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 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.
With Covid thankfully fading into the past, we will be spending this summer gearing up for Faith Formation Ministries to begin in the fall of 2021. If you are interested in participating in any of these formation programs, registration will open on our website July 1st.
Hopefully we will have something for everyone to participate in this year and you find a session you will enjoy! If there is something you would like to do and it is not listed feel free to reach out and let us know!
We are excited to see everyone in person and online in the fall!
Elementary Faith Formation: 1st – 5th Grade (10:40 am -11:40 am)
First Holy Communion Prep: 2nd Grade (10:40 am – 11: 40 am)
Confirmation Preparation: available for anyone entering 8th through 12th grade (11:15 am – 1:30 pm)
Middle School Faith Formation: 6th - 7th Grade (6:30 – 7:30 pm)
A Family of Faith: monthly faith formation sessions for families (7:00 – 8:30)
Homeschool Scripture Class (TBD)
First Holy Communion Prep: 2nd Grade (5:30 – 6:30 pm)
Elementary Faith Formation:
This is weekly classroom style religious education designed to follow the 9:30 am Sunday Mass so families can attend Mass together and then elementary age students can attend Faith Formation sessions immediately after it. This year we will continue using St Mary’s Press Discover! Finding Faith in Life, weekly lesson plans. One of the best things about this program is The Catholic Children’s Bible, which each student will receive. This Scripture text is translated into kid friendly terms and accented with pictures and descriptions that bring to life the relevant Bible stories each week.
First Holy Communion Prep:
This class is designed for students entering into the 2nd grade to prepare for their First Holy Communion which will take place in the spring of 2022 and First Reconciliation, which typically takes place in January. Throughout the year they will work through the BLESSED: First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Books with characters Ben, Sarah, and their pet gerbil Hemingway as they learn about how blessed we are to be members of the largest family in the world.
This program is designed for students who are in 8th -12th grade. Like all Sacraments there is not a correct age or time to receive a Sacrament but there is some preparation that needs to complete before taking on the responsibility that it comes with the Sacrament. Here at St. Patrick’s we do require students to be at least in the 8th grade before they begin preparing for Confirmation but the program is open to anyone in the 8th - 12th grades. Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will be captivated by the story, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life.
Middle School Faith Formation:
This year we are excited to launch a hybrid model of faith formation which blends both the educational classroom methods with interactive and relationship building youth group methods. We will be following Lifeteen’s EDGE curriculum with the middle school students as it provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.
A Family of Faith:
We are excited to continue with the Family of Faith program for those families who wish to participate. We will meet monthly on the first Monday of the month with both parents and students having their own sessions. Parents will then take home work to complete with their children before returning the following month. This year we will be going over the Sacraments and how they reveal God’s love to us.
Homeschool Scripture Class:
This year I am looking forward to hosting God’s Plan in Scripture (GPS) which is based on "The Great Adventure Kids Bible Timeline". God’s Plan in Scripture (GPS) is a twenty-four-lesson parish program designed to take children on an amazing journey through the story of salvation. The Storybook helps children and families learn the Bible together using the same color-coding and chronological approach as the adult Great Adventure Bible Timeline®.