St. Thomas has Faith Formation Programs for both children and adults.
Our youth program encompasses all students Kindergarten through Grade 8. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 10:20am in St. Martin’s Hall.
Admission for Faith Formation:
Families who wish to enroll children in this program must be registered here at St. Thomas the Apostle.
Prior to attending any program or class, registration in Faith Formation is required by completing the registration forms, attending the mandatory parent meeting, reading the Parish Handbook, and complete and sign the Parent/Student Parish Faith Formation Policy and Promotional/Media Acknowledgement Forms.
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate must be provided at the time of registration.
Students shall be placed in classes on the basis and in the order of:
Readiness to receive the Sacraments
Grade level in the current school year
First Holy Communion: Families of students in the second grade or above, who have not received First Holy Communion, and who have completed the previous year of faith formation last year are automatically enrolled in Sacramental Preparation. A child must be in his or her second consecutive year of Catholic education or faith formation classes in order to be eligible for the sacrament of First Holy Communion. He or she must also attend Mass regularly.
Confirmation: Families of students in the eighth grade or above, who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and who have completed the previous year of faith formation last year are automatically enrolled in Sacramental Preparation. A child must be in his or her second consecutive year of Catholic education or faith formation classes in order to be eligible for the sacrament of Confirmation. He or she must also attend Mass regularly. An all day Confirmation retreat including reconciliation and family gathering at the 4:30 Mass and family pot luck dinner will take place before Confirmation.
Our Adult Faith Formation classes debuted in October 2018. We followed Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD series that explains in the words of Vatican II how “the Mass is a privileged encounter with a great mystery & the source & summit of Catholic life.” We held group discussions each week, focusing on how we could incorporate it into our lives and our attendance & participation at Mass. Father Glenn also answered & discussed questions any of us may have had. The Mass now has more meaning for us, and we share a bond with each other, a group of Christians who care about helping ourselves and others in experiencing God’s presence in the world.
Additional classes on various topics relevant to adult catechists will also be available.
For more information or to register for Faith Formation Programs, please contact the parish office.