Forming Our Youth As Disciples For Christ
At St. Charles Borromeo, our programs for ongoing faith formation and religious education have been designed to assist and support parents rather than to exclude them or usurp their privilege of being the principal educators of the faith for their children. Our programs are built upon the regular practice of the faith by the family. The very necessary minimum for prayer and moral effort for all the faithful is defined as the Precepts of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2041-2043):
Attend Mass on Sundays & Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor,
Confess one’s sins in Confession at least once a year,
Receive the Eucharist at least once a year during Eastertime,
Observe the days of fasting and abstinence as defined by the Church, and
Help to provide for the needs of the Church through stewardship.
Family Faith Formation
for Children in Grades 1-6
Our Family Faith Formation program is designed principally for children in grades 1-6. Children, accompanied by at least one parent, will meet once a month on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoon/evening of their choosing throughout the school year. Rather than dividing children by age or grade level, families will be arranged together into small groups. They will be led through a curriculum that is geared to such a multi-generational audience.
for teens in Grades 7-12
Our Youth Group program is designed principally for teens in grades 7-12. Youth Group meets after the 5:00 p.m. Mass each Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to attend every Sunday. Young people in grades 7-8 will be invited to attend on two designated Sundays each month. (It is preferred that youth in grades 7-8 attend Youth Group; however, based on individual circumstances, they may instead participate in Family Faith Formation with parents and younger children.)
Preparing Children for the Sacraments
At St. Charles Borromeo, we assist and support parents, who are the first educators of the faith for their children. Our program of preparation for receiving the Sacraments runs alongside our ongoing faith formation of children and teens. Parents may enroll their children in the parish’s preparation programs for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Baptism of Non-Infant Children at the appropriate ages and when they are ready according to the norms enunciated for each Sacrament.
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Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is scheduled to run June 3 - 7 , 2019!