Education

Faith Formation

Faith Formation is a lifelong pursuit. It meets people where they are and accompanies them on their spiritual journey. Although each person’s experience, understanding, and needs are unique, all of us can begin by being assured of God’s unconditional love.

Teach your children well

The Catechism tells us that parents are the “first heralds” for their children; the family home truly is the place where faith is both “taught and caught.” We have the honor of assisting parents in this important work; our mutual efforts provide “training for life,” equipping our children to assume their social roles as moral and faith-filled people.

Faith Formation classes follow the school year calendar. Classes for grades Pre-K through grade 8 meet on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45. Traditionally, the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are conferred during the second grade year. Families whose children are in need of sacraments are urged to contact the office as soon as possible.

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Confirmation Program

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a one year through our Youth Ministry program.

The Sacrament of Confirmation

The mission of this program is to prepare the candidates to receive the sacrament by helping them to come to know, love, and live our Catholic faith. Currently, Confirmation class is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.

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Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry serves the young people our parish by promoting and supporting a framework for Catholic teachings. It accomplishes this goal primarily by living and encouraging others to take to heart the eight components found in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document Renewing the Vision. The eight components are advocacy; catechesis; community life; evangelization; justice, peace, and service; leadership development; pastoral care; and prayer and worship.

The Future of the Church

We hope our ministry will spread the Gospel entrusted to us by Christ to the youngest members of our church and that they in turn will pass the light of the Gospel to others.
High School Ministry (9th-12th grades) meets from 6-8pm in the Youth Room.
Middle School Ministry (6th-8th grades) meets in Columbus Hall and/or our parish social hall.

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Young Adult Ministry (Fellowship of Young Adults- FOYA)

Young Adults (18+) are invited to gather with others their age who are interested in growing in their faith and meeting new people.

We are the Church

FOYA meets twice a month, on Mondays at 7pm, to talk about life, school, faith, and more and to create fellowship. Locations vary, please email if interested or join our group on Facebook- Fellowship of Young Adults (FOYA).

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R.C.I.A.

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.

Entering the Church

Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Meets at 6:30-9pm each Wednesday.

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Bible and Breakfast

A Bible Study and fellowship over breakfast which meets Thursdays in Columbus Hall from 9am to 10:30am

Living the Word Daily

Open your hearts and minds to the Word of God.

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Walking With Purpose

Catholic women’s Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Enter into a relationship with Christ

Walking with Purpose meets during the day and follows the Alcoa City School schedule.

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