Below is a small description of each of our programs that are available for our Youth.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – (CLOW)Is offered during the 10AM Sunday Mass most Sundays with the exception of liturgical holidays. Children’s Liturgy introduces children to both the structure of liturgical worship and participation in worship so they grow in their understanding and love of God. At the beginning of Mass, children are called forward and dismissed with a catechist to participate in the Liturgy of the Word. The children return to Mass during the offertory to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. No registration is required. Children ages Kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome to participate.
Sunday School – Parents promise at their child’s baptism to raise their child in the practice of the faith, to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and our neighbor. Sunday School is a Religious Education program for our youngest children. This ministry is a fun, Christ-centered, hour-long program that takes place during the 10AM Mass. Each week a different age appropriate Bible story is introduced. Catechists use books, crafts, and music to enhance the weekly lesson. Any child who will be three or four years old or in kindergarten before September 1st may participate in this ministry. Registration is held each spring for the upcoming school year. Classes run September through May.
Religious Education – The mission of the program is to ignite in our children a spark that will lead them to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. To do this, we offer children reflections of God’s love, share stories about the impact God has made in our lives, and help them echo God’s Word as they live out each day. Children study the basic beliefs of our Catholic faith. This program is open to children in 1st through 8th grade. Registration is held each spring for the upcoming school year. Classes run September though May. “Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.”Catechism of the Catholic Church #2226
Vacation Bible School (VBS) – Is a week-long summer camp for children ages 4 through 5th grade. Music, crafts, Scripture, prayer, and play are all important components of this lively VBS experience. Kids love this program because it’s so fun! Registration is held each spring and space is limited.
As with all our religious education programs, we depend upon the talents and efforts of volunteers from the parish community to provide these wonderful opportunities for our children to grow in faith.
Please consider being a volunteer for any of our Youth or Adult Programs!