Holy Spirit is proud to offer many unique faith formation opportunities for children, at many different times throughout the week and year. These are in addition to the regular religion classes offered by the school and the Wednesday Night Religious Education Program. You may read about them below, and contact the Religious Education Department if you have any additional questions, or if you’d like to get involved as a volunteer for any of our programs.
CONTACT: Religious Education Department – Phone: 616 453-1591, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (ages Kindergarten-5th grade) – Sunday’s during the 10:00 AM Mass.
This program happens during the 10:00 AM Mass. At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word, Fr. John dismisses the children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade to go with adult leaders for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The children will hear the scriptures proclaimed using simpler language and then reflect on them. The children then return to Mass in time for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This program runs from October through the end of April and utilizes 6 teams of adults/high school youth. There is no registration required.
Junior Disciples (ages 3-Kindergarten) – Sunday’s during the 10:00 AM Mass.
The Junior Disciples program is for children ages 3 through Kindergarten to come during the 10:00 AM Mass. Here they will listen to scripture stories and do related games and crafts. The children will be introduced to prayer, scripture and service through the various projects done in the class. They will also become familiar with parts of the Mass so when they are at Mass, they will be able to actively participate. Children should be able to handle a classroom situation and be toilet trained. This program runs from October through the end of April. This is a free program, but registration is required.
Co-Op Nursery (ages 18 months – 3 years) – Sunday’s during the 10:00 AM Mass.
The Co-Op Nursery is for children ages 18 months – 3 years to come during the 10:00 AM Mass. Parent or high school aged volunteers are needed to supervise the children in the Nursery during Mass. This would be a wonderful way for high school students to earn Christian service hours. Parents whose children use the Nursery are encouraged to sign up and volunteer at various times throughout the year. This program runs from October through the end of April. This is a free program, but registration is recommended.
Vacation Bible School (Grades K-5th for the upcoming school year)
Vacation Bible School is an exciting and super fun way for kids ages Kindergarten through fifth grade to learn about scripture. Our program is usually run the week after school is out for the summer. The program of four evenings, Monday through Thursday, runs from 6:30-8:30PM. The children learn scripture stories and play games and create crafts related to the scripture or theme for the year. In the past we have had Cooking with God, Peace, Love, and Jesus is the Rock, Castles (Saints) , J.C.’s Clubhouse (Sacraments), and this year’s was Pair O’ Bulls Ranch (Parables). This program needs adults to lead the children through the stations and teens to run the stations. There is a registration required and a $10 per child fee to cover the costs of supplies for the 4 nights.
During the year we will have family gatherings to prepare for the upcoming season. During Advent 2018, we will have a potluck, prayer, and service activity on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30PM. Reserve your family’s spot by calling the Religious Education Office with the number of children and adults planning to attend and whether you are bringing a main dish, a salad, or dessert. 616 453-1591 or email@example.com.