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)

Parent Calendar 2017 – 2018

Sacramental Prep

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.

Youth Ministry

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.

Both youth groups meet every Thursday. Middle School meets 6:30-7:30pm and High School meets 7:30-9:00pm.

For more information, please contact email or check out our Facebook page at STYMi – St. Tom’s Youth Ministry for upcoming events.

Main Events 2017-18

  • First STYMi Night of the Year
    September 7 – Happy Hollow Park
  • First Day of Religious Education + Parent Meeting
    September 10 – Parent Meeting in Newman Hall
  • Adoration Sunday
    October 29 – During RE classes
  • First Reconciliation
    November 18 – 9-11am
  • Diocesan Youth Mass
    November 26 – 7pm
  • Final RE Class for Fall 2017
    December 3
  • First RE Class for Spring 2018
    January 14
  • Adoration Sunday
    February 11 – During RE classes
  • Confirmation Mass
    April 22 – At 11am Mass
  • Last RE Class for Spring 2018
    April 22
  • First Holy Communion Mass
    May 6 – At 11am Mass
  • Vacation Bible Camp
    June 4-8