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


DIRECTOR:  Bethanne Maus-Schaefer

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

  • Completion of coursework

  • Attend one enrichment with a parent* - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • Complete service hours according to grade level.**

  • Attend a Reconciliation Service - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • Complete 8 Mass Reflections

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

The goal for attendance is 100% for coursework and one enrichment 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. The number of allowed absences for 2020-21 may be modified due to virtual classes in fall.

*Enrichments 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. An Enrichment Offerings schedule will be emailed to parents in October.  The most current schedule can be found online at  Click on the 'Enrichment Offerings' tab.

** Service hour requirement   Grade 7 – Two Hours
                                                 Grade 8 – Five Hours
                                                 Grade 9 – Ten Hours

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

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

  • Family Enrichments / Veggie Tales - multiple times - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • Church Decorating - multiple times 

  • Knights of Columbus activities - multiple times 

  • Sunday morning nursery during 9:00 am Mass - multiple times - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • 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 

Reconciliation Service - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

Curriculum for Youth Ministry is meant to be a more in-depth study of the Catholic faith.   Students  review  what  they have  already  learned in  elementary  Christian Formation and become more involved in their faith. Below is the focus for each year.

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

All students will be enrolled in Virtual classes in the Fall and Spring Semester.

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 enrichment with a parent (see Enrichments above).  - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • Complete eight Mass Reflections

  • Attend a Reconciliation service each year as scheduled - SUSPENDED FOR 2020-21

  • Participate in community service (Gr. 7 - 2 hours; Gr. 8 - 5 hours; 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.