Youth Ministry

 

Online Registration for 2020-2021
Faith Formation Classes

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Faith Formation Classes for 2020-21

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our parish will primarily be offering faith formation (FF) opportunities via distance learning formats for at least for the Fall 2020 term. Sacramental preparation will include in-person sessions on campus for RCIA, Confirmation, and "SacPrep" for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
 

Youth Faith Formation Opportunities
 

What: Faith formation at St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers opportunities for youth 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 the children 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.

These are some of the core habits for disciples of all ages to develop. They serve as the focus of our efforts at coaching our young parishioners to grow as disciples of Jesus. Notice how the first four are habits primarily developed at home, in the Domestic Church. The final habit is what we can focus on during our Sunday morning faith formation sessions in an effort to help develop some vocabulary and concepts to better understand and articulate the relationship with Jesus at the root of the first four habits:

  • Prayer:  develop the habit of daily personal and family conversation with God.
  • Mass:  develop the habit of actively participating in weekly Sunday Mass.
  • Bible:  develop the habit of reading (or listening to) Bible stories.
  • Love:  develop the habit of being generous in your love for God and neighbor.
  • Study:  develop the habit of learning what God has done for us in Jesus and how we are called to follow him.

Since all parish efforts at children's 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. This year, we will begin all our sessions in a distance learning format, including the Parent FF sessions.  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 at other times and all parents are encouraged to participate.


 

- Confirmation In-person sessions twice each month (12pm - 2pm) in the parish hall. See the schedule inserted below. This is our immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated each Spring. Retreat is TBD due to covid restrictions (deferred this year to later winter 2021). Anticipate a Confirmation Mass in April or May, 2021. Eligibility confirmed after interview; for 2020-21, norm is at least 8th Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. Click here to visit the Confirmation page on this website for additional details. For 2020-21, candidates are to be in 8th Grade or above who meets the proximal year requirements as outlined in this year's Confirmation Orientation Packet

- High School Faith FormationSundays, 9:45 - 10:45am beginning in late September. Details to follow after the catechist team clarifies their distance learning strategies for the coming year.

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


FF Calendar for 2020-21: 

 

Parish FF will begin in the first week of October, 2020, and conclude in the last week of May, 2021.

As Domestic Churches, families are encouraged to celebrate the liturgical calendar, saints of the day, and special milestones in church history. These will be added to this shared FF Calendar for each month. 

     Confirmation Calendar for 2020-21:

Sessions

Preschool (Grades PreK4 - K) - Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am
Elementary School (Grades 1 - 6) - Sundays, 9:45-10:45am
Middle School (Grades 7 - 8) - Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am
High School (Grades 9 - 12) Sundays, 9:45am - 10:45am.

Sacramental Preparation: 
- First Reconciliation:  Four in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm), Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, & Dec 2 (in addition to grade-specific FF). Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 - First Holy Communion:  Four in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm - 7:45pm), Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, plus a half-day retreat on Apr 17 (if possible due to Covid restrictions and in addition to grade-specific FF).  Eligibility confirmed after interview; norm is at least 7 years old / 2nd Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 - Confirmation: A mix of in-person group sessions twice each month on Sundays (12pm - 2pm) and family study using the Dynamic Catholic "Decision Point" text as guide. See the schedule inserted above. Retreat is TBD due to covid restrictions (but at least deferred to later winter 2021). Anticipate a Confirmation Mass in April or May, 2021. Eligibility confirmed after interview; for 2020-21, norm is at least 8th Grade and one year of prior parish faith formation. A brief parent meeting will be held with each family in September via telephone.

 

Tuition

Pre-School (Grades PreK4-K): $20 per participant
Elementary (Grade 1-6): $30 per participant
Middle School (Grade 7-8): $30 per participant
High School (Grade 9-12): $40 per participant 
SacPrep (Reconciliation/First Communion): $40 per participant (includes fee for Sunday classes)
Confirmation Prep: (1) $20 per participant; (2) $120 for weekend in-person retreat (if possible this year due to covid restrictions; do not pay until retreat plan is verified)

Payments may be made either online, or via check payable to:
   St. Thomas Aquinas Church (memo:  faith formation)
   and delivered/mailed to the parish office:
   (324 NE Oak Street, Camas, WA  98607)


Youth Confirmation

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
 
      
After you have registered for faith formation classes via the link near the top of the main panel on this page, click on the above green button for the option to pay online.  You may also contact the parish office for other options:  office@stthomascamas.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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.