This year we are using the book “Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth” and the
program Total Catechesis for our students in 9th & 10th grade. These programs are resources that nurture both an understanding of the Catholic faith and an experience of living the Catholic faith. The design of the programs reflects key elements of Catholic identity in both its content and structure. It is developed around key themes of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. In addition, the programs also empower teens with the skills to live their Catholic faith today. The programs utilize four different approaches.
In the Teaching approach, teens will explore key themes of the Catholic faith that include the sacramental life of the Church, the cycle of the liturgical year, the rich store of Catholic social teachings and the support received in being a part of a caring Christian community. We will have a presentation on Dating
The Service approach engages teens in living out the Gospel call to service through concrete action projects. This years service projects include St. Ben’s, St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive, Mission Trip and the Haiti Parish Connection Project. Overnight service Immersion retreats will also be offered.
The Prayer and Worship approach provides opportunities for teens to experience a variety of prayer experiences and to develop their own prayer life. A special teen Mass takes place prior to class on most sessions.
Through the Community approach, teens will discover the value of belonging to a caring Christian Community through social events and activities offered throughout the school year.
Lifelong Faith Formation sessions are required of all students attending public high school as a prerequisite for Confirmation in the 11th or 12th grade