Ministry to Children, Youth & Young Adults

Children’s Ministry Overview

Our Children’s Ministry for children in grades K-5 is designed to foster unity in our parish community and to offer flexible scheduling for our busy families.  We offer families the option of registering for either Group A or Group B.  The groups meet on alternating weeks for one hours and 45 minutes.   This allows us to provide a more comprehensive experience of faith formation by  incorporating experiential faith activities such as visits to the church, learning about saints through skits and videos, scripture stories, etc. into the catechetical sessions.  Our goal is to offer support to parents, who are the primary faith formation educators for their children, so as to deepen their child’s knowledge of  and relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.

Youth Ministry and Confirmation Overview

Our Youth Ministry Program is the umbrella under which Confirmation Preparation occurs. Youth participation in our Youth Ministry Program is an integral aspect of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation as it broadens our teens’ experience of church, knowledge of the faith, and understanding of a lived Christian faith.

The Goals for Ministry with Adolescents as outlined by the Diocese of Manchester in the document “Nourishing Disciples” are the framework around which our program is built and the pathway that leads youth through the Sacrament of Confirmation into a life of Christian discipleship. The goals are:

  • To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • To foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

In Grade 9, youth register for our Youth Ministry/Confirmation program. The two year program is designed to be flexible, with many choices, because we know the busy schedules our teens keep. In Grade 10, youth once again register for the program. In addition to participation in our comprehensive youth ministry program or theology classes and Campus Ministry in a Catholic High School (such as St. Thomas), candidates for Confirmation participate in Immediate Preparation for Confirmation consisting of an eight-week period of catechetical sessions. This preparation includes understanding the rites, symbols, connection of Confirmation to Baptism, gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, and living as disciples of Christ. Parents and sponsors should be actively involved in the catechetical preparation and will be provided resources to help them understand and fulfill their role.

 Young Adult Ministry Overview

We are currently in the beginning stages of developing a Young Adult Ministry.  More information will be posted on this website and in the bulletin when we are ready to begin offering opportunities for young adults to come together.