, First Communion and First Reconciliation prep finally meets children where they are and leads them, step-by-step, to where God is calling them to be.

6th Grade: The theme of Grade 6 is the law of God, with emphasis on the Ten Commandments and the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass. Part 1: The Ten Commandments, forming conscience and increasing closeness to God. Part 2: The Holy Mass, an emphasis on the Real Presence and Christ's sacrifice and an explanation of the parts of the Mass. Part 3: The Last Things, death and God's judgment with an emphasis on the great happiness of heaven.

7th Grade: The Teen Timeline —or T3— in 7th grade is the teen version of the revolutionary Great Adventure Bible Timeline. T3 teaches teens the Bible by showing them the “big picture” of salvation history. When young students of the Bible first understand the “story,” they are eager to learn more. The net result: teens begin to wrap their minds and hearts around the Scriptures and they come to see the Bible as a relevant part of their lives.

8th Grade: Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation is a program that provides everything you need to prepare students both intellectually and spiritually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to become lifelong disciples of Christ. Chosen seeks to reverse the trend of students leaving the Church after Confirmation by winning over the hearts of teens at a critical time in their lives and keeping them firmly planted within the faith community. Chosen's carefully designed methodology features highly effective and engaging material conveyed through videos, student workbooks, and classroom experience. Guides for leaders, parents, and sponsors as well as additional online resources make Chosen unlike any program available in the Church today.

High School Confirmation: Purpose is Life Teen's transformative plan for confirmation preparation. More than a resource, Purpose is designed to help proclaim the Gospel message to young people while providing an atmosphere where they are accompanied by adult leaders toward discipleship. The Purpose curriculum is focused on three big questions - "Why believe in God?" "Why trust Jesus?" and "Why belong to the Church?" This curriculum is designed to be kerygmatic with an emphasis on walking a teenager from an unfounded belief (or disbelief) in God toward a commitment to Jesus lived out through the Catholic Church. Each session is supplemented with video that engages the hearts, mind, and humor of teenagers.

 

 

Confirmation Mass Dress Code for both Candidates and their Sponsors:
Please remember that this is NOT a graduation ceremony and that it is the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic faith. As such, please dress appropriately and modestly out of respect for the sacrament and those around you. The dress code is as follows:

Ladies:

  • Dresses or skirts worn must be proper in length, at least tea length please. No mini skirts, exposed midriffs, or dresses that are strapless. 
  • Shoes to be worn must be dress shoes – Absolutely NO flip flops, casual sandals, sneakers, or deck shoes. 
  • No corsages please – either on the dress or on the wrist. 
  • Hairstyle - Please have the hair styled in a manner that is off the forehead – It is difficult for the Bishop to move the hair prior to conferring the sacrament.

Gentlemen:

  • A complete suit is preferred; however, at a minimum: A dress shirt, pants, and tie are required (please note that the robes to be worn are red – so when choosing a tie, please choose one accordingly) 
  • Shoes to be worn must be dress shoes – Absolutely NO flip flops, casual sandals, sneakers, or deck shoes.
  • No boutonnieres please.
  • Hairstyle - Guy's hair must also be styled in a manner that is off the forehead –Again, It’s difficult for the Bishop to have to move the hair prior to conferring the sacrament. 

 

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