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Education & Formation

These ministries include education and formation for adult Catholics, those who want to become Catholic, the Sacraments, children's Religious Education, and youth ministries. See our options below. Scroll down for detailed descriptions, and fill out the Education & Formation Form for more information. Click the link to download the complete Stewardship Opportunities booklet.

  • AFTERSHOCK High School Youth Ministry COR Team

  • AFTERSHOCK High School Youth Ministry Support Team

  • Babysitter

  • Catechist

  • Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

  • CIC Assistant Teacher

  • Middle School Youth Ministry Advisory Committee

  • RCIA Sponsor

  • Substitute Catechist

  • Sunday School Catechist

  • Students with Special Needs

  • Vacation Bible School

AFTERSHOCK High School Youth Ministry COR Team

Our young people are seeking adults to walk with them on their journey towards Jesus. As a member of the AFTERSHOCK COR Team you are the heart of youth ministry in our parish. The COR team helps plan and coordinate opportunities for our high school students to encounter Christ in their lives. COR team walks with our high school students in a mentor relationship, showing support through prayer and friendship. The commitment to the team can vary depending on the roles you wish to take. Average involvement is about 3 hours per week during the academic year. The team is supervised and supported by the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, so no matter your level of knowledge of the faith, anyone who loves Jesus and working with teens would make the perfect addition to this dynamic team.


AFTERSHOCK High School Youth Ministry Support Team

The support team is equally important to high school youth ministry as is the COR Team. The support team is designed for people who cannot fully commit to the 3 hours a week of service needed for the COR Team, but wish to support our young people. The support team can be present at retreats, weekly gatherings, or whenever available. A support team volunteer could also be a prayer warrior or provide food donations! Whatever your talents may be, we would be able to put them to good work in helping our high school students encounter Christ in a powerful way.


Babysitter

Young adults in grades 6–12 are needed to assist with childcare on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during Religious Education classes and parish social events. Babysitting is a valued ministry that allows families with younger children to participate in various church activities.

 

Time Commitment: Varies.


Catechist

All lesson plans and materials are provided along with coaching from a grade-level coordinator. A commitment to teaching weekly classes and attendance at two in-services throughout the year is required. Complimentary childcare is available for all catechists and substitute catechists. Catechists must be con rmed Catholics and must complete a background check and safe environment workshop.

 

Time Commitment: Approximately 1.5 hours per week September–May (1 hour in the classroom and 30 minutes of lesson preparation).


Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

During the 9 and 11 am Sunday Masses (excluding holidays), children ages 5–10 can listen to readings and participate in activities free of charge to help them understand the Scripture stories and grow closer to God. Volunteers are needed during Mass and must be middle school age to supervise, and at least high school age to lead. Volunteers sign up at their own convenience. No experience necessary. Materials and training are provided.

 

Time Commitment: 1 hour at 9 or 11 am Mass on Sundays, sign up at your own discretion.


CIC Assistant Teacher

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (CIC) is the process by which young candidates are fully initiated into the Catholic Church. The CIC assistant teaches a prepared lesson for students during student class sessions and helps the coordinator during family classes.

 

Time Commitment: 1 hour per week October– Easter.


Middle School Youth Ministry Advisory Committee

Our middle school students are looking for opportunities to learn who they are as they continue to grow into young adults. The Middle School Youth Ministry Advisory Committee is designed to assist in planning and coordinating opportunities for our middle schoolers to grow in faith and participate in service. This committee is open to both adults and middle schoolers who are interested in assisting the Coordinator of Youth Ministry provide the best opportunities possible to our young people. The committee meets quarterly to plan events and members are asked to support the monthly events as their schedules allow. It’s a great opportunity to serve the future of our Church!


RCIA Sponsor

A sponsor for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a person who journeys with someone considering and following the process to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. A sponsor comes to weekly gatherings in which the participants learn about the Catholic faith and teachings, study the Gospels, and share faith experiences. A sponsor walks with a candidate and shares in their journey to learn and grow in faith from September leading up to Easter Vigil.

 

Time Commitment: Monday evenings 1.5 hours and attendance at some specific Masses September–Easter.


Substitute Catechist

Substitute catechists must be willing to teach on an as-needed basis and are encouraged, though not required, to attend two in-services throughout the year. Substitute catechists must complete a background check and attend the safe environment workshop.

 

Time Commitment: Varies.


Sunday School Catechist

Children age 4 or 5 by September 1 of the current school year can participate in our Sunday School program. Children meet biweekly during the 9 and 11 am liturgies from September to early May. Catechists are needed to help teach the children, similar to a catechist’s role in the grade 1–8 program.

 

Time Commitment: Approximately 1.5 hours per week September–May (1 hour in the classroom and 30 minutes of lesson preparation).


Students with Special Needs

Every effort is made by the Faith Formation staff to accommodate students with special learning needs within the context of the regular classes. It is our intention to provide your child with the same support he/she receives in his/her regular education classroom. Parents with children with special needs should make an appointment with the Coordinator of Religious Education to discuss what accommodations may be necessary. People interested in volunteering their talents and time to assist in the education of children with special needs should also contact the Coordinator of Religious Education to see what opportunities are available.


Vacation Bible School

Each summer students PK–5th grade are invited to attend a week-long half day camp that focuses on scripture passages and growing our relationship with Jesus. Volunteers are needed to assist as station leaders, small group leaders, kitchen helpers, environment team members, and registration. Both adult and youth volunteers (grades 6-12) are needed to work directly with the children.

 

Time Commitment: Varies according to role during the week or before/after for setup and takedown.