Edge 6th-8th


EDGE 6TH-8TH

Bishop Olson has notified all parishes that there will be no in-person Religious Education (RE) for the fall semester. RE can take place online. We are making the necessary adjustments to plan for remote learning. St. Jude Classes will begin on October 4th and Mandatory Jr. High Orientation is September 27th.
Orientation at 2:30 for Parents ONLY in St. James.

Jr. High
Family Catechesis Model-3 Semesters-24 Lessons

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.

New guidelines for Faith Formation English.
Nuevas directrices para la de Formación de Fe
Espanól.

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

Grades: 6-12
817-473-6709 ext. 2106
[email protected]


revised 9/10/2020