Youth Ministry FAQ for Parents

Faith Formation is the passing on and sharing of the Catholic Faith. It is the lifelong ongoing growth in the knowledge and experience of God through a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Registration

Each year in May, the Faith Formation office sends out a registration form with an initial deadline of June 30 for completion and submission. Current fee for Faith Formation is $40 for the first child and $30 per child after that.

FAQ

What is Youth Ministry?

Our Mission: To inspire our youth to grow in the knowledge of the Faith and develop an active Christian life.

We use texts published by Sadlier: the “We Believe” program for grades K-6, the “Ascension Press Video Series” for grades 7-9, and the “DecisionPoint Confirmation Video Series” for grade 10.

The curriculum is circular in nature, with topics meant to be understood in a deeper way each year. As each year’s understanding builds on previous years, this presupposes that students participate each year and do not skip years needlessly.


What is Children's Liturgy?

The Children’s Liturgy takes place during 11:30 Mass from the end of the opening prayer until the presentation of the gifts. Session facilitators will lead the children in a lesson that mirrors the Gospel at their level. This is intended for children ages 4-6.


When Can My Child Start Faith Formation?

Children are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 11:30 Mass when they are 4 years old. Session facilitators will lead the children in a lesson that mirrors the Gospel at their level.

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What are my Responsibilities while my Child is in Faith Formation?

Attend the Weekly Eucharistic Celebration. An integral part of the process is the learning and understanding of the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass); its history, its various parts, and its importance in the life of the Catholic Christian. In this light, it is imperative that families participate weekly in the celebration of the Eucharist. This is not only an important tenet of our Catholic Faith, your child will not understand what they learn about in class without this experience.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. We encounter the Risen Jesus in both Word and Sacrament (the Readings and Communion), and in turn Jesus commissions us, as he did his Apostles, to serve God and each other.


Can My Child Participate in Liturgical Ministry?

A result of our Youth Ministry program is to empower our youth to engage actively in our liturgical ministries.

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What is the Christian Leadership Institute?

The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) offers a [#-DAY?] opportunity for Christian leadership development through an intensive period of learning, prayer, and community living.

The Institute is designed for young people in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school (minimum age 15) who are now involved or preparing for a leadership role in their parish, school, or community. Two youth per parish may attend. Participants MUST be mature, focused, and able to take direction as well as contribute to the group learning. They must be knowledgeable about their faith and willing to grow in their understanding of the role their faith plays in daily life and decisions.

The goal of the Institue is to foster the leadership potential of each individual. This not only occurs through the learning of technical skills but together with our call as disciples of Jesus to be a voice for the voiceless, hope for the hopeless, and light for all people.

The staff of the Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, & Family Life (OECFL) sponsors CLI twice yearly. A winter CLI is held during February break at the Adirondack Center in Johnstown. A summer CLI is held the week following high school graduation at the Pyramid Life Center in Paradox, NY.

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What is SALT?

SALT stands for Service Action Learning Teams. For the Hebrew people, salt symbolized hospitality, durability, and purity.