Nurturing spiritual growth in children, teens and their families
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, Do not stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” And he put his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.
What We’re About
There is no more important task within the Church than passing on the faith from one generation to the next. Parents are obviously the foundation. Our goal is to build on this foundation and create an environment that gives children the opportunity for spiritual growth by nurturing their appreciation and knowledge of their faith. We teach a curriculum that emphasizes Gospel values and the necessity of deepening our relationship with Jesus, the source and model for Christian life. Compassion and empathy for others is the most striking testimony of his life, and therefore a measure of discipleship. It is our objective that children embody Christian values into everyday life.
The underlying philosophy of our ministry stems from the Second Vatican Council to make faith, living, conscious and active. It is important that children be involved in the parish from an early age so that they acquire a consciousness of being an active member of our community. This involvement centers around the Sunday Liturgy, which should be part of the fabric of a child’s life, along with prayers, values, and works of charity that are taught at home.
When Do Classes Meet?
- Pre-K through 6th Grade
Classes meet on either Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.
- Junior High - Grades 7 & 8
Many students and their families attend our 6:00pm Sunday Mass right before the class.
- Youth Ministry - High School
Who Can Be a Catechist?
A catechist should be a person of faith, as well as a faithful member of the community. Catechists have a basic understanding of Church teaching, are able to communicate well with children, be willing to learn and should be able to follow a lesson plan.
Is There Training?
There are training opportunities offered throughout the year. The Director of Religious Education will meet with new catechists individually to ensure that they are comfortable going into the classroom.
What is a Catechist’s Time Commitment?
- Time outside of class to prepare your lesson
- Arrive 15 minutes before class to greet the children
(see classtimes above)
There are 20-21 classes in the school year, which meet September through April.
All classes are held in St. Hubert School.
For more information, contact Mike Keenan 847-885-7703.