Religious Education & Youth Ministry
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To register for St. Thomas Aquinas’ Religious Education Program, please go to the Front Office on Religious Education Sundays at any time between 8:30 – 11:30AM.
Religious Education (3 yr olds – 9th grade)
These classes are taught in the basement of St. Toms. These classes are instructed by qualified catechists that have gone through the Diocese mandated Child Safety Conduct training. Classes meet on Sunday mornings in two seperate sessions.
Session 1: 3 yr olds – 1st Grade (Meet 9:00am – 10:00am)
Session 2: 2nd Grade – 9th Grade (Meet 10:30am – 11:30am)
Hi-Definition Religious Education
Hi-Definition Religious Education (HDRE) is a faith-filled course that illustrates the vibrancy of the Catholic tradition, while providing more content for those who want to delve deeper into our Catholic Faith. Using the Midwest Theological Forum’s new Didache Series, the students will cover topics ranging from Faith and Revelation to Church History. Each year, an entire topic will be taught. Since there are 8 topics, an entire rotation will take eight years to complete. With only 25 seats available, only the first 25 students who register will be able to take the class. Be sure to sign-up before all of the seats are filled!
The courses are as follows:
- Faith and Revelation: Knowing God through Sacred Scripture (2017 -2018)
- The Blessed Trinity: And Our Christian Vocation (2018 – 2019)
- The Mystery of Redemption: And Christian Discipleship (2019 – 2020)
- The Church: Sacrament of Salvation (2020 – 2021)
- The Sacraments: Source of Our Life in Christ (2021 – 2022)
- Our Moral Life in Christ (2022 -2023)
- Understanding the Scriptures (2023 – 2024)
- The History of the Church (2024 – 2025)
The Policy of the Lafayette Deanery states:
“Students preparing for a Sacrament must have attended a Catholic School or Parish Religious Education Program the preceding year.”
Reconciliation and First Communion (2nd Grade)
Students are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion during the 2nd Grade year. Students attend the First Reconciliation retreat in November and receive the Sacrament prior to the start of Advent. Students attend the First Communion retreat in March/April and receive First Communion during the Easter season (April/May).
Confirmation (9th Grade and Above)
The confirmation class meets 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday mornings, and prepares the students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. A major focus is Christ’s love and the beauty of the Catholic Church. Parents and Sponsors are encouraged to be active participants in the Confirmation preparation program.
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
The middle school youth ministry provides an opportunity for youth in grades 6 – 8 to grow in fellowship, community, and faith at weekly meetings. Service opportunities and retreats are also utilized to form stronger relationships with God and each other.
High School (Grades 9-12):
The high school youth ministry provides an opportunity for youth in grades 9 – 12 to form a deeper relationship with God through community and fellowship. There will be opportunities to serve others with service projects, as well as become more engaged in our Catholic Faith through discussions and various activities concerning the pillars of our Faith. Fellowship events will also occur to further deepen our bonds of fellowship, such as a trip to Exploration Acres and a cookout at Happy Hollow.
Both youth ministries meet weekly on Thursday nights, middle school at 6:30-7:30PM, and high school at 7:30-9:00PM.
This Year’s Interns
Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Tiffany Hunsinger
Coordinator of Religious Education: Jessica Devine
Elementary School Intern: Bess Fary
Middle School Intern: Julia Kuhn
Confirmation Intern: Hannah Rugenstein