Saint Andrew Catholic Church and School

Youth Faith Formation

FAITH FORMATION

 

Totus Tuus is everything Vacation Bible School should be: exciting and entertaining, faith-based and fun—but with an emphasis on what’s great about being Catholic!

When:  Sunday - Friday, July 7-12

  • Grades 1-5: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Grades 6-12: Sunday-Thursday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Visit our Totus Tuus webpage.


To register for faith formation, please review and complete the forms linked below:


2024-2025 Faith Formation Registration Forms (fillable PDFs)

All completed forms can be emailed to faithformation@saint-andrew.net or mailed to:

Faith Formation
Saint Andrew Catholic Church
566 4th St NW
Elk River, MN 55330

Payment may be made by clicking the button below:

 or make a check payable to "Church of Saint Andrew."

 

2024-2025 Faith Formation Program Outline

The faith formation program for all grades is made up of four components:

  1. Youth formation that includes on-site, grade appropriate lessons for youth - meeting approximately every other week (a total of 12 lessons throughout the year)
  2. A family activity that meets approximately every other month where the entire family attends together.
  3. A parent program that meets several times throughout the year to grow in faith and build community.
  4. Ministry opportunities - Each family will complete at least one ministry activity together at some point during the formation year.

Weekly Updates with schedules, lessons and additional information will be emailed to all families registered for the 2024-2025 Faith Formation program. Registration information can be located above. Also check out the youth ministry opportunities available to all youth in grades 5 - 12 (Youth Ministry link).

Youth Formation

Grades 1 - 4

Will meet on-site in the St. Andrew school approximately every other Wednesday (6:30-7:45 PM). Adult leaders will utilize a curriculum called Faith and Life by Ignatius Press.

Grades 5 - 10

Sunday Option Wednesday Option
  • Meets on-site approximately every third Sunday evening from 6:30-7:30 PM
    • Participants will gather in small groups for one hour
    • Videos from Altaration (Grades 5 - 7) and Chosen: Your Journey Towards Confirmation by Ascension Press (grades 8 - 10) will be used to introduce a topic or lesson followed by small group discussion
    • Small group discussion will be led by an adult leader. Leaders will utilize a discussion guide that compliments the video.
    • The group will share life and share prayer by praying lectio divina with the Gospel reading for Sunday.
  • Meets on-site approximately every other Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:45 PM
  • A typical session for grades 5 - 7 will include:
    • A large group gathering with everyone that includes an activity such as a skit, game or ice-breaker
    • A 10-15 min talk by a youth minister
    • 20 - 30 minutes small group time led by adult leader. The group will share life and prayer and discuss reactions to the talk provided by the youth minister.
    • 10 min wrap up with large group gathering to explore a lesson or story from the Bible
  • A typical session for grades 8 - 10 will include:
    • Videos from Chosen: Your Journey Towards Confirmation by Ascension Press to introduce a topic
    • Small group discussion will be led by an adult leader. Leaders will utilize a discussion guide that compliments the video.
Confirmation Study Material
Parent Program

Since all of us are part of the parish community, our goal is to serve not only the youth, but also the adults. Our goal is to grow together in our parish by connecting with others, with all families feeling part of the wider family of Christ. To accomplish this goal, parents of students enrolled in the faith formation program are expected to attend Parent Nights. Parent Nights usually align with Grade 1 - 7 meeting dates. At parent nights, adults will be given the opportunity to connect with other parents from our parish and grouped with other parents who share some kind of interest or connection. Appetizers will be provided as parents listen to a witness talk, then reflect on that talk with others in their group. Click >>HERE<< to tell us what interests/hobbies you have and about the others that you would like to be grouped with. 

Family Activity

A Family Activity will take place approximately every other month at the church on Wednesdays (6:30-7:45 PM). This will be an opportunity for families to learn together! Some examples of these activities include dinner (provided by the parish), lessons for the whole family, workshops, mass and/or prayer. These sessions are part of the Faith Formation program and all youth and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Ministry Activities

Jesus commanded us to show our love of God by loving and serving each other. "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40). Throughout the year, ministry activities will be offered approximately once a month to provided oppotunities for service. Each family in the faith formation program is strongly encouraged to choose one ministry activity at some point during the year and serve together. Ministry opportunities will include events such as the Fall Festival, Feed My Starving Children, Second Harvest and making sandwichs for the Sandwich Project. Once you have completed a ministry project, record your service by filling out this form: click >>HERE<<. To see upcoming opportunities and to sign up, visit the St. Andrew Volunteer Local webpage at www.standrewscatholicchurch.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/

Shared Life & Shared Prayer at Home
Find the Scripture reading for each Day or Weekend at https://bible.usccb.org/

Lectio Divina means "divine reading".  It is a method for praying with the Scriptures.  Saint Paul wrote, "The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) We believe that the Holy Spirit is the principle author of Scripture. In our practice of praying with Scripture through Lectio Divina, we are mindful of the Word being living, as it speaks directly into our hearts. We are hopeful that it will become effective, as it moves us to action in our lives.