Children (K-8)

We offer a variety of Faith Formation programs to help your family grow together in love and understanding of God. Please click on the links below to see more information on each program:

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Meets Sundays during the 10am Mass, open year round to any children in grades K-6. Younger children are warmly welcome when accompanied by a parent or responsible older sibling.

During the Liturgy of the Word, kids meet downstairs in the hall with a teacher for an age-appropriate lesson on the Sunday readings. We have fun exploring and learning about God and our Catholic faith. Teachers relate the scriptures to kids’ lives at home and school to help them understand the readings. Weekly activity pages are also available at Children’s Liturgy of the Word or at the back of the church. This is an informal program; registration is not required.

 

Classroom Faith Formation

Weekly lessons for children in grades 1-6, meeting on Sunday mornings at St. Patrick’s Hall during the school year. Registration required.

Children are grouped into multi-age classes to meet the needs of our small community. Our talented volunteer catechists will teach children from two grades together, cycling through the two appropriate grade-level Be My Disciples books every other year. This program is designed for families who prefer a set schedule, and children will receive the irreplaceable blessings of exploring their faith in community with their friends and peers. Faith formation in the family setting is fostered through your choice of attendance at Family Gatherings, or engaging your children in short weekly activities from their books.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer classes for kindergarten, 7th grade, or 8th grade at this point in time.

Program Requirements:

  • Weekly Mass attendance
  • Weekly class attendance
  • 6 hours of supplemental activities, provided throughout the year

More Information:

 

At Home Faith Formation

Weekly lessons for children in grades K-8, taught in your own home during the school year, with occasional family gatherings at St. Patrick’s Hall. Registration is required.

This Faith Formation program is designed to work around your busy schedule. Using Be My Disciples, parents teach all of their children together a lesson based on a different theme each week. Each child uses their own grade level copy of the workbooks, containing age-appropriate material and activities related to the weekly theme. The Parent Guide ties it all together for you. Support and community with other families in the program is provided through four Family Gatherings hosted at St. Patrick’s throughout the year. Additional resources are offered through newsletters, email, and on Facebook to supplement the program. Through this program, we help parents give their children the gift of a well-grounded faith in the midst of their daily lives.

Program Requirements:

  • Weekly Mass attendance
  • Weekly classes taught at home
  • Weekly class attendance is tracked through online chapter review quizzes
  • 6 hours of supplemental activities, provided throughout the year

More Information:

 

A Special Note on 8th Grade

8th graders are eligible to begin the two-year preparation for Confirmation. This is a separate program from Faith Formation. Parents should register their 8th grade teens either for Confirmation or for Faith Formation, not for both. If you wish to wait to seek Confirmation for your teens at a later time for any reason, please register only for Faith Formation.

If your 8th grader has already been confirmed through RCIA, you have two choices. You may register your teen for At Home Faith Formation program. If you or your teen would prefer to have a faith learning community of peers, you may register your teen to join the Confirmation classes without seeking to repeat the sacrament itself. Confirmed teens will attend weekly classes, and will also be welcome at service events and retreats.

Find out more information about our Confirmation program by clicking here.