Elementary Faith Formation (K-7)

 

St. Michael the Archangel Faith Formation

 

St. Michael Faith Formation staff, through prayer and grace, is committed to providing our families with:

Support and instruction for the parents, the primary catechists of their children

Meaningful and comprehensive Sacrament Preparation

A desire for lifelong formation.

 

We strive to provide this through quality programs at each level of catechesis.  Information for families seeking Faith Formation is listed below.

 

St. Mike's Tikes

Ages: Preschool - Kindergarten

Staff contact: Karen Allen 

St. Mike's Tikes is a family based ministry that provides support and resources for families of young children.  We do this through our weekly program, Children's Liturgy of the Word, during the 8:30am Sunday Mass.  With this program, the children are called up and then dismissed during the Liturgy of the Word with a catechist team to hear and talk about the weekly readings in a way they can understand.  They return during the Offertory to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their family.  This also is a great opportunity for parents to direct their heart and attention to the readings and homily during mass.

St. Mike's Tikes also offers monthly family-based activities, typically on a Friday or Saturday, for the children to learn more about prayer, liturgical seasons and service.  examples of these events include:

  • Prayer, popsicles and play
  • Rosary Walk
  • Thanksgiving box decorating
  • Drive-through Nativity
  • Vacation Bible School

Also, you are invited to join our Facebook group here.  The Facebook group provides information about our events, seasonal resources and encouragement for moms and dads.  If you would like more information on St. Mike's Tikes or would like the opportunity to volunteer with this ministry, please contact Karen Allen at [email protected] or 919-468-6185

 

First Eucharist Preparation

Ages: First and second grade

Staff Contact: Jeannine Hughes  The Diocese of Raleigh and our Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama call for two years of Sacramental Preparation for families preparing for First Eucharist.  These are traditionally done in first and second grade with the reception of the Sacrament in the spring of second grade.  Students must be at the age of reason (7) before receiving First Eucharist.

First Eucharist classes meet Sundays from September-May.  Classes are typically held 3:30-4:45pm in St. Michael School

First Year (First grade) - First year preparation is family based catechesis that focuses on the basics of the mass, liturgical calendar, prayers and community.  A calendar of dates will be sent to registered students.

Second Year (Second grade) - Second year students are more deeply connected to community through the option of mentoring with a High School student.  Students will prepare and celebrate their First Reconciliation (Confession) in preparation for receiving First Eucharist.  They will learn about the Eucharist through activities, lessons and workshops.    

If you would like more information or would like the opportunity to volunteer with our traditional First Eucharist preparation, please contact Jeannine Hughes at [email protected] or 919-468-6120.

 

Intermediate Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation and Eucharist Preparation)

Ages 8-High School

Staff Contact: Jeannine Hughes

The Diocese of Raleigh and our Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama call for two years of Sacramental Preparation for families preparing for First Eucharist.  These are traditionally done in first and second grade with the reception of the Sacrament in the spring of second grade.  Students older than 7 can prepare for First Reconciliation and Eucharist in our Intermediate Sacramental Preparation (ISP) program.

ISP classes meet Sundays from September-May.  Classes are typically held 3:30-4:45pm in St. Michael School.  Students are placed in classes based on age, 8-10, 11-13, 13-High School.

First Year (First grade) - First year preparation is catechesis that focuses on  the mass, liturgical calendar, prayers and community.  

Second Year (Second grade) - Second year students are more deeply connected to the community through the option of mentoring.  Students will prepare and celebrate their First Reconciliation (Confession) in preparation for receiving First Eucharist.  They will learn more about the Eucharist through activities, lessons and workshops.    

If you would like more information or would like the opportunity to volunteer with our Intermediate Sacramental Preparation, please contact Jeannine Hughes at [email protected] or 919-468-6120.

Challenge and Conquest

Ages: 8-13 (grades 3-7)

Staff Contact: Dara Hadley

Challenge and Conquest are ECYD programs offered at St. Michael for our students between Sacramental Preparation.  Challenge and Conquest strive to form Christian leaders who can transform our culture.  They are authentically Catholic programs with a unique method:  virtue-based curriculum, teen led, gender specific, team based, service driven, and through responding to the needs of the adolescent.

St Michael will offer the following ECYD programs:

Challenge Junior (girls grades 3/4)

Conquest Junior (boys grades 3/4)

Challenge Middle School 5/6 (girls grades 5/6)

Conquest Middle School 5/6 (boys grades 5/6)

Challenge Middle School 7 (girls grade 7)

Conquest Middle School (boys grade 7)

You can find out more information on the programs here:

Challenge website  

Conquest website

 

ECYD also offers products and resources, training and support, and access to an international network of ECYD camps, retreats and mentors for our St. Michael families.  If you would like more information on or would like the opportunity to help with our Challenge and Conquest programs, contact Dara Hadley at [email protected] or 919-468-6131 or attend on of our upcoming information sessions!

 


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--All are Welcome!--

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has a series of YouTube videos on Understanding Autism.  This is a great resource for parents and catechists working to do the best for children in their care who have been diagnosed with Autism.  We also want our St. Michael the Archangel parish congregation to be more conscious of, and be more welcoming to, those with disabilities in their midst.  

Autism Awareness:  A person with Autism has a medical condition that may impair his or her ability to communicate with others.  A person with Autism may have behaviors that appear to be unpredictable or inappropriate.  On the surface, it may appear that this person is misbehaving when, in reality, it is his or her own way of dealing with the world.


--Staff Contact Information--

Jeannine Hughes, Coordinator: First Eucharist     Karen Allen, Coordinator: Young Families     Dara Hadley, Coordinator of Challenge and Conquest
919-468-6120                                                      919-468-6185                                                          919-468-6131

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