The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based program, which holds to the belief that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, particularly before the age of six, and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship. This place is called the atrium. Due to the unique nature of the formation offered in the atrium, we host only a small group of children in the session. This year the atrium is from 10 am to 11 am on Monday mornings.
We who serve the children, and too their families, in the parish between the age of 3 to 5th grade seek to offer a program that is a catalyst for a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Church & Christian relationships with their neighbors. Parents are the “on the ground” motivators, guides and teachers of their children. Therefore the Faith Formation program of catechists and volunteers offers our support on Wednesday nights from 6:15- 7:30 pm in providing an experience of Jesus through: monthly adoration, moments of prayer, lessons that teach a lived Tradition & virtues through conversations, crafts & service opportunities all in a personable environment. We hope your child(ren) will join us to grow in their friendship with Jesus, their faith and enrich their life!
What is EDGE?
EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. 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. EDGE speaks to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. EDGE presents Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand.
Our EDGE program from LifeTeen is open to all 6th, 7th & 8th graders.
Classes held on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45pm in the school cafeteria.
Confirmation for all grades is run differently than the traditional textbook-style classroom. The grades gather within their own small groups and with their very own leader(s). Each grade within the Confirmation program has its own specific track for the year. Ninth grade students dive into some of life’s most burning questions—looking for answers as to how and why we were created and what it means to follow Christ. Tenth grade students dive deeper into personal identity, the identity of God, Himself, the topic of life and other issues that impact our lives in the world today. Eleventh grade students conclude the process by focusing on answering the call of Jesus, the sacrament of Confirmation, the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and finally, being sent on mission. Confirmation for our eleventh-grade students is currently set to be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the 4:30 p.m. mass.
The teaching and discussion within each small group is done through the “YDisciple” video series on Formed.org. Confirmation candidates also complete tasks that give them the opportunity to further grow in their faith including service hours, sermon notes, and a saint report. Candidates in confirmation will also attend a retreat experience, typically in the summer between the 9th and 10th grade year. As we continue to move forward, we strive to make each night the very best we can. We are looking into bringing in special guest speakers frequently that will hit on important topics in our world today and connect them to our faith in Jesus. Selection of these speakers and more information will be made available as these things come together.