Children’s Faith Formation
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 spiritual development and offer opportunities to enhance their growth.
We offer the following faith formation opportunities for our parish children from 3 years old through the 8th grade: Religious Education, Sacramental Preparation and Liturgy of the Word for Children. Read more about each below.
CLASSES BEGIN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
For students in grades 1 through 8 on Sundays after the 9am Mass (10:15-11:30). Registration required.
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.
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 events, First Eucharist Preparation Retreat, and Confirmation Retreat dates are scheduled here. For more info on what classes/programs to register your child for, 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
Preparation for this sacrament begins in Grade 1 and continues through the fall of Grade 2. In addition to the classroom curriculum, two sacramental preparation events are required (see calendar). Children in older grades who desire this sacrament will be prepared both in their grade level classroom at the sacramental preparation events.
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 the classroom, two sacramental preparation retreats are required (see calendar). Children in older grades who desire this sacrament will be prepared both in their grade level classroom and at the sacramental preparation events.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Offered at the 9am Mass, Sundays during the school year. This liturgical program 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 encouraged and welcome to attend.
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.
Director of children's formation
303.433.8383 ext. 27