Wednesday Evening Classes
Grades 1-5 will be using a new series called Discover! Faith in Life. This exciting series connects core faith concepts with daily life for students. Active learning strategies ensure children interact with the content in a veriety of ways to engage differing learning styles. An exciting feature, each student will receive their own copy of the St. Mary's Press children's Bible in place of a textbook. Children will also take home activity pages with an interactive family component to reinforce lesson themes and support family prayer time.
Sunday Family Program Classes
Grades 1-5 will be using a series called A Family of Faith. The series follows a four-year cyle which covers the four pillars of the Catholic faith. This program meets monthly with the expectation that parents will continue the teaching at home during the weeks when class does not meet. This series is especially suited to the Family Program because families can work on lessons together at home. Parents have the opportunity to select those activities which are most appropriate for their child's age/ability level. Creative additions like the fridge page and car conversations tag encourage families to encounter Saints and lesson themes in daily life and to keep conversations about faith going.
Sunday Morning Preschool and Kindergarten Classes
For 3K, 4K, and K, we use Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, which connect with the liturgical seasons and readings for Mass on a given Sunday. Classes meet on Sundays during the 10:00am Mass from October through Palm Sunday. Our small class sizes allow for children to receive much personalzed instruction from their teacher.
* First Reconciliation preparation takes place in the second grade beginning in September with the reception of the sacrament in November. More information can be found here.
* First Communion preparation takes place in second grade beginning in January with the reception of the sacrament in late-April or early May. More information can be found here.
Our 9th and 10th grade classes meet on Wednesday evenings. The 11th grade meets for one week in the summer. The dates are determined by what works best for both the catechists and the students.
High School yearly requirements are:
- Class attendance, making up any classes missed
- A retreat
- Two hours of Community Service per year
- Two hours of Parish Service per year
- Any additional classes including Family Faith Events, High School Evangelization Night and other special evenings
Students are required to complete work for any missed classes. Make up work will be emailed home or handed out at the next class. Completed work should be returned to class.
Coming fall of 2019: EDGE (a middle school youth ministry program). Click here to learn a bit more and see why we are excited about this program.
Beginning in 7th grade, students are expected to fulfill the additional requirements of 2 parish service hours, 2 community service hours, and 1 class retreat each year. Watch the “Youth Focus” section in the bulletin as well as parent emails as you look for opportunities to fulfill these requirements.
Being an actively engaged disciple is an adventure and a very noble and worthwhile journey! Families are encouraged to remember that weekly Mass attendance (as well as Holy Days of Obligation) and daily family prayer time are essential to faith development, and that parents are the primary faith educators of their children.
Confirmation is the last of the three sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church. At St. Thomas More, as per the guidelines of the Diocese of Green Bay, youth have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in their junior or senior year of high school.
The Confirmation group completes sponsor sessions and service projects over the summer and meets monthly beginning in the fall. The sacrament is usually received in February. Please keep the candidates and their sponsors in your prayers.
All are invited to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation and to live a life of Catholic Christian discipleship by learning the vocabulary, key teachings and history of our beautiful Church! Besides attending classes, retreats and meetings with your sponsors, we found an online tool for you!
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) provides the Assessment of Children/Youth in Religious Education (ACRE), which our diocese asks all parishes to give to our children and youth in grades 5, 8 and 11 or 12 (Confirmation year). Just click here to go to a website which will enhance your knowledge of our faith through online flashcards and other learning methods! This will teach you about our Church and help you succeed on the ACRE assessment.
Each candidate and his or her sponsor will be interviewed during May. Please click on the dove above or go to Sign Up Genius directly to schedule your interview today. Thank you!
Sponsors and candidates meet on their own at least 4 times between May & August. All work should be turned in as it is completed. The last paperwork should be in by August 15th.
Sponsor - Candidate Workbook:
Sponsor Session Review Form 1.pdf
Session 2-Moral Growth.pdf
Session 2 Resource- What Happens at the Rite of Confirmation and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Explained.pdf
Session 2 Resource- Gifts of the Holy Spirit.pdf
Sponsor Session Review Form 2.pdf
Session 3-Spiritual Growth.pdf
Session 3 Resource- Review of the Mass.pdf
Sponsor Session Review Form 3.pdf
Session 4- Discipleship.pdf
Sponsor Session Review Form 4.pdf
Optional Session- Catechetical Knowledge Growth.pdf
Sponsor Session Review Form Alternate.pdf Confirmation Name Sheet.pdf
Sponsor Recommendation Form.pdf
Prayers to the Holy Spirit.pdf
Sponsor - Candidate Supplemental Handbook:
Sponsor Supplemental Handbook.pdf
Bishop's Study Guide:
Bishops Study Guide.pdf
Questions? Please contact Anna Donnermeyer.