705 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Grade 7-12 Faith Formation

May 12, 2020 Covid-19 Update

Youth Ministry Activities:

With the anticipation of restrictions being lifted (at the time of this submission) all Youth Ministry ZOOM activities have ceased. Below you can still find other ways to continue worshipping until we are able to return to Mass.

Ascension: Altaration Family Night Series

Wednesday, May  20 & 27 at 7:00 PM CDT

Join Mark Hart and Emily Wilson LIVE for a 4-Week Exploration of the Mass!

  • Each Wednesday in May, Mark and Emily will lead your family in a brief 30-minute experience of prayer, music, and discussion around the Mass and the Eucharist. Tune in to Ascension’s Facebook page to watch the 1st & 2nd sessions! A free Altaration family guide was made available on May 6.
  • Our youth have the opportunity to go through the series during their Jr. High years. This should be a nice look back at what they’ve learned. And help answer any questions they may still have.

The Life You Were Made For show with Chris Stefanick .The show will be premiering on Facebook on Chris’ page and EWTN’s Facebook page at 8 p.m. ET. It will also be available on WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 AT 8 P.M. ET

    • Immaculée Ilibagiza on The Power of Forgiveness (was a 2019 NCYC speaker)
      • Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsis. Men, women and children, including her entire family except for one of her brothers, were massacred at the hands of Hutu marauders. Immaculée found shelter at a pastor’s home, where she and seven other women hid from the deadly rebel mob in a 3-by-4-foot bathroom for 91 days. During those 91 days of unimaginable suffering, Immaculée found her faith, taught herself English, and most incredibly, committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 AT 8 P.M. ET
    • Elizabeth Zelasko on Making Sacred Space in Your Home
      • Elizabeth Zelasko is a Colorado-based artist, iconographer, and sister of Chris Stefanick. She works with Catholic publishers and institutions, creating commissioned pieces and gives talks on the theological aspects and material processes of writing a traditional icon.

 

LIFETEEN continues to offer various ways to connect online to continue to worship. Check out their YouTube channel for the following series.

  • You Won’t Find Jesus Here? -every Sunday at 4 PM. 
  • Lectio Divina- Bible Study at 4 pm on Wednesday.


ProjectYM  hosts ProjectYMLIVE at 7pm on Sunday’s at projectym.com/watch . Guest speakers have included Brian Greenfield, Fr. Augustino Torres, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Katie Prejean-McGrady, and many more.


April 20, 2020        Covid-19 Update

Greetings!

Even though we have concluded our last Religious Education Zoom session, there are still ways to interact and continue to worship with Youth Ministry events. Those are listed below. Due to security protocols on Zoom, a link is sent out the day before or day of the event. Ways to sign up are below.

  • Youth Bible Study - Monday at 2 PM
  • Youth Group Lunch - Tuesday at noon
  • Youth Prayer Group - Wednesday at 10 AM
  • YFF Catechist & Youth Leaders Check-in - Thursday at 11 AM
  • Game Day - Friday at 1 PM

Due to the new restrictions laid out by Governor Reynolds for Region 6, we were unable to deliver a special treat to our RE youth. We still hope to gather as a Faith Formation family sometime this summer. That will of course depend on how the pandemic continues to affect us. Even though a treat wasn’t able to be delivered, youth should watch their mailboxes for a note from their small group catechist.

LIFETEEN continues to offer various ways to connect online to continue to worship. Check out their YouTube channel for the following series.

  • YOU WON’T FIND JESUS HERE (new 4-week) series - every Sunday at 4 PM. 
  • Lectio Divina - Bible Study at 4 pm on Wednesday.

ProjectYM still hosts ProjectYMLIVE at 7pm on Sunday’s at projectym.com/watch . Guest speakers have included Brian Greenfield, Fr. Augustino Torres, Fr. Mike Schmitz, and Katie Prejean-McGrady.

Join FLOCKNOTE for text reminders & messages about various youth activities going on, including the ZOOM links. TEXT StPatYouthMin to 84576 to sign up.

Follow on Instagram & Twitter @stpatyouthmin to see what’s happening in the St. Patrick Faith Formation world.

I can be reached at [email protected] during this pandemic. Stay healthy may our Heavenly Father continue to bless you all. My continued prayers for each and every youth in our parish, as well as their families.

Below is a screenshot or what a typical Zoom meeting looks like. Here we have Confirmation youth.

Confirmation Information

Speaking of Confirmation, our next session is scheduled for May 3 at 12:30 pm. That is tentatively in person still (I’m really hanging onto that mustard seed of hope that we’ll be able to gather). Confirmation will follow pending restriction updates.

Candidates should have submitted sponsor forms by April 19. If you still have not turned those in, please do so asap.

Saint form is due May 3. Using one of the following recommendations to submit the form. NOTE: if you choose to scan, please NO JPG’s (pictures). I will need to print the forms & pictures do not print well. Many scanner apps are available for your phone.

    • Recommendation 1- print form, fill out, SCAN, & email to [email protected].
    • Recommendation 2- print form, fill out, & FAX to 319-266-2179
    • Recommendation 3- print form, fill out, & MAIL to

Youth Faith Formation Office
C/O St. Patrick Catholic Church
705 Main St.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

 

Rosie Guerrero, Youth (7-12) Faith Formation Coordinator

 



Welcome! Thank you for supporting your child by joining our Youth Faith Formation Program.

We are here to encourage and assist you in the formation of your child and family’s faith. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions or would like to help, let us know. New to our parish and need to register? Contact our Faith Formation Coordinator, Suzy, in the Parish Office at 319-266-3523 or register with the parish here.

 

Rosie Guerrero, Grade 7–12 Youth Coordinator 
[email protected]
277-3036 ext 36

 



 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education classes are held Wednesday evenings from September through mid-April. Currently St. Patrick only offers Religious Education for grades 7-9. Religious Education is a pre-requisite for Confirmation sacramental preparation for those not attending parochial school (Columbus/St. Patrick). Grades 7-9 meet in the Youth Center/Wood Gym (lower level of the church) from 6-7:30 pm. Youth may enter through the Washington Street entrance or Parish doors by the Link Hallway.  Church entrances are NOT open.

  • If your child will be absent, please call 277-3036 as soon as possible but no later than 5 PM class night. Unexcused absences will be followed up by phone for the safety of your child.
  • The quickest way to learn of cancellations is by notification to your cell phone. Sign up for notifications via Realm, choosing the Parents (Faith Fm. Gr. 7-9) group. If Cedar Falls Schools cancels or dismisses early due to weather, Faith Formation classes are automatically cancelled. In the event of inclement weather after the school day, we send a notification and use KWWL, Facebook, and/or email.
  • 2019-20 Calendar:  Jr. High Religious Education


CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in Fall of 10th grade with preparation classes taking place during the 9th grade school year. Visit the Sacraments page for more information. Confirmation registration is now closed for 2020. It will reopen in January 2021 for confirmation in fall 2021. Confirmation Calendar   


YOUTH MINISTRY

All 7-12th grade youth are invited to participate in Youth Ministry throughout the school year and summer. Youth Ministry is organized by Junior High (7-9) and High School (10-12).  St. Patrick Youth Ministry uses the three goals of Renewing the Vision as it’s guide in creating events and activities that will reach those goals through faith, service, community, and ministry.

  • Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. 

 

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 Read about our 2019 LOTEC trip in The Witness


Handbooks:   Being Updated/Coming Soon

Additional resources may be found on our Faith Formation Resources Page.