Faith Formation for Children and Teens

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Faith Formation program here at St. Therese exists to assist you in your role as the parents and guardians in your children’s education and growth in matters of faith, as well as to help you keep the solemn promises you made before God on the day you were baptized.  It is our goal to provide you with the support and means necessary to raise your children as strong Catholics in today’s world. Here at St. Therese, we offer weekly Faith Formation classes that will prepare your children to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and offer your children an opportunity to continue to deepen their faith and to grow in their relationship with the Lord. These past two decades, our parish of St. Therese de Lisieux has seen a tremendous growth in the scope and number of children who are coming for Faith Formation classes.  With this continued growth, there are necessary adaptations and changes we are need of making so that we can continue to maintain the quality and family-friendly atmosphere that is so important to us.  This current 2017-2018 school year, we will be adding more classes, in addition to new days and times.  We are working diligently to keep costs down and to use the tuition responsibly for the good of the children.  The growth and expansion of our Faith Formation program do mean that we have had to make some minimal increases to these Enrollment fees.

We are currently in the process of transitioning our Confirmation classes into an 8th-9th Grade program.  The students will begin their Confirmation Preparation in October of their 8th Grade school year and be Confirmed at the end of September during their 9th Grade school year, discontinuing weekly classes during their summer break.  These classes will be divided into two identical sessions offered on Sunday afternoons from 3:45-5:15 pm and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm.  The availability of these classes will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In order to enroll for Confirmation, your child(ren) will be required to fill out an online application form and schedule an appointment to come to our office and complete the application in person.

Middle School:
Our EDGE Middle School hybrid religious education/youth group program will be offered for 6th and 7th Graders on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. (For More Information Click HERE)

NEW First Holy Communion:
The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are one year program at St. Therese.  This 2018-19 school year we will be transitioning to a new end of year format to better incorporate the children and families into the parish life. The children who will be making their First Holy Communion will be doing so at regular Sunday Masses. Part of receiving Holy Communion involves being united to the worshipping community during Mass with our fellow parishioners for the first time and we look forward to this being a joyful and happy occasion for the ENTIRE parish family of St. Therese.

General Faith Formation:
Due to our limited space and growing class sizes, we will now be offering these Faith Formation classes twice a week on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

The new schedule is as follows:
Monday 3:30-4:30: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Monday 5:30-6:30: 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th and 6th-7th Grade First Holy Communion Prep Only
Tuesday 3:30-4:30: 2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade First Holy Communion Prep Only
Tuesday 5:30-6:30: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

High School Faith Formation (Post-Confirmation):
This year, we will be offering youth group for teens who have already been Confirmed and are ready to live the life they undertook at their Confirmation. We will cover a plethora of different topics which will include current events, ways to deepen our faith, educational tools and ways to deepen their personal relationship with our Lord. It will be held on Sunday evenings after the 5:30 Mass from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Enrollment Fees:
Family Enrollment Fee – $150 (this is an annual fee for all families to enroll in any of our programs). The following fees are in addition to the Family Enrollment Fee and may cover the extra time, retreats and materials that are required to maintain these programs.

First Holy Communion Fee – $85
Middle School Fee – $50
Confirmation Fee – $175

Enrollment for All Faith Formation Programs will open on July 2, 2018.  Enrollment will ONLY be accepted online via our website.  Payment in full is required at the time of enrollment and any enrollments received without payment will not be processed. Please contact the Faith Formation Office prior to enrollment if your family needs to discuss further payment options with our Director of Finance. Please note, no refunds will be issued after September 1, 2018.   Baptismal Certificates will be required at the time of enrollment for both First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation classes. Confirmation students will be required to fill out an application and schedule an interview in person with us in order to enroll.

I am looking forward to these positive changes that we have made as they will enhance our program and enable us to better serve the families of our parish. Thank you for your commitment to your child(ren)’s ongoing relationship with the Lord and their continual Faith Formation.

Peace in Christ,
Miss. Meagan 
Director of Faith Formation
Office Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will OPEN July 2, 2018.

My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me. — John 7:16