Youth Faith Formation

Contact Chris Jenkins or Laura Stapleton - Youth Ministers

 

Religious Education Options for Youth (2021-2022 school year)

We plan to begin this year mostly in-person. Faith formation for grades 6-10 will continue to be available as an independent home study option with a suggested pacing guide. Our gathered options are able to switch to virtual if that becomes necessary. Virtual Zoom call will NEVER be recorded, but audio and video participation are expected. 

Note: Confirmation will be described separately below.

Update: Responding to guidance provided by the Diocese Offices of Christian Formation and Evangelization, with the cooperation of our pastor, youth minsters, and director of Christian Formation, masks (covering the mouth and nose) will be worn be ALL youth and adults participating in gathered faith formation this year. Also, at this time, we are not going to share meals during our gatherings. In the event that either or both of these change, we will communicate. that information. 

6-8th grade Middle School

All grades will be using a video catechism program from the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston with supplements from various sources. All registered middle school youth are invited to participate in lawn games or other parish youth offerings.

              Home study *Google Classroom, video sharing, reflection questions

              Gathered Program  video sharing, discussion

                             12:30p-1:30 (large group and breakout groups for 6 and 7/8.)

              Select Sundays: Sept 26, Oct 3,10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27

(These dates are subject to change.)

              Catholic School students: Please register to provide contact information, photo permission and potential participation in other service and fellowship activities.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

 

High School

All highschool youth will explore and discern our Catholic faith with Decision Point, created by Dynamic Catholic.  All youth will have access to digital video content, an optional workbook, and small group reflection questions.

9th grade

              Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video content, responding to questions and reflections in Google Classroom. 

              Gathered Proram- A youth ministry team will faciliate small group discussion in response to large group video content on most Sundays from 6:30p -7:45p. On occassional select Sundays, we will engage in Lectio Divina (reflection and prayer) with the Sunday Scriptures.  

              Select Sundays: Sept 26, Oct 3,10, 17, 24 Nov 7, 14 Dec 5, 12, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27

(These dates are subject to change.)

10th grade and above

             Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video content, responding to questions and reflections in Google Classroom. 

             Gathered Program- A youth ministry team will faciliate small group discussion in response to large group video content on most Sundays. 

During registration, youth will select ONE of the following options:

4:45p-6:00p

6:30p-7:45p in-person

6:30p-7:45p virtual zoom

             Select Sundays: Sept 26, Oct 3,10, 17, 24 Nov 7, 14, Dec 12, Jan 16, 30, Feb 27, Mar 13, 27

(These dates are subject to change.)

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

 

Confirmation 

              The sacrament of confirmation is open to youth in 10th grade or above, who are concurrently enrolled in either 10th grade virtual faith formation, 10th grade homestudy, or attend Catholic school. (Click here to review other requirements.) All of the sacramental prep will be offered in person, following a schedule, led by the youth ministry team and volunteers. There is NO home study option for Confirmation preparation. 

Preparation includes: (1) enrolling in 10th grade faith formation, 10th grade homestudy, or attend Catholic school; (2) Attending 1 orientation (with a parent), all modules of sacrament specific content, and 1 mystagogy ; (3) Attending retreat.  

During registration, confirmation cadidates will select ONE of the following options:

3:00p-4:15p 

4:45p-6:00p

6:30p-7:45p in-person

6:30p-7:45p virtual zoom

Select Sundays:       Nov 21, Dec 5, Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 20, Mar 6, Mar 20

Retreat options: We are offering a single day retreat to prayerfully reflect on their upcoming sacrament, at St. Mary's, on February 5, 2022. Please save that date. 

Things we need:

Each teen must submit a recent NEW copy of their baptismal certificate. St. Mary's does not save copies from first communion. Please contact your teen's church of baptism and ask them to mail us a copy. If a teen was baptized at St. Mary's, just notify Chris or Laura.

Teens should consider who they will select for their sponsor. Check these guidelines. Request a sponsor verificiation form by emailing Chris or Laura.  

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

 

Upper classmen

For youth in grade 11 and 12, post-confirmation, we are working to provide various new platforms and opportunities. Please register so we can easily update you about the specific offerings. Provide your grade and select “add me to the list.”

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM