Youth Faith Formation
According to the “National Directory for Catechesis,” the fundamental task of catechesis is the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. “Jesus instructed his disciples; he prayed with them; he showed them how to live; and he gave them his mission….” Faith must be celebrated, lived and expressed in prayer.
Faith formation at St. Elizabeth Seton is based on this model of catechesis. Classes are available for children from age 3 through high school. The presentations are based on the curriculum of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. They also include experiences that reinforce the instruction and relate to life experiences. It is expected that children participate in both religious formation and Sunday Mass.
Sunday mornings, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Wednesday afternoons, 4:130-5:30 p.m.
Kindergarten uses the “Allelu!” textbook series by Our Sunday Visitor.
Grades 1-5 use the “Finding God” series by Loyola Press.
Parent Textbook Schedules
Kindergarten Parent Schedule
First Grade Parent Schedule
Second Grade Parent Schedule
Third Grade Parent Schedule
Fourth Grade Parent Schedule
Fifth Grade Parent Schedule
Grades 6 & 7 – Seton Connect
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Sunday evenings, 7-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Seton offers Seton Connect for middle school youth in grades 6 and 7. This youth group program includes large group presentations, small group discussions and social time. Catechesis is based on the four pillars of the Catholic Church: creed, sacrament, morality and prayer.
Those in grade 8 or older who have already received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to participate in the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation is on Sunday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., or 7-8:00 p.m, and Wednesday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The year will include the 8th grade religious education curriculum, Confirmation preparation and sessions for parents and/or sponsors. All candidates for Confirmation are expected to attend a retreat in May.
High School Youth Group (Seton Hall)
Sunday evenings, 7-8:00 p.m.
As part of the faith formation team at St. Elizabeth Seton, our youth ministry program seeks to form disciples of Christ and his Church. This encompasses opportunities for prayer, sacraments, service, retreats and fellowship. The program is open to any high school student in grades 9-12. Retreats, scripture study, weekly fellowship, social activities, service—join us for one or join us for them all! Meetings take place on Sunday evenings from 7-8:00 p.m.
Additional retreats, spiritual, service and social opportunities take place throughout the year. An updated calendar for high school youth ministry will be available in the fall.
Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation is part of the weekly religious formation program at the second and eighth grade levels. The preparation is designed to support and help families prepare their children as they journey toward full initiation into the Catholic Church.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Children who are in Second Grade in the Fall of 2021 are invited to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Preparation will be held during second grade class sessions throughout the school year.
Children are expected to attend all classes and two retreat days.
Parents are expected to attend an information session and the two retreat days with your child.
Information Sessions (For Parents):
• Sunday, August 22nd from 10:45 – 11:45 AM-
• Tuesday, August 31st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, September 7th from 9:15-10:15 AM
Retreat Sessions (For Parents and Children)
• November 20th
• April 23rd
Those in grade 8 or older who have already received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to participate in the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation is on Sunday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., or 7-8:00 p.m, and Wednesday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The year will include the 8th grade religious education curriculum, Confirmation preparation and sessions for parents and/or sponsors. All candidates for Confirmation are expected to attend the retreat in May.
The “National Directory for Catechesis” states: “We are a single flock under the care of a single shepherd. There can be no separate Church for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities, especially children, are particularly beloved of the Lord and are integral members of the Christian Community. They include those with cognitive disabilities, those with developmental disabilities, those with learning disabilities, the emotionally disturbed, persons with physical disabilities, the hard of hearing, the deaf, the visually impaired, the blind and others. All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the Christian community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life. They are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.” (49).
The staff of St. Elizabeth Seton encourages parents of children with special needs to enroll their children in religious education. The parents and staff will work together to find the most appropriate setting for catechesis for each child. Possibilities include participation in the grade level classroom, the assistance of an instructional assistant, small group instruction, and individual instruction.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for children ages 4-7. They will be invited to participate during the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on those Sundays that Religious Education is scheduled during the school year. No registration is required. Children will be dismissed from the assembly after the opening prayer and will return during the Presentation of Gifts.
The Religious Formation Program at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church relies on the generosity of time and talent of volunteer catechists. Each year, over 100 catechists are needed. Two catechists are assigned to each classroom with up to 20 children.
Orientation sessions are scheduled at the beginning of the year to provide information and guidance to volunteers.
Safe & Sacred Training
All those who volunteer with children in any capacity are required to complete an online Safe & Sacred training course once every three years. Learn more about Safe & Sacred.
Catechist formation sessions are also held throughout the year to provide formation opportunities for all catechists on their own personal faith journeys.
Catechists for children ages 3 through Pre-Kindergarten provide formation for these children during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Ideal catechists for this group would be individuals who do not have preschool-age children, so that the parents can attend Mass during class. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.
Formation sessions for Grades K-5 are offered on:
- Sundays from 8:15-9:15 a.m.
- Sundays from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
- Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Catechists are encouraged to remain in the same grade level each year to gain experience and expertise in the curriculum.
An elementary catechist advisory board includes two lead catechists from each grade level who provide a syllabus and coordinate lesson plans for the grade level. This encourages collaboration among those who teach each grade and provides a consistent experience for all children. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.
Middle School Catechists
Formation sessions for grades 6-8 are held on:
- Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m.
- Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Greg Fleckenstein
High School Catechists
Formation for grades 9-12 is held on Sundays from 7:00-8:00pm
Contact Greg Fleckenstein for more information.
Substitute catechists are required when a catechist needs to be gone for any reason.
Safe & Sacred Training
All who volunteer with children in any capacity are required to complete an online Safe & Sacred training course every three years. For additional information and instructions on completing the training click Safe & Sacred
High School Youth Ministry Core Group
The High School Youth Ministry Core Group works with the High School “Seton Hall” program by planning and facilitating their meetings held on Sundays from 7-8:00 p.m. Contact Greg Fleckenstein at 317-816-0045, ext. 3143, for more information.
Confirmation Retreat Team
Volunteers are needed to assist in planning and facilitating the annual Confirmation retreat each year.
Volunteers are needed to assist in facilitating two retreats for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Children are dismissed from the Nave after the opening prayer and return during the Prayer of the Faithful. The children go to the Daily Mass Chapel for their own Liturgy of the Word to hear the readings and experience a reflection geared toward children ages 4-7. Volunteers may teach, lead songs, assist with crafts and help supervise the children. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.
Volunteers are needed in the Nursery for evenings and weekend events to provide child care for those who are attending parish events. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.
Volunteers are needed for special events such as the reception for First Reconciliation, preparing for Liturgies for First Eucharist and Confirmation, food service for retreat days, and other events that come up throughout the year.
Floaters volunteer one to two times each month during the religious formation sessions. A floater is available for extra help in the classrooms or the office.
Seton Summer Series 2021
Please contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045 ext. 113 with any questions.