This process offers religious formation for children from 3 years old through 3rd grade. Children are dismissed from the worship space before the Mass begins and return to join their families at the offertory.
While the adults are listening to the readings and the homily, the children are doing the same, but at their level of understanding. Then the Catechists break open the Word with the children through discussion or activities focusing on the teachings of the Church and how to live out our everyday lives as we follow Jesus' instruction.
Our process begins in September and is available throughout the year. Registration is held during late August and early September, but new families are invited to register any time. Families joining the process after registration will need to meet with a staff person to learn how to work with their children at home.
There is a charge for the materials: $45 for one child, $60 for two children, $75 for three or more children.
We recruit for new catechists four times a year and the availability of grade level sessions at each Mass is based on the number of people who come forward to share the Word with the children. Training is provided at the beginning of each quarter. (Winter Quarter – December, January, February; Spring Quarter – March, April, May; Summer Quarter – June, July, August; Fall Quarter – September, October, November). Remember all materials will be provided to you and you will be trained and teach with other catechists who have done this before. You will not be alone. Please pray about this and step up if you can. Call the office and ask for Bev Smith.
3 Year Old, 4 Year Old and Pre-Kindergarten Programs
These drop-in programs are provided to begin to familiarize children with the Liturgy of the Word. The children work with the Gospel story, do a fun activity and have prayer time.
Please drop children off before Mass downstairs in room 101 or 102 and pick them up in the Gathering space after the Homily. The program is held throughout the year.
The availability of classes is based on the number of people who come forward to share with the youngest members of our community. Training is held before the beginning of each quarter. All materials and lesson plans are provided.
Children can join the sessions at any time throughout the year. There is no charge for these sessions.