Sunday, April 02, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome to Religious Education! Our goal is to help our children grow to become true disciples of Jesus Christ by building relationships with them, being examples for them and teaching them God’s Word.
JAM (Jesus and Me) Religious Education classes are for our Preschool and Kindergarten children of the parish. Activities are joyful and involve movement, song, puppets, stories, and scripture! It is designed for those Pre-K children age 4 by August 1, 2022 and Kindergarten children age 5 by August 1, 2022. Classes occur during the school year from 8:45 -10:15am.
Religious Education classes are held twenty Sundays from August to May. Sessions take place at St. Malachy School from 8:45 - 10:15 am. allowing children to participate at Mass with their families in order to apply and reinforce the faith formation they are experiencing during the Religious Education classes. Although parents are the first teachers of the faith, it is important for children to learn about their faith with their peers and from other adults’ perspectives.
On Sunday mornings during the school year, middle school students in grades 6th and 7th grade, meet for Faith Formation sessions. During this time, the middle school youth learn how to be "joyful witnesses of the Gospel," while building in community. The sessions take place at St. Malachy School from 8:45 am - 10:15 am allowing the youth to participate at Mass with their families in order to apply and reinforce the faith formation they are experiencing during their sessions.
What a wonderful week we had at VBS! Our theme this year was a great big beautiful world based on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home).
112 students journeyed through stations of games, story and snack time, music and crafts to learn how God created and cares for the earth and how we can help Him by caring and preserving all that He has made. Each day opened with prayer and a special Bible verse for the day.
Each day focused on a different theme and bible verse and all activities were theme focused.
One parent wrote “The week seemed to flow so smoothly, and the performance of so many little voices and hand motions was so sweet. We reflected on the way home that THIS week is an example of what makes our Catholic community so special. For all these young kids, they had fun being immersed in a very Catholic environment. We knew so many families from sports teams, Brownsburg schools, JAM/Religious Ed … but the common thread is we are all Catholic and the sense of community was certainly felt.” A child leaving on the last night of VBS was heard saying after his mom said it was the last night, “what do you mean I can’t come back tomorrow night, I want to come back!”
Much gratitude and appreciation goes out to the 43 parent and student volunteers who helped with groups, stations, music and preparation! It does take a village and we are truly blessed to have such wonderful volunteers!
VBS occurs the third week of June every year, we would love to have you come join us next year! Be on the lookout for our new theme next April!
Quest Middle School Youth Ministry is a ministry for the young church, grades 6th through 8th, to gather to grow deeper in faith and friendship in a Christ-centered environment.
Journey High School Youth Ministry is a ministry for the young church to come together to walk beside each other as they seek the truth through faith, friends, food, and fun.
Children's Religious Education Coordinator
office: 317-852-3195 x7001
Youth Ministry Director