Children’s Faith Formation and sacramental preparation

The Church teaches that parents provide the most significant influence in establishing the foundation of a child’s faith.  Our goal is to support you in developing your child’s faith and offer opportunities to enhance their spiritual growth.

We offer the following faith formation opportunities for our parish children from 3 years old through the 8th grade: Faith Formation Classes, Sacramental Preparation and Liturgy of the Word for Children. Read more about each below. 

Register today for Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation

for children in grades 1-8

2019-2020

Registration Deadline: September 16, 2019

Faith Formation 

For students in grades 1 through 8 on Sundays after the 9am Mass (10:15-11:30). Registration required.

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Grades 1-5

Inspiring both the intellect and the heart, we encourage children to become more intimately united with Christ and more in-touch with the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Each year children are introduced to and revisit the fundamentals of Catholic tradition including scripture, prayer, and Catholic teaching. In addition to these foundational topics, children will spend some time in each class exploring faith through art, becoming more familiar with our Church’s great tradition of visual art from every era.

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Middle School

(Grades 6,7,8)

Our enthusiastic team of CU students speak to the hearts of our middle-school youth with the joy of the Gospel and the strength of the Eucharist. Our engaging teachers foster the spiritual growth of our youth and help them make connections to Catholic beliefs within a faithful community that loves, nurtures, and challenges them.

High School Youth Group

Our parish high school students are encouraged to attend the Boulder County Catholic Youth Group at Sacred Heart of Mary. 


Sacramental Preparation for Children  

This is the process of welcoming all young people to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Grade 2), First Eucharist and Confirmation (celebrated together in Grade 3). Older children desiring these sacraments are always welcome. First Reconciliation preparation gatherings, First Eucharist Preparation Retreat, and Confirmation Retreat dates are listed on our Faith Formation calendar. For guidance on how to register click here.

The Archdiocese of Denver practices the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, culminating in Eucharist). The Restored Order focuses our sacramental preparation efforts toward Eucharistic participation. Learn More

 
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First Reconciliation

Preparation for this sacrament begins in Grade 1 and continues through the fall of Grade 2. Preparation includes participation in Faith Formation classes, and two parent/child sacramental preparation evenings (see calendar). Children in older grades who desire this sacrament are also welcome. Please contact the parish office for more information.

First Eucharist and Confirmation            

Preparation for these sacraments begins in Grade 2 and continues throughout Grade 3. The sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated together with Confirmation at a parish mass with the Archbishop after Easter. In addition to Faith Formation classes, two parent/child sacramental preparation retreats are required - one for Confirmation and one for Eucharist (see calendar). Children in older grades who desire these sacraments are also welcome. Please contact the parish office for more information.


Liturgy of the Word for Children

Offered at the 9am Mass, Sundays during the school year. This liturgical experience is aimed at helping children better understand the Sunday readings and learn how they can put God's Word into action in their young lives. No registration required.  All children from 3 years old to 3rd Grade are welcome to participate.


A note about child safety

All volunteers who work with minors must fulfill the following requirements in order to be involved in ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas and any other parish in the Archdiocese of Denver:

Submit and pass a Criminal Background Check

Take a Safe Environment Class– Called to Protect™

Receive a copy of the Denver Archdiocesan Code of Conduct

We take our responsibility of protecting children very seriously and communicate our values clearly so that any one of our volunteers who has knowledge of, or suspects child abuse, understands his or her duty to make a full report to all appropriate authorities as required by Colorado law.


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Patty Quinn
Director of children's formation

patty.quinn@thomascenter.org 

303-443-8383 Ext. 104