Youth Faith Formation

Contact Chris Jenkins or Laura Stapleton - Youth Ministers

Religious Education Options for Youth

No in-person faith formation inside the church building is currently planned for this year. The virtual programs we are preparing can be easily switched to in-person, if/ when that option becomes a safe possibility, depending on evolving regulations. If/when some gathered offerings are made available, virtual options will remain.

Faith formation for grades 6-10 will be available with two options. Option 1 is an independent home study option with a suggested pacing guide.  Option 2 is scheduled with specific virtual Zoom gathers and led by the youth ministry team with other volunteer catechists.        Note: Virtual Zoom (Option 2) expects participation using BOTH video and audio. Zoom calls with youth will NEVER be recorded.

Note: Confirmation will be described separately below.

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

              Virtual Sundays *Zoom, video sharing, discussion

                             1p-2 (large group and breakout groups for 6 and 7/8.)

                             Scheduled Sundays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21,                               2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

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

              Lawn games An October opportunity for outdoor fellowship, open to all registered youth regardless of home study, virtual Sunday, or Catholic school. Details and specific event signup will be available later.

Highschool

All highschool youth will explore and discern our Catholic faith with Chosen, created by Ascension Press. There will be some overlap and variation of focus topics between 9th and 10th grade. All youth will have access to digital video content, a digital workbook, online quizzes and reflection questions.

9th grade

              Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video and workbook content, offering their response using periodic quizzes and reflections. We are still discussing the possible use of paper workbooks, reflection journals, and google classroom.

              Virtual Sundays- The youth ministry team will offer small virtual community viewing of video content and facilitate relevant discussion on specific Sundays, from 6:30p-7:30. There may be simple tasks to complete before or after the zoom gatherings.  We are still discussing the possible use of paper workbooks and reflection journals.

                             Scheduled Sundays: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28

10th grade

              Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video and workbook content, offering their response using periodic quizzes and reflections. We are still discussing the possible use of paper workbooks, reflection journals, and google classroom.

              Virtual Options- The youth ministry team will offer small virtual community viewing of video content and facilitate relevant discussion on specific Sundays or Tuesdays. There may be simple tasks to complete before or after the zoom gatherings.  We are still discussing the possible use of paper workbooks and reflection journals.

During registration, youth will select ONE of the following schedules. *Each 10th grade virtual group will have limited capacity and filled first come/first served for each session. Please consider your #2 preference. The youth ministry team will contact your family directly if needed. 

                             *Sunday 6:30-7:30 Dates include: 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21

                             *Sunday 7:45-8:45 Dates include: 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21

                             *Tuesday 8:15-9:15 Dates include: 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/15, 1/12, 1/26, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23

 

Confirmation (Note: Registration for Confirmation MUST be submitted by Thanksgiving.)

              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.) At this time, all of the sacramental prep will be offered virtually using Zoom, following a schedule, led by the youth ministry team and volunteers. There is NO home study option for Confirmation preparation. 

*We are seeking a few adults to accompany the confirmands and the youth ministry team, especially so we can break into smaller discussion zoom groups and remain virtus compliant.

Preparation includes: (1) enrolling in 10th grade faith formation, 10th grade homestudy, or attend Catholic school; (2) Attending 1 orientation (a parent), 5 modules of sacrament specific content, and 1 mystagogy ; (3) Attending 1 retreat from the options provided below.  

Orientation (~1 hr) options:   EITHER Sunday 11/1 2:30p or Sunday 11/1 7:45p

Modules (Sundays 2:30-4p) *attend ALL:        1/17, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28

Mystagogy (~1 hr) options:    Sunday 5/16 6:30p or Tuesday 5/18 8:15p or Sunday 5/23 6:30p or Tuesday 5/25 8:15p 

Retreat options: At this time, we are offering (1) a single day retreat or (2) a three-part mini retreat experience spread over different days. Retreat offerings will provide an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on Confirmation. Retreat signup will come later. Capacity of each will be limited.

  • Single day retreat (details and timeframe TBA) Saturday 2/6.
  • Three-part retreat experience

Part 1 (~1hr):       Sunday 11/15 (2:30p) or Sunday 11/15 (7:45p) or Tuesday 11/17 (8:15p)

Part 2 (~1hr):       Sunday 12/6 (2:30p) or Sunday 12/6 (7:45p) or Tuesday 12/8 (8:15p)

Part 3 (~1hr):       Sunday 3/14 (2:30p) or Sunday 3/14 (7:45p) or Tuesday 3/16 (8:15p)

If the diocese provides additional options, we will update this list.

 

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 sponosr. Check these guidelines. Request a sponsor verificiation form by emailing Chris or Laura.  

                            

Upper classmen

For youth in grade 11 and 12, 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.”

 

Online Registration for all programs is now open.  Go HERE to access the registration form.