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 – Religious Formation sessions for children who attend public school (Kindergarten through grade eight) are held on the 1st, 3rd,4th, and 5th Sunday mornings from 9:50 – 10:50 from mid-September through early May, with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring. There are no Sunday morning sessions on the second Sunday of each month. Four times a year, an intergenerational catechetical assembly is held on the second Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Session focuses on the theme of the PSR textbook with supper, input, table activities, and prayer. On three second Sundays, textbook lessons are sent home for a “household” lesson. The core curriculum for grades K-8 is published by Harcourt Religion Publisher: Call to Faith. A Parent Handbook is available on request. Volunteer catechists are provided formation and ongoing assistance throughout the year.
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.
Life Teen for Youth
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 Mass at 5 p.m., followed by Life Nights from 6:05-8 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 St. Thomas More Newman Center in the Multipurpose Room (upstairs). For more information, contact the Youth Minister, Kelley Burns.
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.
Our library has a wide selection of current materials in print. The circulation system is very user friendly. Books and videos can be checked out any time the Activity Building is open. One unit of shelving contains books and videos for children.