Most Sundays, during the school year, at 10:30 Mass children in preschool through 3rd grade are invited to hear the Gospel of the Sunday proclaimed from a children’s Bible and to explore its meaning in their everyday lives. Please send your child to the front of church at Father’s invitation. They will be led by trained facilitators in the chapel (preschool and kindergarten) or Community Room (grades 1-3). Children will return to their families after the Prayers of the Faithful. Please watch carefully to help your child find you. No registration is needed. (Not offered holiday weekends, MEA, Christmas, MLK, President’s Day weekend, Palm Sunday or Easter.)
Teen and adult volunteers are needed to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word once every 4-6 weeks. The lesson plans are provided. All adult volunteers must complete the “Essential Three”: background check, VIRTUS training, and code of conduct.
Students in grades 1-8 who attend a public, private or charter school meet most Sundays Sept-May 9:00 – 10:15 for classes that provide the foundational formation for participation in the Church community, prayer, service, and knowledge of faith. We use Finding God in All Things from Loyola Press. Seasonal family gatherings for prayer, breakfast, service and celebration are planned and led by parents with the assistance of staff. Please pre-register for these classes.
Pass It Forward! Become a Catechist!
Fifty to 100 children and young people, grades 1 through 8, are signing up this fall to learn more about Jesus and the Catholic faith. You can help them learn and grow by becoming a catechist for Faith Formation. With classes offered Sunday mornings before the 10:30 AM mass, you will find that this time conveniently fits your schedule. As you nurture the faith of our youth, you will learn and grow as well! As one long-time catechist put it, “I learn so much from the children!” We provide you with training, materials, lesson plans, support, and much appreciation. It all begins in September. The initial catechist training is Sunday, September 8. Classes begin Sunday, September 15, with the Blessing of Catechists following at the 10:30 AM mass. Come have tea or coffee with me to view the materials, see how easy and fun it is with the lesson plan outlines I will provide you, and to discuss how it works. Bring a friend. If people work in pairs, you are leading about ten sessions per year and supporting one another for the other ten sessions. Adults, teens, parents, grandparents, teachers, those thinking about trying something new in life, those who enjoy learning, disciples on the journey—you are all invited to enter this transformative and fulfilling ministry. If interested in learning more about joining the 2,000-year-long line of catechists, contact Lynn Schelitzche at email@example.com or 651-698-5581 x303.
All sacramental preparation is a joint effort with families, faith formation classes, school religion classes and immediate preparation activities in the year before the child celebrates sacraments.
Infant Baptism class is offered monthly year-round. Every other month the class is held at St. Thomas More Catholic Community. 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 is celebrated during the Easter season, normally in 8th grade. The immediate preparation for Confirmation builds on regular religion classes at a Catholic School or on Sunday morning Faith Formation classes. Program description.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process whereby those ages 7 or older prepare for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Those who were Baptized in 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.
If you have any questions please contact:
Director of Faith Formation
651-698-5581, ext. 303