Youth Faith Formation

Online registration has closed. Contact Laura Stapleton regarding registration.

Beginning in Oct. on select Sundays: 9-12th Graders will gather from 6-7:45 in the Sullivan Room, beginning with optional dinner from 6-6:30 in the Lower Commons. Details for HS home study are below.

Middle School Faith Formation 2022-2023 Calendar

Middle Schoolers gather on select Sundays 12:30—1:30pm in a St Mary's School classroom in the same hall with Elementary Faith Formation Sunday classes. Enter through the church's main doors and proceed through the commons to access the school hallway. 

We are using materials created by the Diocese of Wheeling (http://vcat.org/) to teach about Creed, Morality, Sacraments and Prayer over a three year cycle. Lessons are a combination of video content, facilitated discussion, and activities.

Middle School Home Study materials will be ready in October. 

HIGH SCHOOL Faith Formation

Home Study directions: After you register for this option with our parish(net cost $0), call Ascension Press (1-800-376-0520 ext 3) to order/purchase the materials for your high schooler directly from the publisher. Name the program you need. (9th grade "the blue CHOSEN program") (10th and above "Alteration" AND "Connected") Choose and mention if you want a physical workbook or not. You will be purchasing online access to their video and workbook content. When you call, they will be friendly and helpful! This is the easiest and most efficient method to get what you need. These materials are self-paced. Teens who are siblings may share access to the same programs. If you have specific questions, direct them to Laura Stapleton.

UPDATED High School Formation calendar:

9th grade:

October 30, November 13 and 20, December 4 and 11

January 8, 15, and 22,

February 5, 12, 26

March 5, 12, 19, and 26

April 30

May 7

 

10-12th grade:

October 30, November 13 and 20, December 4

January 8, 15, 22

February 12

March 5, 

April 16, 30

 

TIME

6:00 pm- 6:30 dinner in lower commons

6:30 pm- 7:45 class in various locations

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

You are welcome and needed to help with dinner and discussion/listening/encouragement during class times for all age groups and Confirmation. Please email Laura Stapleton if you can be a regular or periodic adult volunteer.  

 

TEEN CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - UPDATED!

Every school year our parish prepares 65-75 teens to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring. This winter we will offer our preparation program, beginning with Candidate interviews (in mid-January) and an orientation (January 15 time TBD), followed by a series of Sunday nights from 6-8pm (with dinner from 6-6:30pm) on: February 5, 26, March 12, 19, and 26, with a rehearsal and additional program offering on Saturday April 22 from 9am-12pm. We will offer a day-long Confirmation Retreat at the parish Sat. Jan. 28, 10am—7pm (includes Sat. 5:30 Mass.)

Teens in 10th grade or above who are interested in celebrating Confirmation in Spring 2023, must be registered by Thanksgiving. If you do NOT attend a Catholic high school, you are also required to register for one of the Regular Formation groups detailed above. Confirmation mass with the Bishop will be celebrated on Thursday May 4th at 7pm.

*If you already know or anticpaite a conflict for the retreat on Saturday Jan 28th, teens may participate in the Confirmation retreats sponsored by the diocese and presented my NET Ministries, but space is limited and registration must be done by a Youth Minister/Faith Formation leader. (Contact Laura Stapleton.) Here is the required registration form. Families will be responsbile for their own transportation. The remaining diocese retreat date options are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Saint Mark, Virginia Beach