Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Faith Formation classes delve into the life of Jesus and the long tradition of the Catholic Church. Starting in 2014, our parishes have begun utilizing the Faith and Life textbook series from Ignatius Press, including an activity book which is filled out by the students through the year and at the end of the year, as a gift from the parishes, is sent home with the children to keep.
Claremont meets at St. Francis de Sales on Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm.
Dodge Center grades kindergarten through 11th Grade meet at St. John Baptiste de la Salle on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm with snacks at 6:00 pm.
Held during the school year, September to May on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, all second graders (English and Spanish students) and others who need to receive these sacraments will prep for Reconciliation and First Communion. First Reconciliation is usually in December for all students. First Communion is typically a couple weeks after Easter. Students learn about these two sacraments, the church, the Mass, prayer, and understanding that the Eucharist and Holy Communion is the true, real presence of Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Theology of the Body
Throughout the year on Wednesday evenings, students in 9th grade will be learning the Theology of the Body for Teens. Starting in 2017 we are using Ascension Press’ YOU study. A Parent Guide is provided for any interested parents.
Throughout the year on Wednesday evenings, students in 10th and 11th grades prepare to receive Confirmation; the Sacrament is received by the 11th graders typically in the Spring. Studies include weekly classes, service hours, having a sponsor, understanding the Holy Spirit, his gifts and how to develop them, and a retreat.
If you are an adult seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, visit our RCIA page.
The Totus Tuus (“Totally Yours”) summer catechetical program offers a very engaging opportunity for our youth each summer. Four college students (2 men and 2 women) stay in parishioners’ homes in Dodge Center and lead the program throughout the week.
Grades 1-6 meet days, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Students need to bring a sack lunch. Treats and drinks will be provided.
High school classes meet Sunday to Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
On Wednesday evening we have a potluck and the students demonstrate a little of what they have learned in the class sessions, as well as some of the songs. The week ends Friday with an afternoon water fight!
Visit the local Steubenville website at Partnership for Youth.
Visit the Diocese’s website at Diocese of Winona-Rochester.