Youth Ministry

Click Here to Register Online for
2018-19 Faith Formation Classes

 

Si necesita asistencia con este formulario, por favor contactar a Denice (denice@stthomascamas.org)
 

All faith formation classes will resume Sep. 16, 2018
with a special orientation for parents and students

 

Summer Activities at St. Thomas include the Youth-Led Friday Night Movies on the field north of the church.  Gather at 8:30pm for a 9:00pm movie; we've got popcorn, drinks, and a few snacks; you bring a blanket or folding chair and a friend!

 


High School Youth Faith Formation Opportunities
 

- High School Catechesis:  Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am. Two-year cycle of topics on Scripture, morality, liturgy, and Catholic culture to train today's disciples for mission.  This is the recommended option for most freshmen and sophomores who have been consistent with their faith formation classes in recent years. This discussion-based class covers all the fundamentals of the above topics at a higher level than the teen was exposed to in elementary and middle school with a focus on the reasonableness of the faith. The truths of the faith should make sense; they certainly do if we can take the time to ensure a good foundation is laid and "connect the dots" with several aspects of the faith. Teens are encouraged to complete all the topics presented in this two-year cycle. Since their schedules are often very full, the sequence of topics can be covered in any order. As you consider when to schedule the Sacrament of Confirmation, provide time to complete these topics. The typical progression (and the current norm for the Archdiocese of Seattle) would be to complete HS catechesis and then prepare for Confirmation as a Junior. If Confirmation is celebrated as a Sophomore, for example, then the teen would be encouraged to return to complete any catechetical topics which they may have missed.

- High School Bible Study: Thursdays or Sundays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Basic Bible literacy for Catholics so they can navigate in this library of books with confidence in order to know Jesus better, hear God's Word more clearly, and apply ancient principles of Catholic biblical interpretation to gain clarity today.

- High School Confirmation:  Sundays, 9:45am - 10:45am. This is our immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated each Spring. After establishing the candidate's readiness and desire for the sacrament, including a parent meeting on a Sunday in early September, Sunday morning classes begin in late September and continue through March 2018.  A Confirmation Mass is expected to be celebrated in late April or early May 2019 after the Archdiocese of Seattle verifies the (arch)bishop's availability. Includes weekend retreat Nov. 9-11, 2018. Click here to visit the Confirmation page on this website for additional details.

- High School Service/Mission:
Various times based on particular service roles in parish faith formation, liturgy, community service, etc. This direct service approach is for those teens who have completed the basic course in Scripture and catechesis and who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is time to get involved, to progress from disciple ("follower") to being an apostle ("one who is sent" on a mission). We will help all teens to be placed in an appropriate service role, whether as a lay liturgical minister, a catechist's aide, or performing some type of outreach for the needy in our community.

Please contact Ted Meany if you  have any questions (ted@stthomascamas.org; 360-834-2126, ext. 215).  


Faith formation at St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers opportunities for teens to complement what they are learning about the Catholic Faith from their parents who are the primary educators of their children. The lessons offered through the parish Sunday School supplement the family's ongoing efforts to introduce youth to the Good News of what God has done for them in Jesus Christ and how they are called to be formed as his disciples, eventually to be sent as missionaries to share this message with others.

  • Since all parish efforts at youth faith formation support the ongoing formation within each family as a whole, it is necessary that parents (or legal guardians) participate in faith formation as well. Special Parent faith formation (or "Parent FF" or "PFF") sessions will be offered each month as indicated on the below calendar. Parent FF sessions will be held in the parish hall at the same time as the youth classes. At least one parent from each family needs to attend each of the monthly Parent FF sessions. Additional adult faith formation sessions will be offered on most of the other Sunday mornings and all parents are encouraged to participate. 

 

 

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

Youth Confirmation

 

Please click here to visit the Confirmation page on this website for all the details concerning sacramental preparation for youth confirmation:

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

If you have any questions about Youth Faith Formation, please contact Ted Meany,
360-834-2126, ext. 215 - ted@stthomascamas.org.

 

 

VERITAS YOUTH

Veritas, Latin for “Truth,” is the best word to describe the spirit and mission of St. Thomas Aquinas, the inspiration and patron for our group. We seek to know the Truth, who is Jesus Christ, so that we can then share Him with others! Centered on the Liturgical Life of the Church, we seek to grow in faith that bears fruit in service.