Catholic Faith Formation
For the 2020-2021 formation year we will not be holding parent or family sessions, due to space.
Pray we can be together again next year.
Welcome Mr. Steven Torres as St. Stephen's new Director of Religious Education.
Family Faith Formation Program enhances the religious and moral development of your children by supporting you, their parents, with education, professional speakers, parental peers, and family activities.
Each session begins with prayer and a shared meal—breakfast on Sundays or dinner on Wednesdays. Following the meal, each family will participate in a project or activity that will engage them in Church teaching, then children and youth attend age-appropriate formation sessions with their peers. Parents focus on a specific series, or presentation from a speaker and participate in small group discussions. The session topics are about aspects of our faith and how to effectively share them with your children.
K- 5th grade – Children will be learning through Discover! Finding Faith in Life, by St. Mary’s Press. This faith formation program uses The Catholic Children’s Bible as the main text. Children will dive into Bible stories, discover and connect them with Catholic teachings, and be called to age-appropriate action! Children learn best when they can be engaged on all levels—emotional, spiritual, and physical!
6-8 grade – Children will be learning through Lifeteen’s Edge Program. Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth.
9-10 grade – Teens will be learning through Lifeteen. Life Teen is a movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Lifeteen provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.
Confirmation (11th Grade) – Teens will be learning through Matthew Kelly’s Decision Point series in conjunction we will be experiencing what it means to be Catholic by going out into the world and practicing our faith first hand.