We are actively seeking volunteers for our 2022-2023 faith formation year.
St. Thomas Aquinas needs your help in fulfilling our mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those in our community. Can you give one day a month? Please consider offering your time and talents to one of our faith formation programs. Our family catechetical program as well as youth ministry programs are looking for volunteers who are willing to walk with our children, families, and teens, as they journey toward a deeper and more intimate relationship with our Lord.
We have hundreds of young folks right here that need committed men and women. Is the God calling you to serve? Can you be one of the chosen? If so, complete this Volunteer Interest Form to get started!
Volunteer Opportunities and Catechist Training
Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities
Good news! We have limited spots remaining for CGS on Wednesday from 5:30-6:40 pm. This includes kids three years old through 6th grade! Email or call Brenda Sevcik, [email protected] / 770-842-0253 to secure your spot and register your child.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a common religious experience involving children and adults in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant. This experience is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium. God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six. The growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship. This spiritual growth is best served through tangible but indirect means. “If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage…seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” Sofia Cavalletti
Training in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that will deepen one’s relationship with God. Catechist formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is both instructive as well as experiential. It captivates both the head as well as the heart. It has a holistic approach for the adult, enriching the adult in a background of scripture and liturgy, theology, and prayer, as well as the pedagogy of the young child, helping the adult to see what face of God the young child most needs in order to enter into a relationship with God. Therefore, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd requires the adult to receive training in the method in a way that is “retreat-like,” giving time and space to absorb the richness of what it means to live one’s baptismal covenant and grow in the love and knowledge of God.
What does serving look like?
God bestowed on us unique spiritual gifts! Together these gifts provide all ministries needed by the church to fulfill its mission. We have many opportunities within all our programs starting with elementary school through high school. Positions include but are not limited to lead catechists, group facilitators, program assistant/substitute, office help/hall monitor, Teen Ministry Core Leader, Teen Ministry aide, and Sacrament Core Leaders (First Communion or Confirmation).
I am afraid to commit to a whole year.
We understand. But don’t let that hold you back. We will work with you. Our goal is to gather first and then distribute according to need and your availability.
NO WAY I’M QUALIFIED. Nope, Nah, huh.
Neither were Peter and the others. God works with you and your gifts. We have opportunities for formation, and you’ll never be alone. And just like the twelve, you’ll grow in faith and knowledge. We will offer training opportunities, planning meetings, FF volunteer retreats and even Safe Environment training at STA just for you!
What are my next steps?
Complete this Volunteer Interest Form, and we will get back to you! In addition, all our volunteers should be Safe Environment certified, this means you will have a background screen and go through a training course to create a safe environment for everyone. See here for more information.
If you have children attending the faith formation program next year and you are volunteering in one of our qualified positions, you can receive a 50% discount off the tuition fee! *Refunds will be issued in December, following volunteer participation, Virtus and Background screening completion. Sacrament and retreat fees are not discounted.
What are Volunteer Safe Environment Requirements?
The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires that all adult volunteers (18 years old or older) working with
To register for a Virtus class CLICK HERE. STA will offer multiple Virtus classes in both English and Spanish before the start of the year.
Volunteers who are 13 years old or older should complete the Volunteer Application for Minors with their parent’s permission, and the School Reference for Minors form. Homeschooled minors must provide three references (non-family members).
If you have any questions, please contact Martha Zamorano in the parish office. 770-475-4501 ext: 107