2020-2021 Program Overview


 Grades 1-5




Why Family Centered Faith Formation is better: With A Family of Faith, families come together regularly — growing in relationship with one another and learning the truths of the Catholic Faith and how to apply them in their lives. In the parish and at home parents and children have the opportunity to build strong relationships through discussion and reflection on topics that matter in their lives.

The home becomes the place of deep learning as families desire to follow Jesus more closely. Families are introduced to the spiritual treasures of the home, the domestic church. Parents can learn and share with their children practices such as grace before meals, reading and praying with Scripture, and learning about the lives of the saints. All these are included in the monthly Our Catholic Home feature in the parent guide.

So what does this mean for parents and their children? Children and their parents gather once a month for a lesson on the same topic taught to each at their own level. Children meet by grade level with a Catechist, the parents meet with Father Suarez, Valerie Byrnes or another guest presenter. For the rest of the month, home lessons are completed together as a family. The classroom and the home will work from the same activity book that each child will use at home and in school. The materials are the same for all grades so for families with mulitple children there is no need for separate lessons . note due to COVID restrictions until further notice we will only be offering the monthly class to parents. All student lessons will be taught at home by the parents with Catechists remote support.

Family Home Lessons

  • Enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith.
  • Enable parents to customize amount of time and kinds of activities to suit their family's needs and interests
  • Include easy-to-use games, activities and worksheets.
  • Take approximately one hour per week to complete.

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The children learn that Jesus is always with us and that He calls us to conversion through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and Penance. The children then learn how Jesus gives himself to us through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. In the Sacred Communion we live the experience of our catholic faith.

Our objective is that the children understand Jesus’ love for each of us through the sacraments so they are fully prepared to receive them. We also strive to continue to strengthen our Christ-centered parish community through other family-centered programs.

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While Confirmation is held in the 8th grade year, all three years of our middle school program are vital preparation for this sacrament. Each year's themes work together as a whole in helping young people understand the beauty and truth of the faith, the value the faith has to them personally, and the role God calls each of them to as maturing members of the Catholic Church.

GRADE 6  The students will learn about God's covenant with his people. Through the Old Testament biblical stories, the students learn that this covenant is complete and fulfilled in Jesus as God's Son.

Our objective is that the students are proficient at using the Bible, understand that our faith is biblically based and are engaged in learning about their faith.

Each student receives a Catholic Youth Bible that is theirs to keep and will be asked to bring it with them to class throughout grades 6,7 & 8.

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GRADE 7  note for the 2020- 21 school year only we will not be offering a 7th grade class. After learning God's plan for Salvation in 6th grade, the 7th grade students will learn to connect this Paschal Mystery to the Mass. They look more deeply at the Mass, will discuss more details about Christ’s ministry and develop respect for themselves and others using the acclaimed Ascension Press program, Altaration. Later in the year they will delve into more personal meditations and discussion about who God is in their lives through chosen YDisciple lessons on Formed.org

Our objective is that the students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Mass and grow in their understanding and love for Christ Jesus. We also seek to help them better understand themselves as children of God worthy of love and respect and created for a purpose driven life filled with joy.

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The students will, through preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, review all they have learned in first through seventh grades. They will deepen their understanding of the Sacraments and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to be received through confirmation. The students and families will be actively involved in many activities designed to deepen their faith life and develop a strong understanding of their place within the one body of Christ as lived in our parish community.

Our objective is that the students will develop a love of community at Holy Spirit, love for Christ and his Church and will discover how they are called to actively participate in the sacramental life of the Church.

more details about Grade 8 in general        More details about Confirmation Prep

When do children and teens who attend Catholic school start sacramental preparation?

it is important for you and us that you register your children during the summer registration period.

Our first special Confirmation event will be held before classes begin in September and your child will need to begin choosing a sponsor and a Confirmation Saint. So it is vital you join us on time.

For all Sacraments, you will want to refer to our full Calendar or the Sacrament Year only Calendars for details about all events, meetings and classes.

For our purchasing and planning purposes we need to know as early as possible how many children/teens will be receiving sacraments this year.



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Grades 1-5

Once a month on Sundays
Immediately following 9:30AM Mass
10:30 - 11:30
Parents will meet in the Hall while the children attend class and will pick-up their children in the school at 12:00 PM
We hope to return to offering classes for the children soon. Pray for an end to the pandemic.
Please remember to sign your child out of class

Grades 6-8

Twice a month on Sundays
5:00-6:30 PM 
Grades 6, & 8 will all alternate meeting in the Hall or on Zoom.
Note: Grade 8 meets more often than grades 6 & 7 see calendar for additional dates.
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