Religious Education & Youth Ministry
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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 Sundays in three separate sessions.
Session 1: 3 yr olds – 1st Grade (Meet 9:00am – 10:00am)
Session 2: 2nd Grade – 9th Grade (Meet 10:30am – 11:30am)
Session 3: H.D.R.E. (Meet 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
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)
This year, the middle school youth will have youth nights, weekend events such as a middle school lock-in, and will participate in the NET Ministries middle school retreat. Catholic fellowship with peers will be a key focus throughout the year, as well as scripture and service.
High School (Grades 9-12):
The high school youth will be focused on building a community in Christ by doing a variety of events throughout the year. Students will engaged in activities that focus on a deeper understanding of Scripture, Social Justice, and applications to their daily lives and interactions with their peers. Students will be given multiple opportunities to perform service for our local community as well as fellowship events where they can grow personal and spiritual relationships with their peers.