Children & Youth Faith Formation
Your Partner in Nurturing the Faith of your Child
As parents, some of the most important things to you are raising children who are kind, who help others, and who joyfully pursue a life full of love.
As people of faith, you strive to model for your children how to know God’s love, how to have a strong relationship with Jesus, and how to live out the call to serve others.
Every family is unique and has a different story. Every family is welcome here.
The Faith Formation Team at St. Patrick – St. Anthony is here to support you in the noble, fulfilling, and, yes, sometimes exhausting efforts of Christian family life.
We listen first and walk with you on this journey. Our goal is to partner with you in nurturing the mustard seed of faith in each child, walk with you to prepare and celebrate the sacraments, and to provide a foundation that our children need to lead a life of faith.
It is our goal to meet you exactly where you are, with open hearts and open minds.
All are welcome in this place.
What are your Faith Formation Questions?
If you’re new here or have questions about your child’s Faith Formation, please reach out and we would love to chat with you about anything that’s on your mind.
Preschool Faith Formation:
for children ages 3, 4, and 5
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 for ages 3-5 CGS is an experiential religious education based on nurturing the child’s relationship with God. In the CGS space, a specially prepared environment called the “atrium,” children come to know Jesus through their hands-on work with specialized materials. CGS is: hands on faith formationbased on the…
Elementary Faith Formation
We offer three options – read about our three choices for faith formation for elementary age students and choose what’s best for your family. Do you have questions about the three options? Contact Deb Pelletier, Coordinator of Religious Education at [email protected]
CGS is an experiential religious education based on nurturing the child’s relationship with God. In the CGS space, a specially prepared environment called the “Atrium,” children come to know Jesus through their hands-on work with specialized materials. CGS is: hands on faith formationbased on the Montessori methodcentered on knowing Jesus and building the child’s relationship…
Traditional Religious Education classes are held for children in Grades 1-6 weekly during the academic year. Catechists integrate group discussions, readings, activities, and prayer. For the 2021 / 2022 school year, the Traditional Program has moved to an online format.
The Family Program involves the whole family; families meet together with other families monthly during the academic year both in a large group and in break-out sessions to grow together in faith by learning about liturgical themes and seasons, sacraments, music, and Christian family life. Families also participate in community service projects with local organizations.
First Communion Preparation
All three elementary programs come together for First Communion Preparation.
Read more about our program below.
The children from all three Elementary Religious Education programs (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the Family Program, and the Traditional / Online Program) come together to prepare for First Communion. Our program Our approach to preparing children to receive First Communion focuses on nurturing our relationship with God, and thinking about how thankful we are…
Middle School: 7th and 8th Grade Program
The 7th & 8th Grade Ministry at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church meets twice a month on Sundays with Catholic middle school students to help them better understand Catholic teaching and liturgy. They also explore social justice issues and provide service to the parish community. Guest speakers are invited to discuss appropriate topics.
Confirmation at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish is held each year for high school students who have completed a two-year Confirmation program. Typically, candidates enter the first year of Confirmation preparation in the Ninth Grade, and are confirmed near the end of Tenth Grade. The candidates participate in ninety-minute preparation classes twice a month and have…
Volunteer Ideas for Families
Volunteer Ideas for Families with Children food security ministries donate hats & gloves Make hats & gloves donate personal care items Would you like to raise children with compassion who want to get involved and make a difference? You don’t have to wait until they are older to volunteer! We have many ideas for how…