This program provides for the continuing faith formation of children from first through eighth grade. Within this context, children prepare to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist. (Children who are seven years and older who desire the Sacrament of Baptism are prepared through a parallel but different process: see the Children’s Catechumenate.)
The primary grades expand on the Early Childhood experience and continue to help the children grow in their relationship with Jesus through Scripture stories, life experiences, faith-building activities, and doctrinal content.
In Second Grade, the children are prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. As part of their formation, the parents gather for an evening of reflection on reconciliation.
In January, the Second Grade students are formally recognized by the worshipping community as candidates for First Eucharist. All of our Second Graders and their parents come together again in February for a Bread Celebration wherein they, again, reflect on Eucharist and receive information relevant to the actual celebration of First Eucharist.
In all of our grade levels, we use a spiral approach to learning our Catholic faith. The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
These values are taught and developed on every grade level every year. Each year the students, with the direction of their Catechist, build upon and reinforce what they have previously learned in other grade levels. This results in age-appropriate learning on all topics of our faith.
In the Fifth Grade, we offer an Advent Faith Experience for the students and their families who come together as a community of disciples to prepare for the feast of Christmas. This is generally planned for mid to late November and the students are then excused from the classes before Christmas.
The Sixth Grade culminates their year with a Faith First Bowl wherein they are challenged, in an oral quiz format, to recall information learned in Sixth Grade.
The Seventh Graders explore the life and message of Jesus in the four Gospels with emphasis on understanding and praying the Scriptures. The students are also introduced to the writings of St. Paul and other New Testament letters. As part of their preparation for Confirmation, each Seventh Grade student completes a “Jesus Project” wherein they depict some aspect of the life of Jesus in an art or literary form. The Seventh Graders participate in a May Commitment Service in which they begin their preparation for Confirmation.
The Eighth Grade students are immersed in their immediate preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. They complete their service hours, develop a Saint report, enjoy several special speakers, and participate in Spirit Day (a retreat-like experience sponsored by our Youth Ministry). A clearer understanding of Christ’s Church unfolds as the students learn how followers of Jesus take on the responsibility of continuing Christ’s work on earth through Christian service.
Students at every grade level are provided the opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate by participating in their grade-level Advent and Lenten projects and preparing lunches for The Port on any given Sunday.