ST. JOAN KIDS, TEENS, PARENTS & FAMILIES: TIME TO REGISTER FOR FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY!
BLESSINGS TO ALL OUR ST. JOAN CHILDREN, TEENS, PARENTS AND FAMILIES!
After another year of not-quite-back-to-normal, we were reminded that no matter what, God is with us, and nothing can stop His grace or His goodness! It is the greatest blessing of our lives to be able to share faith with wonderful families like yours – we truly have a wonderful faith family here at St. Joan of Arc!
And God’s work continues! We never stop learning and growing in faith – so let’s get ready for another fabulous year of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, where we are all about leading children, teens and families closer to Christ. Whether your family was registered with us last year, or you are new to our parish, or you are just now getting back into Faith Formation after the tough few years we have had, you are all so welcome and loved and let us share God’s love with each other!
On the following pages, please find registration materials for the upcoming school year – we look forward to continuing our journey in faith with all of you! And below please find information about all our programs, from kindergarten through high school seniors.
SJAKIDS: For children in grades K-5 and their parent(s)
This family-based program brings kids and parents together with other families to learn about our faith through Scripture, music, prayer, crafts, games and more! We offer three SJAKids sessions to choose from (maximum of 50 families per session, first come, first served):
- SUNDAY A: meets in the gym 8:45-9:55 a.m., right before the 10 a.m. Mass.
- SUNDAY B: meets in the gym 10:45-11:55 a.m., right before the 12 noon Mass.
- THURSDAY: meets in the gym 6-7:15 p.m.
We know that living our faith includes attending Sunday Mass—your family may of course attend any of our weekend Masses, but we do encourage our Sunday SJAKids families to attend Mass together right after their SJAKids session (and for our Thursday families to attend either the 10 a.m. or 12 noon Mass with other SJAKids families). But of course whatever Mass you attend is awesome!
Children preparing for FIRST RECONCILIATION and FIRST COMMUNION:
- are second grade or older
- have participated in SJAKids for at least a year prior to the sacrament year (i.e. it is a two year process)
- and during the second year, in addition to participating in SJAKids, children attend extra sessions with parents to prepare for the sacraments
EDGE: For our middle schoolers, 6th-8th grade
Our middle schoolers grow in faith together at EDGE, a dynamic youth ministry program with small groups that offers our middle schoolers the chance to discuss how our Catholic faith is relevant to their lives. EDGE will meet on Wednesdays, 6:50-8:30 p.m.
LIGHT: For our high school students, 9th-12th grade
Freshmen and sophomores and juniors and seniors all participate in LIGHT, a fabulous youth ministry program that helps our teens embrace our Catholic faith through small group discussion, retreats, service projects and more. LIGHT will meet on Mondays, 6:50-8:30 p.m.
If your teen absolutely, positively cannot attend LIGHT on Mondays, please shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – we do have a Sunday morning alternative to LIGHT called DONUTS, if we have enough parent volunteers to lead the group.
Confirmation: Teens interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are eligible to register for the program if they are a high school junior or senior AND have done the following:
- participated in LIGHT their freshman and/or sophomore years,
- attended one of our many retreats,
- and participated in community service (waived for 2022-23 Confirmation candidates, but we hope to again offer community service as part of LIGHT again next year, so this year’s freshmen and sophomores please plan on joining us for our service projects).
Those teens who have not been confirmed and will be a junior or senior this year should have already attended our Confirmation Information meeting in May. If you think you are eligible to be Confirmed and did not attend the Info meeting, or if you just have questions about the program or your teen’s eligibility, pleaseemail Gina Camp at email@example.com, or call Gina at 830-4720.
May God bless you all with a joyful and restful summer! And may your families be filled with the love of God that never stops, never ends, and wants to fill our lives with joy and grace. Alleluia!
Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing all of you in the fall!
Blessings, Mary, Gina, Beverly and Marie — your Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Team