Faith Formation provides religious instruction and faith activities to public school children and youth from preschool through grade 10.
Through instruction and activities, we seek to support and encourage students, to help them see themselves through the eyes of a loving God, in a comfortable, friendly and safe environment. The Faith Formation team accomplishes this mission through the work of parish staff members, the service of many dedicated volunteers and the commitment of faithful parents and students.
Our program promotes a close relationship with God through the gifts of His presence in scripture, sacraments, and people; and offers a Catholic information blueprint for our youth to use as they build their faith through adulthood. Instruction and events for young people are based on Holy Scripture and Catholic Doctrine handed down by the Holy See and the Catholic Magisterium.
Wednesday Night Dinner
Dinner is served 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the O’Gara Social Hall on Wednesday nights.
Catechists (teachers) and children meet 6:15-7:15 p.m. at St. Dominic School on Wednesday nights. Structure of Learning is as follows:
- Preschool — Old and New Testament Bible Stories
- Kindergarten — Old and New Testament Bible Stories
- First Grade — Prayer: Our Conversations with God
- Second Grade — Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist
- Third Grade — Life in the Church: Liturgical Seasons and The Saints
- Fourth Grade — The Bible: Listening and Responding to God
- Fifth Grade — The Mass, the Sacraments, and our participation in the life of Christ
Middle School (Grades 6-7-8)
Middle school meets 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the O’Gara Social Hall on Wednesday nights. Middle school students and adult mentors gather as small table groups of 6-8 people to hear dynamic instruction from our pastor, Fr. Denny Dempsey, and participate in spirited activities hosted by Coordinators Jen & Mike Wallin.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
St. Dominic Faith Formation Program and St. Dominic School children in grade 2 prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2013) and Holy Eucharist (weekend Masses on May 3 & 4, 2014). Classroom meetings for students as well as special sessions for students and their parents are a part of the interactive learning experience of sacramental preparation.
Older students who have not received these sacraments are encouraged to participate in the program at their grade level with additional, individualized sacramental preparation arranged through the Director of Faith Formation.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year program of spiritual formation and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Year I focus study is God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit, His presence in the church and the sacraments, and deepening our prayer life. Year II focus study is the human response to God’s call to holiness, the foundation of the moral life, and deepening our prayer life.
Students participate in the life of the church through Sunday Mass attendance, small and large group gatherings, community service, scheduled chapel visits, and retreats. The emphasis is not placed so much on receiving the sacrament as to enabling students to live their sacramental commitment after being confirmed.
Confirmation preparation is open to students entering Grade 9 and older. The two-year process begins in the Fall of Year I and is completed in the Spring of Year II.
Confirmation this year will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Church.
St. Dominic Faith Formation plans and presents the following special celebrations to which all parishioners are invited:
- Living Rosary, held at St. Dominic School (Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
- Christmas Pageant and potluck dinner, held at St. Dominic Church (Saturday, December 14, 2013; 6:00 p.m., potluck; 7:00 p.m., pageant
- Living Stations of the Cross, held at St. Dominic School (Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:15-7:15 p.m.)
- Mass, picnic dinner and Bingo, held at St. Dominic Church (Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:45-7:15 p.m.)
Mara Mangan, Director of Faith Formation, (507) 645-8816 ext. 205 or