2020-21 Youth Sacramental Preparation classes are now open for registration! Registrations are due by Friday, October 23. Please contact Fr.
R. J. Fichtinger, SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please note that because of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic,
there will be no Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Family Faith Formation offered during our Sunday liturgies this fall. Our hope is to be able to offer
them again in the Spring when conditions make it safer for children to be able
to participate in this formative program.
Sessions will be on Saturdays from 9-9:45 am in the Church Undercroft. A parent/guardian must attend all sessions with his/her child. Please remember to wear masks and remain 6 feet away from others not in your household. If we have more than 15 students register, we will
offer multiple time slots to accommodate social distancing requirements.
Canon (church) Law states that you must be a registered parish family to receive sacraments here. If you are not registered, please register or obtain a letter of permission from the pastor at your current Catholic parish and make an appointment with Fr. R.J.
If your child was not Baptized at St. Thomas More Church, you will need to request the church of baptism to send us a NEW baptism certificate dated within this 2020-2021 preparation year.
REGISTER YOUR CHILD
Due to COVID-19, we have decided to delay Confirmation classes to fall 2021. Please register now to help us plan for next year! Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.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.
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.
Sessions will be on Sundays starting with 10:30 am Mass, then meeting in the School Auditorium until 2 pm. Sessions will include attendance at Mass (sometimes with parents/guardians and/or sponsors), community-building lunch time, prayer, and learning.
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.
Family Faith Formation meets once or twice a month in the Pastoral Center library for 1st-5th graders on Sunday mornings. Parents/guardians do book lessons or online guides at home with their child(ren). The learning is enhanced at Sunday sessions. All sessions are in the Parish Center Library.