A REMINDER TO PARENTS!
Please do not line up in your cars near the sidewalks to pick up your children! This creates a dangerous situation for our youth who are coming and going. If your children are in Grades 1—5, please park your car and come into the building to pick them up. If they are in older grades, be sure you are parked in a parking space to assure safety as youth are meeting you.
Faith Formation Coordinator
Grades 1 – 5; First Sacraments
252-8761 Ext. 1420
Director of Youth Ministry
Grades 6-10; Confirmation
Call 252-8761 ext. 1411 or
Focus of Study by Grade
Faith Formation sessions for Grades One through Ten
Spark– Grades 1-5 Mondays 4:45-5:45pm OR
Ignite– Grades 6-7 Wednesday 6:30-7:45pm
Classes for grades 1-7 meet in St. Francis Xavier School
Flame– Grades 8-9 Wednesday 6:30-7:45pm (same dates as Gr. 6-7) (extended times for service evenings)
Blaze– Grade 10 Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm
Please see schedules for meeting dates for each grade level.
Parish Home Faith Formation Grades 1-7.
The home program is an option if the scheduled class times do not work for your family. A mandatory parent orientation will be held in September.
The Basic Focus of study is as follows:
Students are introduced to the basic teachings of the Catholic Church about the Blessed Trinity-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Students are introduced to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. During this year they, together with their families prepare for the celebration of these two sacraments. See First Sacraments for more information.
Students begin to explore what makes the Catholic Church special and what it means to be members of the Church community.
Students learn the foundations of moral decision-making by studying the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes.
Students explore how God continues to reveal God's self through sacramentals and the Sacraments, especially through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
During this year, our focus is on the Old Testament as the beginning of our own Christian story. By looking at God's relationship with Adam and Eve, the Patriarchs, and the Israelite people through time we come to see Jesus as the fulfillment of God's plan for salvation.
The students explore the person of Jesus in the New Testament. During this year students come to understand Jesus as the full revelation of God through his actions and words and continued presence in the Sacraments.
By studying Church History in broad sweeps of time, students gain a sense of the Holy Spirit guiding the Church throughout tie as we encounter growth and human struggles.
Making moral decisions is a part of life. During this course of study we seek to know more about God's call to lead good Christian lives. Students come to know the teachings of the Church that guide our lives as well as the tools the Catholic Church gives us to fulfill this call to discipleship. Topics such as reverence and respect for all , recognition that we are all created in the image of God and are meant to love and to be loved, as well as Catholic Social Teachings are explored.
Young people in 10th grade are invited to prepare for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. During this year, they review basic fundamentals of our faith and reflect on their commitment to live as a member of the Catholic Church. Through prayer, service, and study, they gain a broader perspective of parish life and what it means to be a disciple of Christ. See Confirmation for more details.