Youth / Teens Faith Formation
Faith Formation for Youth/Teens (Grades 7 , 8 & 9) Registration 2016-2017
The Faith Formation process is life-long and is aimed at the conversion of the individual. Grades 7 through 9 meet weekly from October to April for catechesis to explore their faith in the context of the curriculum Catholic Connections, Junior High - Saint Mary’s Press - a faith formation program that introduces young adolescents to Jesus Christ in a new way and inspires them to follow him.
- Fosters the faith of young adolescents by helping them to make connections between the Catholic faith and everyday life.
- Helps young people to strengthen their connection to the faith community.
- Helps them recognize that it is the power of the Holy Spirit that has united God’s people in love and that continues to be a transforming presence.
- Uses an active, hands-on approach to religious education.
Catholic Connections aims to strengthen the Catholic identity of junior high (middle school) students and inspires them to participate more fully in the Church’s mission. The program works in a 2- or 3-year model and includes a Student Handbook, which the students will use for the two-year program. The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers is approved by the Bishops’ Committee. (2009).
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is envisioned as a two-year process for high school – Grades 8 and 9. With the help of grade level catechists, parents and Confirmation sponsors - young people are prepared for receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our youth will deepen their understanding of the sacramental life of the Church and be encouraged to build an intimate relationship with Christ.
"You are the hope of the Church and of society ... I continue to believe in young people, in you." ~John Paul II, visit to Spain, 1982
The youth play an integral role in the Church and her mission because they are the future, as John Paul II said, they are the hope. It is necessary that we acknowledge the fact that the youth are the future of our Church and they must be guided, loved, taught and treated with dignity.