Ministries to Children
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – During the Sunday Celebration of Eucharist (8:30 and 11:00), children are invited to leave the assembly with prayer leaders who celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with them. The first reading and the gospel are proclaimed, a homily/reflection is shared with the children, they pray their own general intercessions and Creed and return to the assembly during the preparation of the gifts. Prayer leaders receive orientation and have resources to direct the sharing. Currently, prayer leaders prefer to minister for a month, taking a turn every 4-5 months.
Parish School of Religion – Catholic faith formation classes for children who attend public school (Kindergarten through grade eight) are held on Sunday mornings from 9:50 – 10:50 a.m. beginning the Sunday after Labor Day through early May, with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and Easter. The core curriculum for grades K-8 is titled Finding God published by Loyola Press (Jesuits). Registration fee for the entire year is $15 per student, which covers the cost of the student’s workbook used in class. We are always looking for volunteer catechists to serve in our PSR program. Please contact the church office if you are interested. All catechist must have Virtus child protection training, which is available for free by the Jefferson City Diocese.
Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School provides Catholic education for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Student teacher ratio is 16-1 with enrollment averaging about 545 students. The three Columbia parishes have equal access to enrollment. Parents enter into a covenant with their parish for financial stewardship for the parish and for Catholic education. Sacred Heart averages 25-30 families at CCS. A member of Sacred Heart Parish serves on the CCS School Board. Initial contact can be made directly with Columbia Catholic School.
Father Tolton Catholic High School is one of the two Catholic high schools in the diocese is located just south of Columbia near Phillips Lake on Gans Road. In 2011-2012, Tolton offers classes for grades 9 and 10 . Grade 11 will be added in 2012-2013 and grade 12 will be added in 2013-2014.
Helias Interparish High School – Helias High School is one of the two Catholic high schools in our diocese. Located in Jefferson City, it is available for students in grades nine through twelve.
Tri-Parish COMO Lifeteen
Life Teen is a national Catholic youth program based out of Mesa, AZ, presented locally in Columbia. The main components of the program are Spirituality, Catholic Catechesis, Social, and Service.
On Sundays we begin with Life Teen at 6:15-8 p.m. It’s fun to learn about your faith with your friends. Our hope is that every Life Night is not just fun, but also challenges you to go deeper in your relationship with God and to know more about your Catholic faith. All Life Teen events are open to high school students (grades 9-12) regardless of registration. Life Nights are held at the Sacred Heart Church in the Activity Building. For more information, contact the Youth Minister, Chelsea Schuster.
Adult Faith Formation
Invites ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life by assisting in the development of personal relationship with Jesus, promoting an attitude of conversion to fostering baptismal spirituality and deepening personal prayer life.
Promotes and supports active membership in the Christian community by actively building households of faith, assisting small faith groups, creating opportunities and providing resources for sharing faith.
Current on-going opportunities and programs:
- Question of the Week – weekly resources published in the bulletin, on-line and as a handout for families, individuals and parish organizations to focus on the Sunday gospel reading.
- Second Sunday Assembly – Intergenerational gathering in October, December, February and April from 5-7 p.m. that includes supper, input, faith sharing, prayer, table activities and take home resources.
- Growing in Faith Newsletter – monthly publication that provides inspiration, information and education on Catholic beliefs and practices.
The Heart of the Matter, a monthly newspaper is mailed to all parishoners. Its goal is to inform, instruct, evangelize and, at times, amuse. It relies on God’s grace and the efforts of many volunteers to fulfill this mission.