Education: Children, Youth & Families
We are excited this summer to offer two new programs for the children and youth of our community. See below for more information and registration forms.
Totus Tuus is a summer catechetical program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. "TOTUS TUUS" was a motto of Blessed John Paul II that means "Totally Yours." The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people develop their relationship with Jesus Christ and strive to become saints! The program calls upon college students and seminarians from across the United States to carry out this mission. Those hired are trained and put onto teams of four (two men and two women) to go out into a parish for a week, putting on a "parish mission" in order to teach the faith and inspire the young. A Totus Tuus teacher helps to make the faith real to the youth as a way of life and love and not simply a set of rules and obligations, while growing in his or her own life of discipleship.
- Children entering Kindergarten through Sixth grade meet Monday through Friday from 9 am until 2:30 pm (July 16-20).
- Youth entering Seventh through Twelfth grade meets Sunday through Thursday from 7 pm until 9:15 pm (July 15-19).
More information can be found by clicking here. The registration form can be found below (or in the kiosks at church).
Girls are achieving remarkable successes in today’s world. Even though many hurdles continue to exist for females, they are able to overcome their challenges and soar. They also know how to give of themselves to others. Come join other middle school girls in exploring many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationship, explore the local community and the global world. We include writing, art projects, movement, sharing and playfulness in learning how to be great.
The program meets the week of August 6-10 from 9 am to 3 pm.
More information can be found by clicking here. The registration from can be found below (or in the kiosks at church).
Religious Education Classes
We recognize and affirm that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children in the Catholic faith. We believe that religious faith formation occurs within the family and a worshiping community. The religious education classes are here to reinforce those teachings and to build-up and support the family faith journey. Our program uses the Diocese of Superior guidelines for religious education as the basis for learning our Catholic Faith. In conjunction with these guidelines, we also use the Be My Disciples textbook and online resources.
Classes for children in grades 1 through 8 are during the school year (From September through April) on most Wednesdays from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. To register your student(s) for the 2017-18 school year please download, complete, and sign the Registration Form, the Youth Image and Likeness Release Form, the Safe-Environment form, and return with applicable registration fees to the Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation at the parish.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children ages 3 through 6 are invited to participate in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program located in our atrium (in the lower level of the church). The children learn about our Catholic faith through a hands-on approach using the Montessori method. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meets in the atrium on most Sundays from October through April during the 10:00 a.m. mass.
Children typically prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during their second year of faith formation; this is accomplished through a combination of parish-based and home-based learning. It is recommended that children preparing for sacraments have attended religious education classes for one full year prior to receiving the sacraments.
It is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation that we become friends again and turn toward our loving, merciful God. A period of reflection and preparation is required for all students making their first Reconciliation. The sacrament is then celebrated in early December.
Eucharist is the source and summit for living as a child of God. The parent and candidate retreat through several gatherings; First Eucharist celebrated in April.
Home-style family meals, open to everyone in the parish, are served in the parish hall most Wednesday evenings of Youth Faith Formation classes. A $5 donation ($3 for smaller appetites) is suggested and includes an entree, salad, dessert and beverage! When known in advance, menu appears in the bulletin.
Confirmation strengthens and deepens baptismal grace through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Candidates begin preparation in high school. Preparation includes weekly classes, companionship of a Sponsor, Liturgical and Christian Service hours, and a Confirmation retreat.
School-aged youth have the opportunity to learn the Catholic tradition of the rosary by creating rosaries from simple cord and beads. Completed rosaries are then sent to missions around the world. Annually, this has amounted to over 100 rosaries! Rosary Club meets monthly in the parish hall immediately after youth faith formation classes; check the calendar for Rosary Club dates.
Altar Servers assist the priest and deacon throughout various liturgies and bring the assembly into a fuller understanding of the liturgy and a greater love of God. Boys and girls 4th grade through 12th grade are welcome and encouraged to participate in this ministry.
Please contact the Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation at 715-356-6284, ext 5 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get involved.