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

DIRECTOR:  Bethanne Maus-Schaefer

This Page is Under Construction for 2022-23 - please check back in August to be sure the information has been updated for 2022-23.

We look forward to partnering with you to help our young teenagers continue learning about and practicing their faith. They find out what it means to be growing in relationship with Jesus and following him, especially through service to others.

7th & 8th Grades
We offer Alpha for seventh and eighth graders every other year.  On the opposite year, we use Ascension Press’ The Teen Timeline (T3).  It is a program that teaches teens the Bible by showing them the “big picture” of salvation history.  We also  delve into the New Testament and the Book of Revelation.

9th Grade
The first semester we use the video series YOU—Life, Love and the Theology of the Body. The second semester we teach about moral decision-making and to the importance of making good decisions so that we can be Catholic role models.


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 *

  • Complete Service Hours and submit Service Hour Form(s) **

  • 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.

*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.

** Service hour requirement – 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.

Find the Service Hour Form Here

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 Forms 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 at 262-679-0880.

Youth Holy Hour - replaces Reconciliation.

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 8 Mass Reflections

  • Attend a Youth Holy Hour

  • Participate in community service - 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.