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2019-20 Youth Faith Formation

 

 

Welcome to St. Thomas More Catholic Community Faith Formation registration. There are many opportunities to grow in faith at St. Thomas More for families.

 

REGISTER YOUR CHILD >

Registration is due Friday, September 13.

 

CATECHESIS OF THE
GOOD SHEPHERD
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
FIRST RECONCILIATION 
& EUCHARIST PREP
CONFIRMATION PREP

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a program that uses the Montessori model of education to engage the entire child – body, mind and spirit – with the mysteries of our faith.  It nurtures a close personal relationship between the child and the Good Shepherd by encouraging imaginative play with the symbols of our faith as they are experienced in Church scripture, sacraments and liturgy. Our trained Catechists and Support Personnel provide guidance through a carefully prepared curriculum for each session in the Atrium, as well as close monitoring and support for the individual child as they engage in the various activities.  

Each Atrium session lasts about 50-60 minutes, with the child(ren) being delivered to the Atrium (located in the church’s base­ment) just before Mass begins and picked up immediately after Mass. A complete list of scheduled sessions for the season will be provided upon registration, together with helpful information to ensure your child has a wonderful Atrium experience.

Registration is limited to 15 children and remains open throughout the year until that limit is reached.

3-6 year olds
$50 per child

Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation meets once or twice a month in the Pastoral Center library for 1st-5th graders on Sunday mornings from October to April. Parents/guardians do book lessons or online guides at home with their child(ren). The learning is enhanced at Sunday Family Faith. All Family Faith Formation Sessions are in the Pastoral Center Library (enter through the ramp).

1st-5th graders
$40 per child ($90 per child for Sacramental Prep + Family Faith Formation)

SCHEDULE - The following Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 am:

- September 29 (Open House)
October 6 & 27
November 10
December 8

- January 12 & 26
February 23
March 8 & 22
April 19

First Reconciliation and Eucharist

If you have a child in 2nd grade and wish for them to prepare for these sacraments the family must also participate in Family Faith Formation as well. If your child attends the parish school, families do not have to attend Family Faith but do have to participate in the parish sacramental prep program. All 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist Sessions are in the Pastoral Center Library (enter through the ramp).

2nd graders and older
$60 per child ($90 per child for Sacramental Prep + Family Faith Formation)

Archdiocesan Requirements >

1ST RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE:

Parent/Guardian Only Meeting 
- October 30, 7 pm

Child/Parent/Guardian Meetings
- November 9, 16 & 23, 9:00-9:45 am

1st Reconciliation
- November 23, 10 am

FIRST EUCHARIST SCHEDULE:

Child/Parent/Guardian Meetings
- March 28, 9-9:45 am
- April 18 & 25, 9-9:45 am

1st Eucharist Rehearsal
- April 25, 10:00 am

1st Eucharist
April 26, 10:30 am Mass

 

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation and continues the process of full initiation in the Church, begun at baptism. It is important that each candidate makes the choice to participate in this process of learning and reflection on living a life of faith and service in the Church. Sessions will include attendance at 10:30 am Mass (sometimes with parents/guardians and  sponsors, please see the schedule to the right), community-building lunch time, prayer, and learning. 

Confirmation candidates are to engage in 10 hours of service with the poor. Direct service to the marginalized is an essential component of our Catholic faith and of our STM community. Our desire is to put our youth into contact with those who are on the margins and to have a meaningful interaction where both parties are changed forever. Examples of direct service include: serving meals at the Dorothy Day Center, working at STM’s Free Store, working at a senior center, Loaves and Fishes, tutoring kids after school, etc.

9th-12th graders
$100 per candidate

Archdiocesan Requirements >

SCHEDULE - The following Sundays starting with 10:30 Mass, then meeting in the School Auditorium until 2:00 pm:

Sessions
- October 13 (Includes Parent/Guardian)
- October 27 (Includes Sponsor)
- November 10
- November 24 (Includes Sponsor)
- December 8
- Saturday, December 13 (Advent Toy Give-away)
- January  12 
- January 26 (Includes Sponsor)
- February  9
- February 23 (Includes Sponsor)


- March 1
- March 15 (Includes Sponsor)
- April 19
- May 3 (Includes Sponsor & Parent/Guardian)

Rite of Sending (Mass only - no session)
- May 10

Confirmation
- Monday, May 11, 7 pm, St. Paul Cathedral
 

 

Archdiocesan Requirements for 1st Reconciliation/1st Eucharist and Confirmation:

 

If your child was NOT Baptized at St. Thomas More Church (or the Churches of Immaculate Heart of Mary or St. Luke), per Archdiocesan re­quirements, you will need to request the church of baptism to send us a NEW baptism certificate dated within this 2019-2020 preparation year. You may al­so pick up the record/certificate in person, bring it to the parish office or turn it in at one of our confirmation sessions.

 

Our Faith Formation Team:


Brian Hefer - Director of Faith Formation and Justice & Service

Isabel Hughes - Family Faith Formation

Kevin Lund - Sacramental Prep

Brian Hefer & Barbara Koening - Confirmation

 

 

REGISTER YOUR CHILD >

Registration is due Friday, September 13.

 

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