“And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5
Our children’s ministries provide opportunities for their baptismal graces to flourish as they continue to grow in relationship with God.
Sunday Faith Formation Classes
Sunday Faith Formation classes offer formation for our parishioner children in preschool - 8th grades who attend a public, non-Catholic private school or are home schooled. Offered September-May, Sundays 10:00-10:50 a.m.
When We Meet
Classes meet at the Parish Center for Pre-k – 4th grades and St. Philomena School for 5th-8th grades. The program is offered September-May from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Early registration is in May, but additional registrations are accepted in August.
For 2018-19, the fees are $40 for the first child, $30 for each additional child in a family. If your child is in a sacramental year (2nd & 8th grades) there is also a $50 fee. If fees are a concern for your family, please contact the office.
Our curriculum is rooted in the knowledge that God invites each of us into a relationship with Him through the Scriptures and we respond through Sacraments. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum is offered for our children pre-k through 4th grades. We Are Disciples, YOUCAT, and a Bible are utilized for 5th-8th grades. All of our teachers (catechists) are volunteers from our parish.
- 2nd Grade students are finalizing their preparation for the sacraments of First Confession and First Communion. The students participate in a “Jesus Day” retreat held during the week prior to making the sacrament. The retreat includes a tour of the church, an opportunity to go to confession, crafts, baking bread, and a special lunch. A Parent meeting is held prior to the reception of the sacraments to allow the whole family to prepare together.
- 5th Grade students have the opportunity to become altar servers (boys and girls) beginning in 5th grade. Training sessions are required. The altar server schedule is prepared by the parish office.
- 8th Grade students preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation and includes a special enrollment Mass in November and an all-day retreat held off-campus.
Infant-Toddler Children's Chapel and Nursery
Our church has both a children's chapel and nursery to welcome our youngest members of the parish.
The children’s chapel (pictured), formerly called the cry room, is located to the right of the sanctuary allowing our little children to see and hear the holy Mass. Behind the children’s chapel is our church nursery. The nursery welcomes children under the age of two with the supervision of a parent the freedom to move, crawl, toddle, and explore in quiet play while listening to the Mass. The nursery also has a changing table and nursing area for mothers.
Infant-Toddler Sign and Sing StoryTime with Communication Junction
Join us in the parish center toddler room as Communication Junction presents our fall, winter, and spring sessions of Sing and Sing StoryTime for children: infant-4 years of age. Thursdays, 8:45-9:15 a.m., $35 per family. The fall 2018 session is October 4 - December 6, with no class on November 1 or 22. Contact the parish office for information.
3 Year Old Preschool
St. Philomena Parish offers a 3-year-old Montessori preschool on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and an afternoon program 12:00-3:00 p.m. Join us for an informational parent meeting for the 2019-20 school year in January of 2019 in the St. Philomena parish center banquet room, 6:30-7:30 pm. Meet our Director, Jenny Witt; Head Teacher, Jennifer Williams; and Assistant, Katy Matarelli as we overview the program, provide a tour of our classroom and distribute admission packets.