Christian Formation - Youth Ministry (Gr. 7-9)

Class Schedule  /

DIRECTOR:  Bethanne Maus-Schaefer

  
Requirements for students in grades 7 - 9 are a follows:

  • Attend at least 13 of 16 classes

  • Attend one Family Faith in Action Event with a parent *

  • Grade 9 only - complete service hours **

  • Attend a Youth Holy Hour

  • Complete 8 Mass Reflections

The Christian Formation Office can be called or emailed at any time to verify the status of student requirements.

Only Mass Reflections and Service Hours that are submitted on the appropriate form will be accepted for credited.

The goal for attendance is 100% for coursework and one Family Faith in Action Event with a parent.  All families have obligations that they must attend. It is our hope that families make Christian Formation a priority. In order to cooperate with the needs for busy families, we have allowed three absences  for the year. 


*Family Faith in Action Events are meant to enhance spiritual formation in a non-classroom setting. These opportunities  are  meant  for parents  to  spend  time  with  their children  in  an  environment that can enrich their faith journeys. A Family Faith in Action Event schedule will be emailed to parents in October.  The most current schedule can be found online at www.stleonards.org.  Click on the 'Family Faith in Action Events' tab.


** Service hour requirement only for Grade 9 – Ten Hours
Service can be completed in a variety of ways: at the parish, in our community, and/or in the home.  We have a wide assortment of projects through our parish with all of the various activities, events and committees.  Information is provided, as it becomes available.  We also understand that students are involved in service elsewhere, outside the parish walls, and these activities can be (in most cases) recorded as service commitments.  Aside from this information being available at the time of Confirmation, these records can be used to provide letters of recommendation for colleges, job references, etc., but only if they are complete.  It is beneficial for all students to record their service for all of these reasons.  

If you are a member of an organization that benefits from or are under obligation to perform the activity, the work does not count toward this Christian Formation requirement.

Community service hours performed to satisfy a court order may not be used toward this Christian Formation requirement.

Service Hour forms are now required to be filled out electronically.  To help in this endeavor, service hour sheets are available on our website (under the ‘Service Opportunities & Forms’ tab).  Please completely fill out one form for each project including your first and last name.  Forms must be electonically signed by both the student and a committee representative or parent to be accepted.  The information on the form should be as detailed as possible and will be recorded in the student file as part of his or her record.  We will keep electronic copies of each form we receive

Completed Service Hour sheets should be submitted to: [email protected].

Service opportunities that are available through St. Leonard: 

  • Labor of Love (LOL) – ongoing

  • World Series to Strike Out Hunger – TBD  

  • Souper Bowl of Caring – February

  • Mission Trip – Summer

  • VBS - Summer

  • Veggie Tales - multiple times 

  • Church Decorating - multiple times 

  • Knights of Columbus activities - multiple times 

  • Sunday morning nursery during 9:00 am Mass - multiple times 

  • Additional opportunities are presented weekly during class time and will be listed on our website under the 'Service Opportunities' tab.

If you have any questions on the service portion of your child's Christian Formation experience, please contact:  Bethanne Maus-Schaefer - Office  262-679-0880 


Youth Holy Hour - replaces Reconciliation. Dates and times can be found on the Youth Holy Hour page.

Curriculum 
Seventh & Eighth Grades - Alpha
Ninth Grade - You and Altaration

Make-up work is not available
Making up a class on a different day is NOT an option.


HOME STUDY - For the families who cannot attend classes due to a legitimate conflict, St. Leonard Christian Formation offers a Home Study alternative on an exception basis only.  Students benefit greatly from the classroom experience which cannot be duplicated at home.

All Home Study participants are required to:

  • Attend one Family Faith in Action Event with a parent (see Family Faith in Action Events above). 

  • Complete eight Mass Reflections

  • Attend a Youth Holy Hour each year as scheduled

  • Participate in community service - only Gr. 9 - 10 hours.  Service hours become part of the student record.

  • All of the requirements listed above are a component of the 'Annual Expectations' for Athletic Eligibility.


If you have questions or would like additional information on our Home Study program for grades 7, 8, and 9, please contact Bethanne Maus-Schaefer at: 262-679-0880.