St. Stephen’s Elementary Faith for Life program seeks to hand on the faith to our children in Grades 1-5 in a safe yet vibrant community. We have a great team of catechists, many of whom are teachers and many of whom are not, that all possess a love of and for children and desire for them to know the greatest love of all – that which Jesus has for them. Elementary Faith for Life sets the foundation of our faith in the hearts of our children by teaching:
- The basics of the Bible
- The Holy Trinity
- The Paschal Mystery (suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus)
- The Seven Sacraments
- The Church as the Body of Christ
- The Church Year
- Lives of the Saints
- Catholic Social Teaching
This year our elementary program will be using Loyola Press’s Finding God curriculum. Finding God focuses on the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, scripture, and Catholic Social Teaching. These fundamental lessons are taught to the children in an exciting and engaging way that focuses on the child was a whole person – body, mind, and soul. There are lots of resources for both the classroom and parents at home! We also use resources from around the world including websites such as Catholic Icing, Look to Him and Be Radiant, Catholic All Year, and Pinterest.
We in the Faith for Life Ministry at St. Stephen’s also seek to build a good habit in the children of prayer, the Eucharist, and Reconciliation. We encourage families to bring their children to Mass every weekend and we also go to Mass with the Parish Community one-to-two times a year. Each class in grades 3-5 receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation once a year during class time as well.
We would love to have you join our Elementary Faith for Life Community. We meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. (families choose the day that work best for them), and sessions begin in mid-September and go through the first week of May, culminating with a May crowning of Mary. Registration begins in April and continues throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. Please contact Cristian Reyes Rogriguez ; 763-712-7440 if you would like more information on Elementary Faith for Life.
Vacation Bible School
Save the dates of July 29 – August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon!
Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures as they travel through field-tested rotations. Together we will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this “wild” life. Just as our church and school buildings will be transformed into an African savanna full of vibrant colors and untamed grasslands, so too will the lives of all who join us be transformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!
Register for VBS 2019 online by July 15.
Download the VBS 2019 registration form (PDF) , print, and return to the parish office by July 15.
We look forward to a faith-filled week of fun this summer!
Please contact Maredith Toweh or call 763-712-7439 with questions.