"Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. [...] The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called 'the domestic church,' a community of grace and prayer,
a school of human virtues and of Christian charity,"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church §1653, 1666).
At Assumption, we partner with parents so our homes grow as the 'domestic churches' they're called to be. Our three new flexible models let you choose the best fit for your family. Each comes with the materials parents and kids need, plus access to parish staff, catechists, and resources. We’ve got your back! The lessons are based on the Bible, are easy to follow, and include prayer, games, and crafts. Our program for sacraments also includes a retreat per unit, and Family Nights through the year.
Family models allow you to pick what best fits you
Every child and catechist receives a Catechism Kit (CateKit) with the materials they need. This gives families flexibility and protects their health (more here)
To determine where to place your child in our new program, discern your way through the two steps below.
Step 1: Family Models
First, choose the model that best fits your family.
HOME-BASED MODEL: Families teach at their own pace. Feel free to co-op lessons with family friends in the same program. Families meet with the formation director and the pastor for casual ‘check-ins’ to hang out with your spiritual father and ask any questions you might have.
STUDY HALL MODEL: Catechists and materials are available whenever requested (Monday - Thursday, 9-6pm) for families to teach at their own pace. Family friends can co-op lessons.
NOTE: Those who are vaccinated against Covid do not need to wear a mask.
CLASSROOM MODEL (BEGINS IN THE FALL): On Tuesday evenings, parents join their child’s class where parents help their kid, share insights, and model the faith. Are you enrolling multiple kids in the program? Rotate between classrooms weekly.
Step 2: Kid Tracks
Next, choose their correct track for this year.
CHRISTENED DISCIPLES: for Kindergarten and 1st Grade students
BEGINNING DISCIPLES: for 2nd-5th graders who need sacraments.
In Fall, kids study SALVATION HISTORY.
In Spring, baptized kids study mercy, sin, and RECONCILIATION, kids who aren't baptized Catholic study BAPTISM and the Church.
Includes five Family Nights and two Retreats
GROWING DISCIPLES: for kids who've gone to Confession this year, but aren’t Confirmed. Sacraments are received together in the Spring.
They study CONFIRMATION in the Fall.
They study the EUCHARIST and Mass in Spring.
Includes five Family Nights and two Retreats
COMMISSIONED DISCIPLES: Confirmed 2nd-5th graders
With families, this is tailored to the kid's spiritual growth through prayer, charisms, and service.
If they haven't studied SALVATION HISTORY, have them join the BEGINNING DISCIPLES for a semester.
Middle & High School
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young
but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct,
in love, in faith, and in purity." -1st Timothy 4:12
4:12 Youth Group
Meets Thursdays from 6-8:30pm.
All teens are invited to youth group called 4:12 (from 1st Timothy 4:12) on Thursdays, which starts with our parish hour of Adoration and Confession from 6-7pm, and then goes to 8:30pm. Along with large group nights, they’ll be in DISCIPLESHIP SMALL GROUPS where adult Disciplers accompany them on their faith journey by study, prayer, and fun as they grow in friendship, virtue, and love of God.
Teens who need sacraments
IN- PERSONAL CLASSES RETURN IN THE FALL.
AB Year: Teens who aren’t baptized or haven’t gone to Confession at least once a year for the last two years begin with ADOPTED in the Fall to understand the sacraments in light of the covenants, and BLESSED in the Spring to study Baptism and the Church.
CD Year: Teens who've completed their AB Year and those regularly go to Confession enter CHOSEN in the Fall to study Confirmation and the Spirit's work in their lives, and then DESIRED in the Spring to study the Mass and the Eucharist. Teens will receive Confirmation and First Communion (and Baptism, if needed) together at a special Mass in the Spring.
PARENTS OF TEENS preparing for sacraments participate in the formation program of their choice, such as teaching their younger children in the given kid models above, joining a bible study, participating in a faith sharing or prayer group, joining RCIA on Sundays, participating in Thursday evenings of Adoration, or attending Catholic Assumptions monthly. Discuss options with us.