No matter age, one’s faith is always in formation. At Saint Cecilia we support every stage of that formation to meet you where you are.
Children's Faith Formation
At Saint Cecilia we partner with parents to help nurture and support the spiritual and religious potential of children. We provide an atmosphere where children are exposed to Sacred Scripture, the celebration of the sacraments, prayer, and works of justice and mercy–all done within the context of the Catholic tradition and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Stop by and introduce yourself. We would be happy to welcome you and your children to Saint Cecilia.
Catechists in our Children’s Faith Formation Program commit to preparing for and providing weekly catechesis to children in grades K through 10 from late September until early May. Catechists at Saint Cecilia must possess a love of the Catholic faith and a desire to nurture the spiritual and religious potential of children. It is also important to be able to communicate well with parents, to prepare weekly lessons, to be engaging, and to maintain a disciplined yet fun catechetical session
Our Faith Formation Program for children begins in kindergarten 2 and ends in tenth grade with the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation. The sacraments of reconciliation and First Holy Communion take place in second grade.
Youth Faith Formation
Youth Ministry at Saint Cecilia brings high school students together to deepen their relationship with God and others by offering opportunities to grow in friendship, serve others in our community, and experience God’s unconditional love. Hospitality and welcome is what makes Saint Cecilia so special, and all high school students are guaranteed to find a non-judgmental, caring, and supportive space here to tackle the big questions life throws at us. As we build this new ministry, we’re looking for high school students willing to help us plan activities and experiences for their peers— like community service opportunities, game nights, overnight retreats, camping and ski trips, and more! The Young Neighbors in Action service-learning trip that occurs in July every summer is an example of the type of programs Youth Ministry will offer—and it you haven’t had the chance to experience this annual service trip, be sure to put it on your high school bucket list. Adults are also needed as mentors and companions, willing to accompany young people through the wild, messy, and exciting journey of adolescence.
Becoming Catholic as an Adult (RCIA)
Christian Initiation into the Catholic Church
Saint Cecilia Parish welcomes those seeking fuller participation in the life of the Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the communal process through which non-baptized adults become members of the Catholic Church. It is also suitable for those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions but feel called to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, as well as for those individuals baptized in the Catholic Church who have yet to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and confirmation. Weekly sessions are held from October through Easter and a team approach is used. RCIA team members must have a love of the Catholic faith and a desire to be companions for others who are discerning a call to a deeper relationship with the Church. While it is not necessary to have a theological background, it is important that RCIA team members be men and women of prayer who are able to speak openly about their relationship with God.
“So often people say that we should look to the elderly, learn from their wisdom, their many years. I disagree, I say we should look to the young: untarnished, without stereotypes implanted in their minds, no poison, no hatred in their hearts. When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child, that is when we become truly wise.”