High School Faith Formation
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and Text Reminders for announcements & events!
We know summer has just begun, but we invite families to register for the 2019-2020 faith formation year beginning in September. All families with children not attending Catholic schools are encouraged and expected to have their children participate in faith formation, but we also gladly welcome and encourage participation from our Catholic school families also. This upcoming year, we are excited to expand faith formation options for our elementary youth and our high school youth. Stay tuned for more details!
Click here to register! Cost is $90 (teens in Confirmation or who have been confirmed are free). Payment can be made by cash, check, or an online payment through WeShare on the parish website. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Peters (Grades 1-5) or Elizabeth Gruenke (Grades 6-12). Click here to register!
We also invite you to stay posted to the various youth and family ministry events happening this summer through the parish Facebook and Instagram pages, the parish website, and the bulletin. You can also receive updates on youth and family ministry activities by texting @sfa-youth to 81010 for text reminders.
Life Teen and Dead Theologians Society
We are excited to be introducing more options for high school faith formation for 2019-2020! High school teens, not attending Roncalli, will still be required to take the six high school mini courses before or during Confirmation. (See more information on the high school mini courses below.) Teens will also be required to participate in either Life Teen on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM, with food/social time from 6:30-7:00 PM or Dead Theologians Society on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-6:00, before the 6:30 PM Sunday Mass. We realize that it's difficult to accommodate everyone's schedules, so we hope offering more options will make it easier for teens to participate in faith formation and spend time cultivating their relationship with Jesus. Participation in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society is required for Confirmation. No teen will be allowed to register for Confirmation if not engaging in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society or approved homeschooling. Neither Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society are meant to be purely catechetical, but are meant to also help teens encounter Jesus, learn to pray, participate in faith-based discussion, and grow in community. Come join us as we grow towards being intentional disciples!
Life Teen will be utilizing a variety of miniseries this year, including miniseries of the Person of Christ, Mary's Role in Salvation History, the Eucharist, Life Skills, and the Holy Spirit. You can find the tentative Life Teen schedule here. Each week at Dead Theologians Society we will be exploring the life of a different saint and how that saint reveals holiness. We'll also spend time in intercessory prayer and exploring the mysteries of the rosary.
High School RE Foundational Courses
Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, students (who are not attending Roncalli High School) will be required to take six foundational courses in Catholic beliefs and practices: Jesus Christ and the Paschal Mystery, Scripture, Sacraments, Church, Morality, and Theology of the Body (replacing Catholic Social Teaching after 2018). This is to ensure that all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation have a solid foundation in their faith and can articulate the truths of their faith. Courses are generally six hours in length over three days. To allow for flexibility and be mindful of busy schedules, students can take courses at a time that works for their schedule and courses do not need to be taken in any particular order. The courses will take place throughout the year, with three occurring in fall, three occurring in spring, and all six occurring in the summer. Ideally, students should be taking 2-3 courses/year from the summer before their freshmen year through Confirmation. Teens (who are not attending Roncalli) will be required to participate regularly in either Life Teen or the other alternative high school faith formation option if intending to be confirmed. No teen will be eligible for Confirmation if not taking the mini courses and participating in Life Teen or Summit/Discipleship Group (unless teen is participating in approved homeschooling). Students can take courses while enrolled in Confirmation also, so long as they have completed the six courses before Confirmation.
Students can sign up for courses once they're posted by emailing Elizabeth at [email protected] or via text, call, or Facebook message. Please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly. Records of who attended which courses will be kept for your convenience. Students need to attend all sessions of a course in order to receive credit for completing the course. To see which courses you/your teen needs to take yet, go to: SFA High School Religious Education Mini Course Spreadsheet . The spreadsheet lists students who are in progress with the courses, so if you've finished the courses or haven't started the courses, your name won't be listed.