Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ (Matthew 19:14).
Director of Faith Formation: Ashlee Campbell
St. Louis Church offers a multi-grade religious education setting for children in Pre-K through 10th grade (Pre-K/K, 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade, & 9th/10th grade). All students are welcome and there is no cost to enroll. We recommend parish registration before enrollment. While students attending Catholic schools receive faith training in school, we encourage public school students to join us. Our program meets the Catholic Diocese requirement for religious instruction. Our classes run from mid September to late April. Classes are held in the Church Hall (located below the church in the basement) and occur between the two Sunday Masses, from 9:50a.m. - 10:50a.m. Classes will resume on Catechetical Sunday, September 16th, 2018.
Families that attended faith formation last year are automatically re-enrolled for the 2018-2019 year. You will recieve an email from the DRE in August to confirm your enrollment for the school year.
New families should submit the registration form by August 19th to allow for class planning and purchasing of lessons. If registering after this date, please contact the DRE first to check availability.
Religious Education documents and forms:
Little Saints will be returning for the 2018-2019 academic year! All children, birth to 5 years old (kids through kindergarten), are welcome. Lessons are held during our regular Faith Formation Sunday classes, from 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. and childeren are in class with the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten children.
Lessons are geared toward teaching young children about God and Catholicism through fun, faith-based lessons that will include: songs, age-appropriate Bible readings, prayer, and crafts. Parents are welcome to attend too! Submit the completed Faith Formation registration form to the DRE, Ashlee Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org / 716.834.2439) to join.
Our catechists are knowledgeable parishioners who volunteer their time to pass on the Catholic faith to the next generation. We have a committed group of Catechists who have been with us for several years and we always welcome new Catechists. Our aim is for every grade to be taught by co-catechists and use a team teaching approach. If you are interested in serving as a catechist, please contact the DRE, Ashlee Campbell, (email@example.com / 716.834.2439).
Volunteer Opportunities for Children:
There are a variety of opportunities for our 3rd – 10th grade children to actively volunteer at Mass. Children can lector, usher, present the gifts, and be an altar server. Training for these roles is provided by the church. Children can volunteer as much or as little as desired and at the Mass they typically attend on the weekend.
Young Christian's at Work Retreat (October 2017):
All high school students (at least 13 years of age) are invited to participate in an all-day "Young Christian's at Work" retreat (8-5 p.m.) on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. The goal of the program is to engage teens in community service activities with learning and reflection and social justice. "Young Christians at Work" helps youth think critically about breakdowns in society and how Catholicism calls us to respond in light of the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Confirmation candidates should attend this retreat as theirConfirmation retreat. St. Louis will join St. Joseph’s University Parish for this retreat.
Inquiries, contact the DRE, Ashlee Campbell, at: 716-834-2439 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit completed forms to DRE:
Mail: St. Louis Church
Attn: Ashlee Campbell
35 Edward Street, Buffalo, NY 14202-1505