Children & Teen Faith Formation
The Sunday Morning Religious Education Program is open to children aged 4 through High School. It meets in various locations at the parish from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. each Sunday as scheduled beginning the Sunday after Labor Day weekend and continuing to the Second Sunday in May when we conclude with a May Procession and Crowning in honor of Mary, Mother of the Church, as we also celebrate Mothers’ Day.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation (Penance, Confession) and Eucharist (First Communion) are celebrated in Grade 2. We strongly recommend that children register for Grade 1 so that they have more time to prepare for these high points in a child’s life.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in High School. We have a two-year High School Religious Education Program, which provides content on the Four Pillars of the Catholic Church (The Creed, Liturgy & Sacraments, Christian Morality, and Christian Prayer) as well as opportunities for more parish involvement by way of liturgical ministries training and outreach and service projects. Confirmation students are required to do 20 service hours annually with 10 of them directly related to parish projects. Each fall a Confirmation Retreat is held at Oblate School of Theology’s Mission Hall building.
Copies of Baptismal Certificates and other necessary documentation must be provided for all the sacraments.
Religious Education Program for Pre-K4 through High School takes place on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Our Lady of Grace uses Loyola Press “Christ Our Life” Parish Religion Series for Graces Pre-K to 8.
Our Lady of Grace Youth Group is open to all in Grades 6 – 12. The Noon Mass on the last Sunday of each month welcomes youth to participate in all the liturgical ministries. On another Sunday monthly there is a Youth Meeting from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as scheduled. There are service activities such as the Thanksgiving Food Drive, “Super” Bowl of Caring, Fun Day at St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home, as well as a Mission Visit and Bike Ride.
Pre-K 4 - God Made the World
(Children learn that God made living things, including people, holy things, the earth, and wonderful surprises. Some unique aspect of God’s creation is the focus of each chapter)
Kindergarten - God Loves Us
(Children explore God’s love as they are introduced to God’s goodness shown through words, actions, feelings, people, places and things. Learning, growing, sharing and celebrating provide the foundation of each chapter)
Grade 1 - God Is Good
(God loves us and wants us to be happy. He loves us so much that he gave his life for us on the Cross – Salvation)
Grade 2 - God Cares for Us
(God cares for us and is forgiving, kind and merciful to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God cares for us so much that he gives himself to us in the Eucharist. Children are preparation to receive First Reconciliation in Feb. and First Eucharist in May)
Grade 3 - We Believe
(Children begin to learn more of the truths of our Catholic Faith – the Creed – what do we believe and how must we live what we believe in our daily lives)
Grade 4 - God Guides Us
(God’s law of live is the Commandments – they teach us how to live our faith. Children leave too about the Beatitudes which guide how we live as God’s loving people)
Grade 5 - We Worship
(The concentration this year is on how we worship God though prayer – private and communal and especially through the public prayer of the Church in the Liturgy. Children learn the parts of the Mass – Gathering, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Sending Forth to live what we have celebrated)
Grade 6 - God Calls a People
(This grade learns about how God was with his People through the Old Testament through Moses and the prophets of old leading them and guiding them. Children are helped to see that God is still with us the Church, the People of God, leading and guiding us today)
Grade 7 - Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life
(The emphasis in this grade is on Jesus Christ. How is Jesus revealed to us in the New Testament especially in the gospels through his teaching, his preaching, his miracles and the parables. Who is Jesus for us today?)
Grade 8 - The Church Then and Now
(The eighth grade is introduced to a history of the church through the ages. They learn how the church is structured in its hierarchy, and that the church, being made up of humans, as well as being a divine institution, has faced challenges and difficulties – in the past as it does today – but that God has promised to be with his church to the end of the ages)
Confirmation 1 & 2
4 Modules are taught (two in Year 1 and two in Year 2 using the texts, The Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth (St. Mary’s Press)
- The Creed
- Liturgy and Sacraments
- Christian Morality
- Christian Prayer
In direct preparation for Confirmation – this class also uses the text “Confirmed in the Spirit” by Loyola Press