“The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!”
– Pope Francis
Details of our program for the upcoming 2021-2022 year is outlined in our Welcome Letter to Parents and in our Youth Ministry Schedule. Registrations will be mailed out by the end of August, if you are new to the parish or did not receive your registration, please contact our office.
Directof of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry
2021- 2022 Catechesis Year
Our meeting times will stay in the evening the first and third Sunday nights of each month 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There are also several wonderful service opportunities scheduled Saturdays those same weekends. Please refer to our 2021-2022 Youth Ministry Schedule.
Middle School – 7th and 8th grade
Using “Quick Catholic Lessons” as a foundational resource, our middle schoolers can learn about their faith and dive deeper into what it means to be Catholic. This curriculum offers YouTube videos that accompany lessons laid out in this book.
Supplemental lessons, encouraging our 7th and 8th graders that sainthood has no age limit, we learn about the “25 Under 25”- young saints that dared to live their life for the Lord and died an u
ntimely death. We also learn what it means to become a saint and the process by which someone obtains sainthood status. Some holy young people highlighted are St. Kateri, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, St. Maria Goretti, St. Stanislaus, Bl Carlo Acutis, Bl. Pier Frassati.
Utilizing another Ascension curriculum, our freshman level students will dive deeper into learning about the Mass with “Altaration”. With chapters that teach about battling distractions, altar serving and the why we do what we do at Mass our freshmen will get a stronger handle on how to get more out of Mass.
10th Grade/ Confirmation
There are three main parts to our Confirmation Curriculum which are:
These three main do not alone complete the preparation as there are many dates and classes throughout the year as well as a time for immediate prep for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring. This Catechetical year, three service opportunities will need to be completed along with the accompanying reflection sheet.
For foundational lessons, we will use “Decision Point”. Some lessons we will jump into are sessions 1-4 and sessions 7-10 which includes topics like– life is choices; what’s holding you back; the Jesus question; prayer process; the Eucharist; Holy Spirit; the Church and Confirmation. That last chapter--Confirmation--will propel us forward into “Chosen” for Sacramental immediate prep.
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Service opportunities will be offered throughout our Catechetical year pending any Covid Restrictions. Each opportunity is open to all Middle and High School members of our parish family. The following are our service options and ideas:
- Fall Clothing Drive
- Fall Rake and Run
- Blessing Bags for the needy on the street
- Joseph House Winter Walk
- Spring Clean Up at OLS.
If allowed, I would also like to take a field trip at the end of the year, perhaps to Auriesville or possible have an end of the year gathering at OLS for a retreat day.
To register for faith formation:
Fill out your registration form and pay your tuition fees online through our WeShare site. Please be advised that there is a $5 convenience fee.
Or register by simply downloading registration forms at the link below and mail to:
Our Lady of Victory
55 North Lake Avenue
Troy, NY, 12180
Remember to include the registration fee ($50 per child/$100 per family). If you have a child making a sacrament add an additional $25 Sacramental Prep fee.
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