Faith Formation for Children and Youth

 

“…their eyes were opened and they recognized him…”  ~Luke 24:31

Registration is now open for 2022-23!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – REGISTRATION 2022-23 +

St. Thomas More uses the Faith and Life series from Ignatius Press for grades one through eight. This series presents Catholic teaching using time-tested ecclesial methodology and spiritual development in a beautiful, student-friendly, and comprehensive format. Each year has a systematic approach covering foundational truths of the faith as presented in the Catechism. The content of the faith unfolds through salvation history as presented in Sacred Scripture and in Sacred Tradition with each grade level having a specific focus.

Grade 1: Our Heavenly Father

Aim: To introduce first-grade students to the Church’s faith regarding the Triune God, the life of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the life of prayer, with a special emphasis on growing to know, love, and trust God.

Grade 2: Jesus Our Life

Aim: To prepare second-grade students for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, and to help them appreciate God’s love for them shown in these two sacraments. Students will learn how to receive the Sacrament of Confession, the order of the Mass, and the basics of prayer.

Grade 3: Our Life with Jesus

Aim: To show third-grade students that they belong to God’s chosen people and that the child’s family is an important part of God’s family, the Church. Also, to encourage prayer and love for God’s law.

Grade 4: Jesus Our Guide

Aim: To help fourth-grade students understand their purpose and goal in life, and to see God’s plan in history and society to lead us all to Heaven, our true, eternal home.

Classes for grades 1, 2, 3 & 4 are on Sundays, 10:05 – 10:55 AM at St. Veronica Chapel, or Mondays, 4:10 – 5:00 PM at St. Thomas More.

Grade 5: Credo: I Believe

Aim: To help fifth-grade students acquire a solid knowledge of God and his Church through the understanding of the Creed we profess, and the distinguished truths of our faith from errors that lead away from the love of God.

Grade 6: Following Christ

Aim: To help sixth-grade students learn to love the moral law as Christ did and to cherish and love the Mass as our best prayer to God, and especially to revere and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Grade 7: The Life of Grace

Aim: To help seventh-grade students treasure the sacraments as indispensable to a full Christian life of love and truth. To understand how grace works and its relation to practicing the virtues, and to appreciate our gifts of reason and faith.

Grade 8: Our Life in the Church

Aim: To help eighth-grade students know and love the Church as Christ’s Body, and respond to the teaching of the Magisterium as the sure voice of Jesus, so that young people may be strengthened through their lives in the Church to face the confusion and secularism of modern-day society.

Classes for grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 are on Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:45 PM at St. Veronica Chapel.

Confirmation I & II:

Formal Confirmation preparation is a year and a half process that begins in 9th grade and culminates with the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 10th grade. Through continued learning, prayer, service, and fellowship, students prepare their hearts to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Classes for Confirmation I & II are on Sundays, 6-7:15 PM at St. Veronica Chapel.

Please Note: Class schedules are emailed directly to parents/guardians who have registered their child(ren)/youth in our program.


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

St. Thomas More parish offers a one-week vacation bible school (camp) every summer, usually the first week of August.  Classes are held at St. Veronica Chapel and include some education, lots of fun, and new friends!

Summer 2022 ~ Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 5th

9 AM until 12 noon at St. Veronica’s Chapel

Click here for VBS Registration.

Steubenville East Conference

Steubenville East is sponsored by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. Since 1997, Steubenville East has provided the New England region with a powerful weekend of evangelization for Catholic teens. Located on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, Steubenville East provides a setting for developing a deeper relationship with Jesus through a weekend conference centered on Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Given the continued restrictions in the Northeast on both the state and campus levels, the 2022 summer conference continues to run into logistical challenges.

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is during the 11 AM Mass at St. Veronica! Children ages 4-10 are invited to participate. Following a blessing from the Priest, a children’s liturgy and homily will be celebrated in the parish hall with children returning to the congregation during the offertory.

Children’s Liturgy has been suspended until further notice.

Catholic Schools

Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School is a Diocesan, Catholic co-educational school welcoming students of all faiths from 18 months to grade 8.
5074 Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879
(401)-789-0860.

The Prout School is a private, coeducational, college-preparatory high school.
4640 Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879
(401)789-9262.

Bishop Hendricken High School is a Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school.
2615 Warwick Ave, Warwick, RI 02889
(401)-739-3450

Click for a complete list of Rhode Island Catholic Schools.

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is provided on a need basis to practicing families.  Inquiries should be made to the Pastor.
Click for more information regarding tuition assistance using the FACTS management program.

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