Catechesis of the Good Shepard (CGS)
(Age 3 - Grade K)
The "Carechesis of the Good Shephers" is a dynamic program for the “little ones”, ages 3 thru Kindergarten. It is the same program that had been offered last year, but called “3, 4, 5 Alive”. St. Margaret of York has four catechists trained and certified in this Montessori-type approach to children’s faith formation. This program is offered from September - May on Sunday mornings during the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses.
Parish Religion Program (PRP)
(Grade 1 - 6)
St. Margaret of York PRP provides faith formation for children in grades 1-6 who attend public schools. PRP includes session options during the summer, for 1st grade – 6th grade, as well as the academic year on Sunday mornings. Families choose the option that best supports parents in their role as primary educators of their children.
7/8 Faith Formation
The faith formation for 7th and 8th graders is through our 7/8 Youth Group. Last year, in the Fall of 2016, we transitioned our 7th and 8th grade students from a PRP classroom model, to a faith formation experience that would occur in a catechetical youth ministry setting. This transition was developed from current research in adolescent development/trends in youth ministry, and has been adopted by a growing number of Catholic parishes in the United States.
We take our curriculum from Lifeteen Edge, a Catholic resource tailored toward Middle School students, and supplement the different evenings with dinner, games, activities, media presentations, large and small group discussion time, Scripture, praise and worship, Adoration, and other opportunities for prayer and fellowship. This youth group is a blend open to all 7th and 8th graders in the parish, regardless of where they attend school. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.