NOTE: Adaptation due to Covid-19 -Parents, Safety of our students, and our volunteers are certainly Paramount as we make changes to our Faith Formation Program during this time of the pandemic.
At St. Jude, we use the Life Teen/Edge Curriculum for Jr. High! It's a Catholic middle school youth ministry that helps young people with life's most challenging years.
This year the Catechesis for Edge will take on a different teaching method for formation. Our adolescent students, grades 6,7, and 8th need structure. This method is called "family catechesis". The good news is the time away from the family will be limited, as the parents' sessions will be three sessions per year. Each semester will have eight lessons, and we will credit the students for the accomplishment of the formation.
I understand some parents received Catechesis in childhood but later drifted away from church teaching and religious practices. Parents may find themselves with limited religious knowledge. No problem, "family catechesis" will feel the "gap." We will take this journey of faith with you – providing lectures, discussing audio-visual aids as we deliver the lessons with resources.
A lesson shared from the 4th General Assembly of Synod is Catechesis always has been work for which the whole church must wish to be responsible. Parents have a unique responsibility to educate their children. I appeal to the parents to open their hearts to this formation method.
Catechesis is vital for our middle school adolescents-the age of the Jr. High student is a time of discovering oneself and one's inner world, the joy to be connected, and the biological impulses. Catechesis is essential during this delicate period of life. During this age, our Catechesis focus is that Jesus Christ as a friend, guide, and model, capable of being admired and also imitated. We begin the concept of authentic love uniting the human race: learning about the Creed, the Passion and death of Jesus, and the Resurrection. We also look at the precepts of the church.
One final thought-Currently, we see a gap in youth Faith Formation around the world, whereas the sacraments have become, for some, a
"hollow ritual." What I mean by that is our youth are enrolled only to receive a sacrament! They miss the teachings on good & evil, grace & sin, and life & death. Will they understand the virtues needed to make good moral decisions? Continuous Catechesis will mature them in their faith and prepare their hearts for their witness in the world as a conversion of heart will help them to attain the unity of faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Ideas and information of Catechesis cited: Tradendae by John Paul II
2020-2021 Faith Formation Class Times
Family Catechesis Model
3 Semesters-24 Lessons
Ms. Julie Cosby
Youth and High School Director
817-473-6709 ext. 2106