PreK - 12th Grade Faith Formation

 

"[A]t the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, "the only Son from the Father...full of grace and truth," who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.... Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity." -Saint Pope John Paul II, "Catechesi Tradendae"

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Here at St. Thomas Aquinas, we take great pride in providing several options for our youngest parishioners to grow in their faith and develop a life-long commitment to journeying with Christ. We hope all of our young people embrace their faith and form a desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus by providing ways for them to Learn about the Catholic Faith, Ask questions that interest them, and Participate within a community of their peers.

 

Our 2017-18 Faith Formation Offerings for Youth are:

Faith Formation: A more "traditional" program. Students will be placed in classrooms by grade level, have approximately 25 sessions between September and May, and utilize a standard curriculum as the source of their material. This is a program that is best for those who learn by interacting with others in discussion and/or reading. This program meets on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas.

EDGE: Is a bonus offering for all of our Middle School Youth. It is a social opportunity for middle schoolers to grow in their faith and love being at church. Like Life Teen, EDGE is led by a caring group of youth ministers seeking to lead middle schoolers closer to Christ through icebreakers, learning activities, small group discussion, prayer and witness talks. EDGE meets twice a month for a large group outing or small group bible study.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS): A hands-on approach to religious education based on self-direction by child within the prepared environment provided by a trained teacher. In CGS, trained catechists offer a place for the child to come and nurture this relationship with God by providing the materials and the environment. Level I is for children 3-6 years old (Pre-K to K), Level II for the 6-9 years old (1st – 3rd grade), and Level III (not available for the 2017-18 year) for the 9-12 years old (5th – 6th grade). Level I classes will be held at St. Cecilia Parish and Level II classes will be held at St. Thomas Church.

Homeschool, Family Formation: For those that either prefer a more family focused option or are not available during our Faith Formation or CGS offerings, we subscribe to a program entitled “Family Faith Formation” (http://Familyformation.net/). This is open for children in preschool through 6th grade and provides lesson plans and resources that parents can walk through with their child.

High School YDisciple:: A small group formation program. A small group of 5-8 teenagers of the same gender and grade meet with an adult mentor and peer leader(s) each week. YDisciple has a digital curriculum and is discussion based. The goal of YDisciple is to form dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation:  Ninth graders enroll in our Confirmation Preparation program when then register for our weekly faith formation program. Confirmation preparation is completed with sponsor companions at our quarterly classes by utilizing the Chosen program by Ascension Press.


REGISTER FOR ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS BY CLICKING HERE.