Weekly Classes

Weekly Classes for Children and Youth

There are many wonderful opportunities for children and youth, families and adults, to grow in their Catholic Faith and their personal relationship with God. We offer different methods of formation to best serve each child and teen based on where they are in their development. See below for more details!

Pre-K and Kindergarten

For our youngest disciples, we offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 for 3 year olds-Kindergarteners. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in the ‘Atrium’, a room prepared just for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they will use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of our Catholic Faith. It is a sensorially rich experience for our littlest followers of Christ, that gives them the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through our Christian tradition.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level 1 for ages 3-6 (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Meet Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm on Wednesdays
Curriculum: Children in Level I spend time enjoying and nurturing a relationship with the Good Shepherd. They are deeply affected by the boundless love of the shepherd for His sheep, as described in Scriptures. They learn that He knows His sheep, calls them by name, searches for a lost sheep, and celebrates the found sheep. Materials and presentations on the life of Christ and His teachings help to make the great mystery of who God is more understandable for the child.
Class Size: 10 maximum

1st and 3rd – 6th Grade

We are using Sophia Institute’s Spirit of Truth curriculum for grades 1 and 3-6. Spirit of Truth provides interactive, catechist-led sessions every week, including vivid sacred art reflections, stories of the saints, games, role-plays, and critical thinking questions. We will cover the breadth of the Catechism in a rich and age-appropriate way to help students internalize the Faith and apply it to their own lives.

1st Grade

Meet Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm on Wednesdays

3rd & 4th Grade

Meet Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm on Wednesdays

5th-6th Grade

Meet Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm on Wednesdays

First Sacraments & Confirmation

The universal Church along with our local ordinary has requested that all sacramental preparations be completed within the parish community. With this directive in mind and in an attempt to keep the integrity and character of each sacrament intact, we ask families for some concrete ways in which the community can tangibly see our hearts, our homes, and our children being sufficiently disposed to begin sacramental preparations at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish. There are a few things that must be in place before a child can enter sacramental preparations at St. John’s:

  • Regular participation in the Sacramental life of the Church (ie., Sunday Liturgy and Holy Days of Obligation and Reconciliation)
  • Ongoing formation and catechesis of sort. (ie., enrollment in a Catholic School, enrollment in a Faith Formation program, or home-schooled curriculum)
  • For anyone who has not had an opportunity for ongoing formation of any sort, an individual formation plan will be created.

The above is considered remote preparation for sacraments and during the year or years leading up to the reception of a sacrament, there are more immediate preparations that we ask children and families to be involved in through their home parish(es).

  • First, register your child for the sacramental preparation program at your home parish
  • Second, at St. John’s there will be an application process. This process will be explained at parent meetings in the fall of each school year.
  • There will be required prayer opportunities, retreats, gift of self-service opportunities, and educational experiences and materials to help each child prepare their hearts for reception of the sacrament being prepared for. These sessions will be specific to each sacrament and handed out in preparation packets at the parent meeting in the fall of each year.

First Reconciliation & First Communion

Children usually receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade. Our school families use a home-based catechetical program, where parents and children learn together. To prepare the children to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation & First Communion, we use Family Formation Home Lessons, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (or their Catholic school), and two retreat days. We want to equip you in every way we can to be the primary educators of your children in the faith. The Family Formation lessons do just that. In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, children will learn and talk about our response to God’s Covenant with us. And finally, the retreats are aimed at giving each child the time and the space to go deeper in their relationship with the Good Shepherd. Our faith formation families will use the Renewed and Received program through Ascension Press for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. This program combines a workbook, video, and at-home parent videos to help the child grow in knowledge of these sacraments.


Confirmation preparation usually begins in the fall of 7th grade and continues through the 8th grade with the reception of the sacrament in the spring of candidate’s 8th grade year. Confirmation Preparation is weekly on Wednesday evenings. Candidates meet in a small group to go through the Ascension Press Chosen program. This program engages the hearts of our youth to become lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, and advocates for His Church. For more information on Chosen, click HERE. Along with Chosen, candidates are prepared through Gift of Self Hours (service), Hours of Encounter (prayer), a retreat, meetings with their sponsors, and follow up conversations with their parents.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

*Financial hardship should never be a barrier for families to participate in our programming. Scholarships are available. Please contact the Parish Office for assistance.

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