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Ministries of Education

Faith Formation and Religious Education

Sharing knowledge of our faith and helping others grow in the understanding of what we believe is one of the primary missions of our parish. 

If you wish to become involved in these special ministries, contact the parish office.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

The kindergarten through sixth grade classes (including preparation for First Communion) meet either Saturday afternoon or Sunday mornings before Mass. Volunteer positions in this ministry include Catechist, Classroom Aide, Substitute, Office Help, etc.  New teachers are paired with seasoned catechists whenever possible. A Safe Environment Class and criminal background checks are required. Open to  adults and youth above 7th Grade.

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS is a week-long summer program of religious education for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The multitude of volunteer opportunities include Catechist, Aide, Music, Crafts, Snacks, etc.     Volunteer posiitons are open to  adults and youth above 7th Grade. A background check and Safe Environment Training class are requiredof volunteers over the age of 18.

INFANT BAPTISM TEAM

During two evening classes taught every other month, these catechists help prepare parents and godparents for the baptisms of their children. Training and support is provided. Open to adults who have celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 CONFIRMATION TEAM

This Ministry Team assists Fr. Matthew O’Leary in preparing our high school students for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The classes are scheduled on Sunday afternoons. Training is provided and a criminal background check is required. Open to adults who have celebrated Confirmation.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN  INITIATION OF ADULTS  (RCIA)

The RCIA is the year-around process of welcoming individuals into the sacramental life of the Church.  Volunteers serve either as a member of the RCIA Team or as a sponsor assigned to a particular catechumen or candidate. The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings for a two hour session and for “Breaking Open the Word” during a weekend Mass. A criminal background check is required. Open to adults only.

 YOUTH MINISTRY TEAMS

Under the direction of the Parish Youth Ministers, these two Youth Ministry Teams (one for Jr Hi, one for Sr Hi) create exciting opportunities for youth to grow in their faith while having fun and building community. Each Youth Group meets almost every week of the school year and three or four times a year for weekend events. Adult volunteers serve as facilitators, role models, and chaperones. A criminal background check is required. Open to adults.

SMALL GROUP FACILITATOR

Provides opportunities to study and share of our Catholic Faith in small groups. (See also “Small Communities of Faith”) Volunteers use approved materials to facilitate the weekly gatherings. Guidance and support provided. Open to adults.

 PARISH LIBRARY

Our Parish Library volunteers maintain a wonderful collection of books and make them available for checkout by members of the parish. These volunteers catalogue and organize a variety of books that are of spiritual or religious interest to our parishioners.

 
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