This is a cluster-wide Faith Formation Program serving public school children in Grades K-9 from the parishes of Holy Spirit, St. John Cantius and St. Anthony. It also provides Sacramental preparation programming for all children in the three parishes. Each year 350-400 children and youth take part in a SAS-sponsored event with the help and support of parents, clergy and many wonderful volunteers.
Registration for classes is done in the spring of the year for the school year starting the following fall. Classes for K-8 are held Wednesday nights at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony School Building, following a rough schedule of two consecutive weeks of classes followed by one week off. Classes for Grade 9 are held once a month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as well as a retreat. Watch the bulletin for exact schedules; schedules are also distributed at the beginning of the school year to families participating.
Once every month during the school year, Spirit & Saints offers a presentation for parents and youth on topics of interest, including such things as depression, drug addiction, suicide, life after death, etc. These presentations are held on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony Parish Center. Everyone is welcome, and there is no fee.
Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
In their second grade year, students from both the Catholic schools and the public schools gather together to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The meetings, and the events themselves, are organized on a parish basis, but all events are open to anyone in the cluster. First Reconciliation usually occurs in December and First Eucharist in April or May.
Sacramental Preparation – Confirmation
In Confirmation, the Cathedral students join us as we review faith formation in a new way, reflecting their increased maturity level. These students meet every week at St. John Cantius from 7:45-9:15 p.m. for a 13-week session in either the spring or the fall. Students have other requirements as well, including a journal to complete with a mentor and a service component. Starting in the 10th grade year, the students can take as long as they want to prepare for the sacrament. When the students have completed the requirements, they will be included in the next Confirmation group.
Ginny Duschner (252-0535 Ext. 101)
website: Spirit and Saints Faith Formation