Youth Faith Formation

Register 

In addition to the above registration form, the electronic communications permission form and release of images and artwork form must be signed. This Archdiocesan requirement allows us to offer distant learning options and to post artwork that the youth create. Links for these forms are below. Please submit them to Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, via our drop box (outdoors by the church front door or indoors by the church office), our church office, or via email at lschelitzche@lumenchristicc.org.

Permission for Electronic Communications – form must be signed by parent/guardian.

Consent and Release for Use of Visual Likenesses and Original Works of Minors – form must be signed by parent/guardian.

 

If you have any questions after reviewing the following program descriptions, please contact:
Lynn Schelitzche

Director of Faith Formation
651-370-1616

Email

Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Ages 4 years through 4th Grade

Until further notice, in church, activities based on the weekly Gospel reading will be provided to enjoy in the pew or at home for preschool through early elementary children. Children’s Liturgy of the Word will also be provided online on our website’s homepage, where the Mass video is available, until we are in a better situation with COVID.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is offered during our 10:30 am Mass, October through April.  CLOW enables children ages 4 years old through 4th grade to enjoy the Sunday Gospel, prayer, and activities at their level. There is no prior registration or fee for participation.  Children are invited forward after the opening prayer at Mass.  They process out with their leaders and meet in the chapel or Community Room near the worship space.  They return just before preparation for Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Contact Lynn Schelitzche for more information, lschelitzche@lumenchristi.org.

Grades 1-5

Family Faith Formation

The most important factor for a child to grow up and keep their faith, is the practicing faith of the parents. Family faith formation provides opportunities for parents to hand on that faith. It seeks to help parents, as well as children, grow in their faith and relationship with God together. Family faith formation uses resources from Scripture, the catechism, stories of the saints, and liturgy, pulling together a very well-rounded lesson on all the topics.

Family faith formation meets monthly on select Sundays between the morning masses: 9:35-10:25am. A preparation story or video will usually be emailed in advance. Additional tips and an activity kit will be sent home with families to share before the next session.

Family Faith Formation Sundays for 2021-22 are 9:35-10:25am on September 19, October 31, November 21, December 19, January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24. Additional field trips and outings may be offered throughout the year. Meet in the Community Room.

 

Grades 6-8 

Encounter Bible Study

Encounter: Experiencing God in the Everyday is more than a Bible study program. I just finished previewing all the presentations and workbook and I am super excited about this Bible formation program. It far surpassed my expectations! I hope to get every middle schooler possible into this program as I know it will make a difference in their lives. It is truly a life-changing experience that speaks directly to the hearts and minds of middle-school-aged kids. Mark Hart—famous Bible Geek, great with youth, provides the presentations. The presentations are funny and energetic, provide great visual aids, and offer perfect content for this age. He provides an amazing grasp of the whole Bible, making great sense of the story of our faith history, in just eight sessions. As they are drawn into this story, the youth will come to a new and profound understanding of who God is. Most importantly they will see God not as a distant concept, but as the loving divine who desires a meaningful and lasting encounter with them. The workbook activities are perfect!  Mark Hart really knows how to make the Bible, and God, real and applicable to daily life. This will make a change in how the youth see themselves and their faith.

Youth in Grades 6-8 will meet at the same time as family faith formation—monthly on select Sundays between the morning masses, 9:35-10:25am. Each youth will receive their own Bible.

 Encounter middle school Sundays for 2021-22 are 9:35-10:25am on September 19, October 31, November 21, December 19, January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24. Meet in rooms as assigned.

 

Grades 9-10

Please see information about our monthly Sunday Discovery Nights here. https://lumenchristicc.org/youth-ministry/

 

Sacramental Preparation

Parish Policies for Sacraments

All families celebrating sacraments at Lumen Christi must be registered members of the parish. Children must be active participants in faith formation programs at Lumen Christi or be enrolled in a Catholic school, the year before AND the year in which they are to receive the sacrament. Children must attend weekend mass with family members on a weekly basis.

Infant Baptism class is offered monthly year-round, as well as an at-home version. Parents are encouraged to participate in class well in advance of the desired date of Baptism.  More information.

Most children celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in 2nd grade, but parents decide when their child is ready.  Some choose to wait until their child is older.  More information about this process.

Confirmation will be celebrated on May 7, 2022, at the Cathedral, for 8th grade and above. Preparation for Confirmation is in addition to regular attendance in the Lumen Christi Faith Formation program or at a Catholic School.  Program description.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for becoming Catholic. Those ages 7 or older prepare for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  Those who were Baptized in another Christian tradition may participate in a modified RCIA process to become Catholic.  Each person’s journey is unique, so we begin with a conversation about the individual’s situation.  The RCIA team welcomes no-strings-attached inquiries.  Please email Lynn for more information.

 

 

Resources for Families to Use at Home

Enjoy the 44 ideas for families from our Archdiocesan website.

I especially like children making a fancy dinner for parents, the links to three types of dances for the family to learn together, and the outline for creating a monastic schedule to your day for families (and it includes plenty of time for activity).  Click here.

 

Connected Families

This website offers the articles 4 Tips for Parenting During a Pandemic  and Keep Calm and Stay Connected to Your Teen Connected Families is a faith-based organization in Chanhassen that provides wonderful resources for families including webinars, articles, coaching, workshops, and books they have authored. At the time of this writing, they are also offering their Sibling Conflict Online Course for free. www.connectedfamilies.org

 

Create a Prayer Table with Your Children

A prayer table can be a step-stool, deep windowsill, end table, shelf, short dresser, small table, or hearth with a prayer cloth on it as the base. Symbols on it include finds from nature walks (creation), child’s artwork of Jesus and/or Mary, a cross, a plant or pot with seeds they plant, a battery-operated candle, a prayer book or Bible, a statue of a saint, and other symbols you invite your child to use as they look around the house.

A basket may be used on the prayer table to hold prayer cards the children make from copying scripture, such as: Your 3-6-year-old child may like to copy the following scripture. • Psalm 23:1 • Psalm 23:1-3 • Psalm 23:1-4 • “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” “Blessed are you among women; blessed is the fruit of your womb.” The 6-12-year-old child may copy verses of Psalms: • Psalm 43:1 • Psalm 51:15 • Psalm 18:3 • Psalm 124:8 • Psalm 121:1-2 • Psalm 58:10 • Psalm 17:8 • Psalm 3:5 • Psalm 51:10, the whole Hail Mary prayer, the whole Lord’s Prayer.

 

How to Tell Stories to Children

This is a book for parents on telling stories to your children. As you can see at the link, it has great reviews. One of the things that bonds families more than anything, and builds confidence in children, is parents telling stories to their children. Consider this book as a family gift to yourselves.

Order on Amazon:

How to Tell Stories to Children

 

If you have any questions please contact:
Lynn Schelitzche
Director of Faith Formation
651-370-1616
Email