Children’s Formation / Middle School Youth Ministry

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Office of Faith Formation

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL IN PERSON RESOURCES ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Welcome!

The mission of the Office of Faith Formation at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is to provide empowerment and resources to the families of our faith community toward the goal of forming the next generation of strong Catholic Christians.

Parents are the first and most important teachers of the Faith

Saint John Paul II – Familiaris Consortio (1981) paraphrased

How We Serve:


FAITH FORMATION FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Grades Kindergarten through 6th

We will be using the Alive in Christ curriculum that we would use in our classroom setting. We will be providing those materials to you in physical form and as an online resource to present to your children in your homes.

We do not have an option for in-person faith formation at this time.

Each week, you and your child will be asked to complete a predetermined portion of the curriculum. We ask that you turn in each completed assignment to the parish office so that we can properly track participation. Regular weekly participation is requested so as to keep our children in the rhythm of Faith Formation in advance of us being able to once again meet in person.

We will have experienced catechists available to you to assist you should you have difficulties with any of the topics that are presented.

Jill Austin, our parish Music Director, will also be providing music that you can share with your children based on the readings of the week as an optional supplement to the curriculum.

Sylvia Valdivia will be providing an artistic activity based on the curriculum and/or the readings of the weekend as an additional optional supplement to the curriculum.

Registration is available at this link


Middle School Grades 7 and 8

We will meet every other Sunday afternoon for 2 hours using the Zoom video conferencing platform. These virtual meetings will be a mix of catechesis and youth ministry.

We do not have an option for in-person middle school ministry at this time.

Registration is available at this link


High School Grades 9 through 12

We will meet every other Sunday afternoon, alternating with grades 7-8, for 2 hours using the Zoom video conferencing platform. These virtual meetings will be formatted to be strictly youth ministry.

We do not have an option for in-person high school ministry at this time.

Registration is available at this link


First Eucharist / First Reconciliation Preparation

Children in at least the 2nd grade wishing to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation this Spring will be asked to fully participate in their respective grade level curriculum. In the new year, we will be offering a series of family catechesis events to more formally prepare for the reception of the Sacraments. Whether those events will occur online or in person has yet to be determined.

Registration is available at this link


Confirmation Preparation

Youth in at least the 9th grade wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Spring will be asked to participate in a series of 4 one-day retreats spread out over both the Fall and Spring. The retreats for the Fall will be offered via Zoom with the Spring events still to be determined. Specific information related to this process will be provided to those that register for the Sacrament preparation.

Registration is available at this link


Nursery for children up to age 4
Sunday – 8:30am – 1:00pm – Parish Hall
UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19
In order to assist parents in their own faith formation, we offer a nursery during the two Sunday Masses for children up to age 4. During their time in the nursery, the children will participate in age appropriate activities that support their learning of the Catholic faith through songs, crafts, and story time.

The nursery is offered at no charge and per-registration for this resource is not required.


Pre-K / Kindergarten “Children’s Church”
Sunday – 9:00am and 11:30am – Parish Hall
UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19
The children will be called forward to meet their catechists at the beginning of Mass and will proceed to the parish hall where they will take part in a age level specific Liturgy of the Word before returning to the sanctuary at the offertory.

The Faith Formation registration process and fees are applied to this resource.


Elementary Faith Formation (Grades 1 – 6)
Sunday – 10:15am – 11:15am – Parish HallUNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19
The children meet in grade specific groups with dedicated volunteer catechists. Our parish utilizes the Alive in Christ curriculum from Our Sunday Visitor as well as activities and content developed by the team at SEAS.

The Faith Formation registration process and fees are applied to this resource.


Middle School Youth Ministry (Grades 7-8)
Sunday – 10:15am – 11:15am – Parish HallUNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19
The teens meet as a large group with a team of dedicated volunteer catechists. Our team utilizes several different resources including, but not limited to, T3: The Teen Timeline by Ascension Press , Ascension Presents: Father Mike Schmitz, and other activities and content developed by the team at SEAS.

In addition to the Sunday large group meetings, the teens will also gather at other times for service and social opportunities that may be held in the surrounding community.

The Faith Formation registration process and fees are applied to this resource.