GRADES 1 - 5 FAITH FORMATION
Welcome to the St. Thomas More Parish Elementary Faith Formation Program.
Volunteer catechists and classroom assistants will be using a new book series to teach the basic doctrine of our faith, following the Green Bay Diocesan Faith Formation curriculum.
Throughout the year the children have many faith-filled experiences. These experiences include liturgical celebrations (Mass), prayer services, Family Faith Events (formerly called G.O.D. events) and more.
Parent involvement is very important in the faith development of children. Here are just some of the ways parents can share their faith with their children:
1. Daily prayer
2. Reviewing the weekly lessons from the textbook
3. Assistance in the memorization of our traditional Catholic prayers
4. Weekly mass attendance.
5. Volunteering to be a weekly catechist or assistant.
* First Reconciliation preparation takes place in the second grade beginning in September with the reception of the sacrament in November.
* First Communion preparation takes place in second grade beginning in January with the reception of the sacrament in late-April or early May.
FAITH FORMATION FOR GRADES 9, 10 & 11
We appreciate you getting your registration forms in right away for the next year of Faith Formation as it allows us to better plan and prepare to best meet the needs of our students and your families. We offer 9th and 10th grade classes on Wednesday evenings. Our 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 Generations of Disciples, 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.
During 6th, 7th & 8th grade, classes take on a little different approach from what students and their families are used to in the elementary years. A combination of large and small group class sessions make up our time together on Wednesday nights. Parent involvement is essential. Parents are asked to keep up to date with class and youth ministry correspondence by regularly checking their emails and this website.
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 AT ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH
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.