9th Grade – The ninth graders use a special “Backyard Bible Study” program which focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and especially the Corporal Works of Mercy—to feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to shelter the homeless; to visit the sick; to visit the imprisoned; and to bury the dead. The teens will come together and review and reflect on either Catholic Social Teachings or one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Using their Bibles, they will visit a pre-determined site to reflect on a particular Work of Mercy. At the conclusion of each class they will be asked to perform some type of service that will carry through their study of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The 9th graders will meet Wednesdays approximately twice a month from 7:00-8:30 p.m.(see calendar on page 17) at the Parish Center unless otherwise noted. Parents play a vital role in the success of this program and are asked to volunteer to facilitate and to drive the teens to their destination. We will need approximately 5-6 parents to facilitate and/or drive each time we meet.
All Freshmen receive the YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) It is written in language suitable for young people, covering the entire Catholic faith as it was presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. YOUCAT is structured in Question-and-Answer format and references the Catechism. A commentary following the answer is meant to give the young person additional help in understanding the questions that are discussed and their significance in his/her life. The YOUCAT is used as a reference throughout the high school program.
10th Grade – We will be using CHOSEN: Your Journey Toward Confirmation which is a 2 year program culminating in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 11th Grade.(See calendar on page 18). Program materials given are the CHOSEN Workbook for students, Parent’s Guide for parents and Sponsor’s Guide for the student’s selected sponsor. The Bible and YOUCAT will continue to be used as reference materials. CHOSEN follows the three phase model used to prepare people to enter the Catholic Church: to remove obstacles to belief, present the basic gospel message, form their hearts to discover and follow Jesus and develop a more intense formation within their hearts. Adult small group leaders will encourage stimulating discussions to supplement this well developed curriculum. The Sophomores will meet approximately twice a month on Wednesday evenings at the Parish Center from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Confirmation – The Confirmation program will be held on Wednesdays at Inspirio in Stone Bank from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (See calendar on page 19). We will focus on portions of The Nicene Creed and what it means to us as Catholics. We will also incorporate topics relative to questions the teens have about their Catholic faith, i.e., The Communion of Saints, traditions and practices. The teens will also use The Catholic Faith Handbook and the YOUCAT catechism to answer their questions of faith.