Christian Formation Kindergarten—5th Grade
Recognizing the domestic Church as the center of faith development, the St. Thomas More Christian Formation Program provides the children and their families, catechesis that promotes a living, conscious and active faith rooted in the person of Jesus and the teachings of the Church, to assist them as members of our parish family to grow in faith and act in love.
- Session A: Mondays 4:45 - 6:00pm
- Session B: Mondays 6:30 - 7:45pm
- Session C: Tuesdays 4:45 - 6:00pm
- Session D: Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:45pm
All grades use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies in their classes. The Gospel Weeklies is a liturgical based curriculum that follows the three-year liturgical cycle used in our Sunday liturgies as a basis for the lessons.
The Sunday Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is reviewed in each class. It is a well-rounded program that also includes biblical content such as information about the Old and New Testament prophets and writers and doctrinal teachings such as the Sacraments, Commandments, and prayer. In addition, exposure to both the teachings of the Church such as the social justice concepts and information on the traditions in our liturgical seasons such as Advent and Lent activities are incorporated into the lessons throughout the three-year cycle.
Because the text is published in eight week segments, rather than in a textbook format, the material is better able to be current with events happening in the Church. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies strive to relate the Gospel in a contemporary manner that relates well to the lives of the learners so the gospel message becomes firmly rooted into their minds and hearts.
Kindergarten and First Grade
These grades use the Promise edition of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Story-telling is an ntegral part of the Promise format. Stories about real-life scenarios the children can relate to and stories based on the Sunday Gospel are part of every lesson. Children learn from a variety of hands-on, music and movement type of activities.
Second and Third Grades
These grades use the Good News edition of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. The Good News edition uses story-telling to introduce the children to the gospel story and discover ways to live the gospel message in their lives. Hands-on activities, skits, music, and movement are part of the classroom experience.
Fourth Grade - Best Friends in Faith (BFFs)
Fourth graders focus on their call to discipleship at the parish level by learning about parish ministries and ways to support the life and mission of the Church in various outreach activities. BFFs use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies edition called Venture. Students reflect each week on how they are being called to service in following Jesus’ message in the Gospel reading.
Fifth Grade–Disciples of Jesus (DJs)
Fifth graders focus on their baptismal call to discipleship, service, and moral decision making in using the Venture edition of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. DJs reflect on the Gospel readings and Jesus’ message as they discover ways to serve others. The DJs curriculum emphasizes a global lens to ministry through their participation with Catholic Relief Service Social Justice Teachings. The DJs earn money through the fund-raising activity of monthly DJ Dinners that will aid families who live in poverty and hunger around the world.