The goal of The Office of Youth Faith Formation is to foster a closer relationship with the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and to help children and teens grow in their faith within the larger parish community.
We offer a variety of program models to meet the diverse needs of the families in our parish, both in public and Catholic schools, and to provide opportunities for life-long spiritual formation and growth. Families select which program model best fits their style and needs. Please register using the REGISTRATION FORM and dropping it off at the Parish Office at St. Joseph Church.
Faith Formation K – 5th
Here at the Parish of the Assumption our faith formation program is built on the idea that the road to a faith filled life is best paved with the help of the whole community. In this philosophy we have developed several ways to help parents to grow their children in their love of God.
Our Classroom Model utilizes a more formal teaching setting where students are taught their faith by a volunteer catechist. Children are separated by grades and lessons are age appropriate and include prayer, key lessons, games, and activities. The sessions meet on Sundays roughly three times a month from September to April.
Our Family Model is a home-based formation where the families complete the books at home together. Once a month we gather as a community to share a meal and lessons revolving around a yearly theme. These themes cover key aspects of our catholic faith, such as the mass, the liturgical year, the sacraments, and important figures and messages from the Bible. Each monthly meeting will have planned activities and fellowship that will tie into the yearly theme and is appropriate for all aged children and parents.
Youth Ministry 6th– 12th
Finding a good balance of prayer, formation, and fellowship is the goal of the teen faith formation program. Kids in grades 6-12 can sign up for sessions through our regular faith formation registration.
We will meet on Sundays from 4:00 to 4:45 before the 5:00 Mass. Although families can choose whatever Mass they want to attend and 5:00 Mass is not required, our hope is that the teens will continue from the sessions to learn how to participate in the different liturgical ministries and serve at the 5:00 Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, and altar servers.
In addition, teens can participate in the monthly family model classes. Kids in grades 6-12 can come as part of their family group or come on their own to join us for games, small group discussions, and lessons once a month.