Life Long Learning
The parish communities of St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas understand that faith formation is a lifelong journey.
Faith Formation is personal but also communal. We seek to develop tools and provide opportunities that engage persons individually and collectively.
We pray that the experience of belonging to our faith communities enrich your walk with Jesus Christ, ever increasing your love of God and love of neighbor.
Faith Formation for Children
Our children’s faith formation begins with kindergarten and goes on until their tenth grade of high school. Our Sunday School runs from 10:40-11:20 on Sunday mornings during the normal school year. The goal of this program is to give our young ones a firm background in their Catholic faith and to prepare them for receiving the Sacraments of the Church, particularly First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.
Students must begin at least in first grade in order to prepare for receiving First Communion in the spring of second grade. Students must also begin Confirmation classes in ninth grade to receive that sacrament in the spring of tenth grade.
Sunday School Program
Sunday School runs from September to May from 10:40-11:20 at Saint Patrick’s. Please contact the Rectory for more information. Below, our scope and sequence for the program can be found.
Kindergarten: God’s Love and His Gifts
First Grade: Sunday Worship and Church Community
Second Grade: Forgiveness and Eucharist
Third Grade: Church (as One, Holy, Catholic, & Apostolic)
Fourth Grade: Living as God and What the Church Teaches
Fifth Grade: Sacraments
Sixth Grade: Old Testament
Seventh Grade: Jesus Teaches Us How to Live and His Passion, Death, & Resurrection
Eighth Grade: The Church’s Beginning
Ninth Grade: Morality, Service, and Church
Tenth Grade: Confirmation
To enroll your child please call or text the faith formation office at 607-797-3304 or email our Director of Faith Formation at Jeanne@sta-sp.org.
Vacation Bible School: Kingdom Rock
Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. Here, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale—it changes kids forever. PCA wide event for all children K-5th grade.
This event is a week long morning session from 9 am – noon Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th at St. James Church Owens Hall. Cost $20 for frist child; $35 for two; family max of $45. Call or text the faith formation office at 797-3304 or email Jeanne@sta-sp.org for more information or to register.
Totus Tuus grade school program is designed for children going into first through sixth grades in the 2019-2020 school year. The Program is being hosted by St. Jospeh’s in Endicott and runs Monday through Friday, July 22nd – 26th from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost per child is $15 with $40 family max.
The students are encouraged to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view their Lord as a good Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus endeavors to show the youth that a humble and courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with the reception of the sacraments.
Call or text the faith formation office at 607-797-3304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration.
Our Rites of Christian Initiation for Children program is offered to those children who did not receive the Sacraments in typical sequence and timing. We welcome all into our Church, especially the young. This program will offer training and background prior to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation). Please contact the Rectory for more information.
CSBC – Catholic Schools of Broome County: Faith. Family. Academic Excellence.
We invite all parishioners to consider enrolling their children in the preK-12 programs in Broome County. The three elementary schools (All Saints: Endicott; St. James: Johnson City; and St. John’s: Binghamton) accept students until sixth grade. Seton Catholic Central on Binghamton’s Westside offers classes to grades 7 – 12.
The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Syracuse carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, bearing witness while proclaiming the Gospel message. Together with families and parishes, our schools provide an education rooted in the Gospel that is “living, conscious and active” including values and ideals that are in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. To learn more about Catholic education in Broome County, visit https://broomecatholicschools.org/.
The Catholic Schools of Broome County welcomes you to consider your child’s academic career a success story waiting to be written. Consider the possibilities and potential waiting to be realized atone of Broome County’s four Catholic schools. The Catholic Schools of Broome County welcome qualified students without regard to race, gender, national or ethnic origin or religion. Contact Director of Admissions & Enrollment Mr. John Kiereck email: email@example.com or phone: 607-748-7423 Ext. 3.
Youth Ministry for Teens
The parish communities of St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas understand how important it is to capture the hearts and minds of our youth with the Truth. The goal of our Youth Ministry is to lead teens closer to Christ by offering opportunities to encounter, learn of and follow the path of discipleship.
See below for our annual events.
Pilgrimage for Life – January: Unique from Day One
Join us and 300,000 people from across the country at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.!
This event is a 3-day pilgrimage open to youth in grades 7 through 12. The trip includes museum and monument tours, Mass with Bishop Cunningham at the National Basilica, and attendance at the Life is Very Good Evening of Prayer!
Steubenville Summer Conference: Inspired. Equipped. Empowered.
This trip is open to youth in grades 9th – 12th. Join us as we travel to Steubenville Main Campus for a life-changing weekend along with 2200 other young people coming together to draw closer to Christ and renew their faith. The weekend is packed with engaging sessions, concerts, prayer and opportunities to encounter Christ!
Trip registration includes Conference registration, transportation, prizes, meals, t-shirts for each day, and lodging. Sign-ups are happening now. Contact our Youth Minister at Karen@sta-sp.org.
July 12-14, 2019
Totus Tuus: Totally Yours.
Totus Tuus offers evening retreats for middle school and high school youth. These “evening retreats” meet Sunday through Thursday and are comprised of instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. College students and seminarians form a team of four which will be the at the selected regional parish in order to teach the Catholic faith and inspire the youth. The team teaches in such a way as to offer a dialogue in which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity. Make your summer memorable, sign up now with firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 21st – 25th 2019, 7 – 9 pm St. Joseph’s in Endicott.
Middle School Summer Pilgrimage to Niagara Falls
This event is open to boys and girls entering 6th – 8th grades. Come join us on a special summer pilgrimage for middle school students! We will visit Niagara Falls, ride the Maid of the Mist or see the Cave of the Winds, visit a Marian Shrine for Mass, and end the day with pizza and games! Contact our Youth Minister at Karen@sta-sp.org with your interest.
August 3, 2019
NCYC (Biennial Event)
The National Catholic Youth Conference is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones. Join the Syracuse Diocese Delegation and don’t miss the powerful talks, informative and inspiring workshops, music, and of course experiencing the sacraments with over 20,000 young Catholics from around the US!
Youth participants must be a current high school student (grades 9 through 12) at the time of registration. Please contact Karen@sta-sp.org with yout interest and questions. November 21st – 24th
Love Your Neighbor
A fun part of Youth Ministry are our opportunities to love our neighbor. Seasonally we provide opportunities to engage in service to the community. Whether we put on a fundraiser for the Showers of Hope, make sandwiches for the back door bagged lunch distribution, help out at the Holy Name Chicken Barbecue, serve at a funeral luncheon or visit a shut in and bring them a flower from the parish, we all have an opportunity to engage and bring hope and the love of Christ to others. Let Karen @sta-sp.org know you are open to ‘love your neighbor.’
Our Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults program is offered to those 18 and older who did not receive the Sacraments in typical sequence or who are seeking to join our Catholic faith. We welcome all into our Church. This program will offer training and background prior to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. Please contact the Rectory for more information.
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