Sr. High Faith Formation Coordinator: Emilee Steinbach
About Faith Formation Grades 9-12:
Faith Formation sessions for youth in grades 9-12 are held on Sunday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Faith formation sessions include prayer, community building activities, learning about our faith, discussion, and how to go forth in the wider community. The components of Youth Ministry that we focus on are advocacy, catechesis, evangelization, community life, justice and service, leadership, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. Throughout the year, the youth get a variety of learning experiences about our faith through these areas using the Total Youth Ministry and Total Catechesis program as well as Total Youth Access, a web-based program.
Registration for sessions takes place in August and early September. Sessions begin in September and continue through May. Catechist and helpers are needed for these grades.
The youth are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities, including the annual Diocesan Youth Rally held in Iowa City, various Diocesan retreats including Quest, TEC, COR, CIA, CLI, and NCYC a biennial youth conference. For more information on any of these events, contact the Sr. High Youth Director at 641-792-2050.
Faith Journey is an annual, week-long service trip open to any youth in high school and adults interested. The trip consists of a variety of service projects, including but not limited to, painting, preparing and serving meals, building, cleaning, organizing, tear-down, and clean-up. Some organizations we have worked with include, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, food banks, soup kitchens, orphanages, homeless shelters, and more. The group begins fundraising in the fall, and continues through the school year. The group picks a different area to serve every year.
Quest is an overnight retreat for freshmen & sophomores that helps you to focus on loving yourself, loving others and loving God. It’s a chance to get away from your regular routine, meet new people, talk about important issues and have fun!
Deanery Ski Trip
Iowa Institute For Social Action
NCYC – National Catholic Youth Conference
Christ in Others Retreats - sophomores, juniors, and seniors. COR is a weekend full of personal reflection about family and relationships with other people in our lives. A faith-filled experience of fun and friendship.