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.
Little Saints will be returning for the 2017-2018 academic year! All children, birth to 5 years old (kids through kindergarten), are welcome. Lessons will be held during our regular Faith Formation Sunday classes, 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. (between the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Masses). Classes are offered a few times each month. Lessons will be 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. Snacks will be provided so please let me know of any allergies. Parents are welcome to attend too! Registration is easy- please contact the DRE, Ashlee Campbell (email@example.com / 716.834.2439) with the name/ages of your child(ren) and any allergies.
Little Saints families are also welcome to attend the St. Louis “People of Faith: Living as Disciples” events. These are family-friendly events that focus on our Catholic faith, heritage, and service.
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.
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.
Religious Education documents and forms:
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