Youth Faith Formation
Contact Chris Jenkins - Youth Minister
Registration Forms and Information can be found here.
Adult Leaders are always needed. Use the following links to learn more about volunteering for Middle School or High School Programs.
Religious Education Options for youth in Middle School and High School
Sunday Night Program: This program gathers twice a month on Sunday Evenings, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This program integrates social, catechetical, and prayer components into each session. We use the Life Teen and Edge programs as the catechetical component of this program. Learn more at www.lifeteen.com.
Home Study: For families who wish to incorporate the "formal" religious education of their children into the daily home life of the family. Students received a textbook with assigned readings to complete throughout the year. Review sheets for these chapters are given which must be completed and returned to the Youth Minister upon completion.
The textbooks used are The Catholic Faith Handbook (High School) and Catholic Connections (Middle School) both published by St. Mary's Press - www.smp.org.
For information about other Youth Ministry activities at St. Mary's, visit the Youth Ministry Page.
High School Programs for Confirmed Youth (Grades 11-12)
Youth Leadership Program: This program invites our oldest teens into roles of youth leadership with children and middle school youth. Registration for this program serves as an application, pending approval by the Director of Christian Formation or Youth Minister. Ministering alongside adult leaders, youth will lead one of our formation programs: either the Sunday Elementary Program, the Wednesday Afternoon Elementary Program, or the Sunday Night EDGE Program. There is no registration fee.
Peer Ministry Program: This program invites our oldest teens into roles of peer leadership. Peer ministers help direct activities, co-facilitate small groups, lead prayer and worship, alongside adult leaders. Registration for this program serves as an application, pending approval by the Youth Minister. Youth are asked to indicate their interest in either ministering at our Sunday Night Life Teen Program, our monthly Youth Confirmation Preparation Program, or both. There is no registration fee.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is open to all teens in the 10th grade or above. Teens must be registered in a Catholic High School or Youth Faith Formation program in addition to participating in the Sacrament preparation program.
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond issued Confirmation Preparation policies in 2010. These policies prescribe the curriculum to be covered and have set a 20 hour preparation program which includes 4 “modules”, 1 retreat, and a post Confirmation gathering. All details of the new preparation program will be described in detail at the orientation.