Faith Formation for Children and Youth
The Catholic Church recognizes that the parents have primary responsibility for the religious education of their children. It is within family life that children learn about God, love for others, share prayer, learn about sacrifice and service, and celebrate sacraments together-including the Sunday Eucharist each week.
Elementary and Middle School
The Faith Formation program geared for public and home-schooled children in grades one through eight is held on Wednesday evenings. Classes meet September through the beginning of May from 6:30 to 7:45pm.
First Eucharist (2nd Grade &older):
First Eucharist is celebrated yearly with active, participating parishioners and their families. There are group preparation sessions and a retreat for families with a second grader (or older) preparing for this sacrament. Families will complete a preparation workbook at home. It culminates in the celebration of First Eucharist.
First Reconciliation (2nd Grade &older):
First Reconciliation is celebrated yearly with active, participating parishioners and their families. There are group preparation sessions and a retreat for families with a second grader (or older) preparing for this sacrament. Families will complete a preparation workbook at home for this sacrament. The curriculum for this preparation focuses on healing relationships.
The Sunday morning nursery for toddlers, ages 1 to 3 (12-36 months) is available year round during both masses. They will be cared for, play, pray, and begin to know what being in a faith community looks, sounds, and feels like.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
During Sunday morning masses children, grades K-4, will have the opportunity to hear and reflect on the Word together. Children will be invited, led by their catechist, to the chapel adjacent to the Worship space.
Vacation Bible School
For children ages 4 (by September 1) through 5th grade, Vacation Bible School is a great way to spend a cool week in the summer. Children have the opportunity to reconnect and explore their faith for five half days with a fun theme.
Summer Stretch is a Gospel-centered discipleship program for current 5th - 8th graders (youth entering grades 6 - 9 in September). Youth entering grades 10 - 12 are welcome as peer leaders. It is an opportunity for young people to put their faith into action by serving our community through volunteer work at various sites including Feed My Starving Children, ARC Value Village, Second Harvest Heartland, National Park Service, Options for Women East and Ecumen Lakeview Commons.
A great way to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your faith, make new friends and have a good time!