Middle-school years bring special and unique perspectives to faith formation sessions and require a different approach to engage adolescents. Journey gives participants the opportunity to belong and establish a Catholic identity within the context of our faith community. Teens participating in this small group format spend time exploring Scripture and Tradition, praying together, and partaking in community service projects.
Recognizing that family life is the most essential component of a person’s faith formation, families are encouraged to participate together in our Community Events. Intergenerational formation is provided to support families in living their faith at home, in our community, and in the world. Community Events are offered throughout the program year and are a part of the Journey program schedule. For more information, see Community Events.
Journey small groups are led by adults in homes and meet weekly, except during the weeks of a Community Event, school breaks or Holy days. Journey large group events typically meet at Saint Anne.
At the beginning of each program year, all registered Journey participants will be provided with information on small group catechists, meeting places and times. They will then be invited to choose groups that they would like to join. In order to provide the best possible experience for the participants, individual small group size is limited.
Catechists are essential to teach and share our Catholic faith with the teens of our parish. Committed adults who love children and are willing to share their love of God are encouraged to serve. Catechists work in teams of two and are welcome and encouraged to share the work in ways that are best for them. Both catechists should be present when working with the children.
Commitment: A training session prior to the beginning of weekly sessions; 90 minutes weekly during scheduled session weeks plus pre-planning and preparation as needed to execute each session; willingness to participate in on-going catechist formation.
Adult volunteers who are working with children are required to fulfill all Protecting God’s Children components, including attending a safe environment program (VIRTUS) and completing a background check, prior to beginning their work.
Mary Jane Kurowski