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St. Matthew’s Child and Youth Ministries offer many opportunities for faith formation for children from age 3 through young adults preparing for confirmation. We recognize that the parents are the first and most important teachers of their children, therefore what we offer is a supplement to the faith that is lived in the home.
For more information on Religious Formation for grades Preschool through 5th grade, please contact Carol Daun, firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-762-4200 ext. 13.
For more information on Religious Formation for grades 6-11, please contact Karin Felske, email@example.com, or 414-762-4200 ext. 14; or, Darlene Finn, 414-762-4200 ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes meet during the 10:00am Mass, so that parents may attend Mass while knowing that their children are also learning about Jesus on an age-appropriate level. Our Preschool Program is a religious readiness program. It helps children discover their special qualities and their importance in God’s creation. Our program will help give the children a solid foundation for their future Christian Education.
There are two preschool classes – one for our 3 and 4 year-olds and one for our 5 year olds. At least two catechists and/or aides staff each classroom. Children are placed in the class that is most appropriate for the child’s age reached by September 1st of each year.
Our catechists use stories, song, movement and art experiences to share the love of God and teachings of Jesus with the children. The focus of the younger classroom is stories from the Bible and our 5-year-old room uses Sadlier’s “We Believe” Kindergarten Religious Education Program.
Children in grades one through eight meet from 6:30-7:30 pm to learn more about their Catholic faith. Our catechists in grades 1-5 use the Sadlier “We Believe” series to develop their lessons. Grades 6-8 follow a curriculum that includes the Bible, Pfalum Visions magazine, and Faith Works for Junior High.
This is an alternative to our Monday night classes for our middle school children who might have extracurricular events on Monday night.
An alternative to our Monday night classes; this program is designed for the entire family to attend. We begin our session reading and discussing the Sunday readings and then break out into age levels to learn about the Catholic faith. After our learning session, we attend Mass. This program meets the first and third Sundays of the month from October through April.
Our 9th and 10th grade classes combine both learning about the faith in a classroom setting as well as service opportunities. This year, students have served by making sandwiches for Guest House, helping serve a meal at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, bingo at Elizabeth Residence Nursing Home, and serving breakfast to residents at Guest House, among other opportunities.
High School students who are 16 years of age by their Junior year of high school and who have completed the formation and service requirements in 9th and 10th grade can enter into immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes are held once a month and students learn about what it means to be Confirmed. There are two options: The first option is a Summer intensive class, and begins in July, with students celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation in Fall of the same year; the second option begins in late Fall and Confirmation is celebrated during the early Fall of the following year. Students must select a Patron Saint, as well as a sponsor. Sponsors must be 16 years of age and a Confirmed, practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.