PreK - 12th Grade Faith Formation

 

Faith Formation, Preschool-8th Grade


Wednesday Night Discipleship Groups: A grade-based, small group approach, focusing on children growing, understanding and accepting what it means to be a Disciple of Christ. Youth will be placed in small groups by grade level, with approximately 25 sessions between September and May.

Our trained facilitators utilize a published curriculum and stations to provide opportunities for our youth to engage in Scripture, Prayer, Conversation, Learning, and other Activities. We meet regularly on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas.* 

*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we may offer an additional day or time to gather in order to abide by social distancing guidelines.


Homeschool: An approach to intensify the formation occuring at home. Parents attend 2-3 meetings throughout the year and are provided a curriculum is completed together with their child. There are a few choices for the homeschool curriculum, and parents will choose which option they determine will be best for their home after an intial meeting with Joe or Jen Weyers.

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Anchor Youth Ministry

Youth ministry program for all of St. Cecilia and St. Thomas Aquinas 6-12th graders. This includes: middle school (EDGE) and high school (Life Teen, Small Group Ministry, Confirmation, Anchor High School Peer Ministry Team). Anchors are a biblical symbol of hope.  Our program is defined by the dozens of caring adults who lead our programs - the “anchors” who help keep teens secure in their faith.

EDGE: A bonus offering for all of our Middle School Youth in 6-8th grade. It is a social opportunity for middle schoolers to grow in their faith and love being at church. 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.

High School Small Group Ministry: Weekly small group discussions to deepen students' relationship with Jesus Christ through a Catholic curriculum. Are gender & grade specific. Are limited to eight students plus an adult leader and an upperclassman (11th or 12th grader) assistant leader. Participants are randomly assigned to a small group when they start in their 9th grade year and stay in their small group year after year. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in small groups for their 9th & 10th grade years in addition to their Sacrament Prep classes for Confirmation. The goal of a small group is to travel through to their 12th grade year with the same small group participants and leader. Small groups meet from 7:15-8:45 PM on Wednesdays at both parishes.

Life Teen: A large group ministry open to all high schoolers, who can drop in as often as they like or attend weekly for faith formation.  Life Teen features games and fellowship with witness/teaching for grades 9-12. Centered on a Eucharistic spirituality, the goal of Life Teen is to lead teens closer to Christ through a prayerful community experience. 

Anchor High School Peer Ministry Team: For 11th & 12th graders, a group of 10 teens meet with Kayla once a month to plan social high school youth ministry events, are a sounding board for events, recruitment, communication to peers, disciple underclassmen. First Sundays of the months.

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.

Anchor Glossary

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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.


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"[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"