Christ is at the center of our faith, our Church, our catechesis
We worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics.
Involvement begins early with Children’s Liturgy of the Word which is offered at the 10:15 Mass for 4-year-olds through 1st graders. Here the scriptural readings are presented to children on an age-appropriate level.
To support and nurture children in their baptismal call to a lifetime of growing closer to and more like Jesus, St. Francis de Sales parish provides a variety of ways to embrace the entire treasure of the Christian message through classes in Religious Education. Classes in Catholic formation begin at the Kindergarten level through the 8th grade. Continuous involvement in yearly classes helps the child form lifelong habits of practicing their faith. High school students are invited to join the Witnesses of Christ youth group in our parish.
The summer program (Vacation Bible School) offers fun activities, games, Bible lessons, music and the opportunity to serve one another through snack preparation. It is offered to children entering 1-4th grade and is based on a theme that presents the message of God’s love, a message that will live on in their hearts and minds for a lifetime.
Our yearly Easter Egg Hunt involves parishioners who donate candy, the Youth Group who stuff the plastic eggs, and of course the children who can spot an egg at great distances!
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is given in the 8th grade during Religious Education classes. Students have requirements such as service hours, a letter to the Archbishop, and research of a Saint as they approach this sacred and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Witnesses of Christ (Youth Group) take part annually in Trick or Treat So Others an Eat –a food drive that collects canned and non-perishable food items during the Halloween season. We are proud to announce that last year our youth group collected over 200 items from a local neighborhood to be donated to Catholic Charities. WOC meets during the school year on Sundays to socialize and discuss scripture, Catholic social teachings and other topics pertinent to their faith. They also participate in retreats, reflection days, service projects, and an occasional pool party and car wash.
Summer Vacation Bible School:
Once again St. Francis de Sales Parish will offer a summer program for children entering K through 4th grade. The cost is $25 for one child and $20 for each additional child in the family. You can stop by the parish office to register.