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Education

Confirmation Coordinator

Mission:

To continue the journey of the candidate (sophomore grade or older) in their Catholic initiation process through the sacrament of Confirmation, thus strengthening their union with God and providing opportunities to serve their parish and community.

Activities:

Students are required to attend approximately 15 classes from October through April. In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, they must also choose a sponsor, select various spiritual and community projects, attend a retreat and be committed to continuing the faithful practice and study of the Catholic religion.

Familia - Mothers of Young Children

Mission:

To learn the Church's teachings in regard to marriage, family and personal holiness and to pass them on in order to promote a true Catholic culture.

Activities:

This is a study and prayer group which meets twice a month September to May. We reflect on the Sunday gospel, study several pages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and study several of Pope John Paul's encyclicals. The groups meet 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (babysitting is provided).

Generations of Fath

Mission:

To provide a unique intergenerational Catholic formation to educate all generations in specific teachings of the Church in an inspiring, interactive retreat form.

Activities:

Provide a 2 1/2 hour long retreat for all generations (ages 5-105) through the sharing of a meal, prayer and a teaching covering topics of interest within our Catholic faith, three to four times a year.

Parish Library Committee

Mission:

The mission of St. Anthony of Padua Library is to provide spiritual and intellectually enriching materials in support of our Catholic Christian faith to deepen the quality of spiritual life of St. Francis of Assisi parishioners. All materials are available free of charge.

Activities:

Volunteers and patrons donate their time, talent and treasure charitably for the benefit of the St. Francis parish community. This includes assisting visitors and patrons of the library with locating books, DVD's, CD's or other media, checking in and out materials, and organizing materials in the library. The Library Chair, with parish priests, acquire, purchase, and evaluate materials for the library, and manages volunteer schedule and other operations of the library.

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Mission:

To assist parents in the catechetical needs of their children by teaching them to know, love and serve God through religious education classes for students in grades K-9 who are not currently enrolled in Catholic Schools.

Activities:

PSR meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. throughout the school year. Students participate in interactive classes, penance services, rosaries and celebrate Mass together. There is also a Special Needs class for students with disabilities. The ninth graders meet on Sunday evenings, twice a month, for the Theology of the Body for Teens program.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA)

Mission:

To welcome inquirers who may choose to become Catholic and to assist returning Catholics who desire to receive the Sacrements as they search for a deeper relationship with God in the Catholic faith. Emphasis is on formation through prayer, community and service.

Activities:

RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults whereby non-Catholics can learn more about the Catholic faith and have the opportunity to become Catholic. RCIA is also for Catholic adults and children, who have not had the opportunity to receive the Sacraments during the customary time of their life. Also, RCIA is for returning Catholics who have a desire to learn more about their faith. During the Fall, weekly classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30, consisting of discussions of various topics of our Catholic faith. At the 8:30 a.m. Mass, after the Homily, those in the RCIA process are dismissed to discuss assigned scripture readings under the direction of a leader. Each person is assigned a sponsor, who will be his or her mentor, during the process. In addition, each person is assigned a prayer sponsor who will pray for them throughout their faith journey. At the end of this period, if the inquirer feels ready, and has chosen to become Catholic, they spiritually prepare to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday Night).

Needed:

  • Full time teens and children Catechists
  • Adult substitute Catechists
  • Sponsors
  • Prayer Sponsers
  • Leaders of scripture review for adults, teens and children
  • Chidcare volunteers
  • Administrative functions and general assistance and other
  • Person to provide refreshments

Sunday School Pre-School

Mission:

To provide St. Francis of Assisi pre-school age children (at least 3 years of age by September 1st but not yet in Kindergarten) with a fun and enthusiastic start to learning about God and the Catholic faith.

Activities:

Designed to help children discover the many ways to celebrate their Catholic faith. The lesson plans center around God's love for them and teaches them to respond to God's love through prayer. The program is held during the 10:00 a.m. Mass, October to April.

Totus Tuus

Mission:

To teach children and young adults how to dedicate their lives totally to God in light of the motto of St. John Paul the Greats, "Totus Tuus" or "Totally Yours," through song, prayer, knowledge and example.

Activities:

Totus Tuus offers a week-long camp with daily class time, prayer time and fun time for children in first through sixth grades and evening twilight retreats for junior high and high school youth.