St. Patrick Church's Faith Formation Program centers around St. Patrick Church's Mission Statement:
Love God Completely....Love Others Unconditionally....Make Disciples Intentionally.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, each phase of the faith formation program:
K-2nd grade: The Good Shepherd & Me
3-5th grade: Young Disciples
6-8th grade: Young Apostles
9-12th grade: Roundtable of SAinTS (Students Active in Thoughtful Service)
builds upon each other to enable children to join their church family and experience together, with both mind and heart, how to love God, love others, and become disciples on the move who change the world with acts of generosity and compassion for those in need.
Our faith formation program for K-5th grade children is based on an adapted version of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program. In this program, children gather in an atrium, a place of prayer, where the only Teacher is Christ and the Eucharist is central to the life of the atrium. Bible stories are proclaimed so that the words of the catechist do not impede the communication between God who speaks and God's children who listen. The program seeks to make known to children "what can be known about God" (Romans 1:19) by recounting the history of God's universal plan of salvation that continues to unfold today. By opening the Bible and experiencing the stories with materials that are simple and reverend, the children are able to see the unity between the Bible and how the message of God's love for all of us has been lived through the centuries in the celebration of the Eucharist (the Mass). As they journey with the Good Shepherd, the children not only come to know the love of the Good Shepherd who calls and knows them by name (John 10:3), but also come to know their divine identity as a follower of Christ, a young disciple learning how to live the Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-40)!
To register for our K-5 program please click the link below:
♥ Grades K-5 Registration ♥
6-8th Grade: Young Apostles
Our Young Apostles program is a three-year Confirmation preparatory program beginning in 6th grade. This program offers middle-school age teens the opportunity to explore, in a small group environment, why God has chosen them to be young apostles. A young apostle is one who is entrusted by God with a mission. To better understand this "mission," teens meet weekly with adult mentors and they spend time together with God studying the Bible and God's universal plan for salvation. They then study how this plan unravels in the mystery of the Mass by spending time with Christ at His Table (Mass) and connecting their studies with how the Mass is perhaps the most direct reflection of the life of a young apostle and all believers. In their final year of the program, teens solidify their understanding of what it means to be a young apostle and to "be" the Church as they prepare to receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout the entire program, the teens are guided by their mentors to intentionally and purposefully seek Christ in the Mass in order to listen for His voice as He entrusts each one of them with a mission to help their family, their church, and their neighbors. Young Apostles challenges teens to "live out" their calling to love God, love others, and change the world!
To register for Young Apostles please click the link below:
♥ Grades 6-8 Registration ♥
9-12th Grade: Roundtable of SAinTS
(Students Active in Thoughtful Service)
Our SAinTS program welcomes high school students to engage in Christian service opportunities that allow them to walk alongside and accompany those in need. In the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis said, "...we are called to care for the vulnerable of the earth.... to help the slow, the weak, or the less talented to find opportunities in life." (209) The group meets bi-monthly during the year. Guided by adults but led by teen leaders, high school students gather together to discuss where God is calling them to care for the vulnerable in our community. They then set out to be companions to those in need and then return to meet Jesus at the Table where they are nourished and strengthened to set out once again to be His instrument of love and mercy in the world.
To register for SAinTS please click the registration link below:
♥ SAinTS Registration ♥