Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH FORMATION
The Middle School Youth program offers students in grades six through eight (or comparable age as is set in the public school system) a comprehensive approach to their faith formation including class sessions, service opportunities and community building. Each week students meet in class to learn, discuss, and pray together. There is also a retreat offered for each grade level during the school year. In addition to class sessions, there are opportunities monthly to gather together socially to get to know each other and to be the hands and face of God in service to others. It is our hope that through these experiences of study, prayer, fellowship, and service, youth will come to understand their call as Catholic Christians.
Middle School Faith Formation
Faith Formation sessions begin in September and end in early May. Registration for sessions is ongoing and is open to students in grades 6, 7 & 8 or the age equivalent as is set in the public school system. Eighth grade registration (as year 1 preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation) MUST be complete by the first session of the year. Registration after the first session will result in an absence for each week delayed.
Middle School youth activities are open to students in grades 6, 7 & 8.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in Grade 8 in order to celebrate the Sacrament in the fall of Grade 10.
8th Grade Pre-requisite Formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in High School, which ordinarily occurs when the youth is in the (10th) tenth grade. The free-standing, parish-conducted Confirmation formation program is distinguished from the required two year prerequisite foundational religious education program. Youth should attend a Catholic school or a parish religious education program for at least two years before enrollment in the free-standing parish specific Confirmation formation program.
At St. Thomas Aquinas, the earliest a foundational year is in (8th) eighth grade (called year 1). Foundational preparation continues through a variety of options generally during (9th) ninth grade (called year 2). Students are expected to attend 80% of sessions to proceed to year 2.
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