"Parents are the primary educators in the faith"(GDC 255) and with this in mind we offer the following programs to supplement and support our families as they seek to share the gift of faith with their child(ren).
Middle School Grades 6 and 7
Young people discover God's
plan for them and God's revelation of Himself to us. They delve into the Sacraments and discuss and apply lessons in Catholic Social
Justice and morality, discover salvation history and explore the long and rich history of the Catholic Church. Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 PM at
the Centerville Elementary School. Registration
in the Faith Formation Program is required.
Middle Youth Activities - Watch the weekly Bulletin for events and details.
Eighth Grade and Confirmation (A two year program)
Grade Nine Confirmation Preparation (Year 1)
Exploration of Man's thirst for God - who is Jesus? What is truth? What is prayer and how does it bring me closer to
God? Retreat and service projects are
part of the program and Youth are strongly encouraged to participate in St.
Gen's Youth activities to grow in community and relation to one another. Classes
meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00
PM at the Parish Community Center, October through May. (Refer to Calendar for dates.)
Grade 10 Confirmation Preparation & Reception of Sacrament (Year 2)
Students explore what it
means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ. How does Mary, the Mother
of God point us to Jesus? What does it
mean to be confirmed and what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? How do I wrap my arms around this faith and
become a witness for Jesus Christ?
Students participate in a Life in the Spirit Retreat (required) and
another retreat experience of their choosing. Youth are strongly encouraged to participate in St. Gen's Youth
activities to grow in community and relation to one another. Classes meet
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
at the Parish Community Center, October through May. (Refer to Calendar for dates.)
Created in the Image of God
A component of all child and youth curriculum focusing on helping children understand their innate dignity - wonderfully created by God with the right to be treated with love and honor. This comes out of the Protection of Children and Youth Initiative mandated by the Archdiocese and helps youth and their parents to be knowledgeable and aware of the world around them empowering them to respond appropriately and to create a safe and healthy environment.
St Gen's Youth (high school grades 9 through 12)
Opportunities to participate in and create community within the parish. Activities include attending NET Masses together, service and group outings, Catholic Heart work-camp, Steubenville Youth Conferences. It is open to all high school youth, with occasional programs for Middle School Youth. Please see Bulletin for announcements of events and details September through May.
St. Gen's Youth CORE Team (Active Leadership)
The CORE team is a leadership team of youth and adults. Its goal is outreach - reaching out to youth who will always know they are welcome and wanted, and witness - living in such a way as to grow in faith and commitment as disciples of Christ, and thereby lead others to know Jesus in their own lives. The CORE team works together providing youth ministry that touches all parts of the life of the youth and brings them to a living faith as true disciples of Christ, seeing and reaching out to others in love. Developing leadership abilities in all youth, allowing each to bring his or her gifts forth as leaders and servants of Christ. The CORE team meets the second Thursday of each month at the Faith Formation Center at 7:00 PM.