Elementary School Students

5th and 6th Grade Youth Ministry (E.D.G.E.)

This ministry is for students entering 5th & 6th grades. Students will enjoy our high energy activities and the monthly faith challenges. Meeting Times:  Wednesday nights after Religious Education 6:00 – 7:30pm in Rooney Hall.

For more information contact:

Rudie Gillett 904-264-0577 X.326 or youth@stcatherineop.com

 Altar Servers

This ministry opportunity is available to youth in the 5th grade or older; who have received their First Communion.  They assist the celebrant at the altar during the Mass and other liturgical occasions by lighting the candles, carrying the books and candles and other assistance as need by the presider.  Due to the nature of this ministry being an integral part of our liturgical celebration, a commitment to serve when scheduled and training sessions are required. Training required:  3-5 training sessions with mandatory participation required; training available twice a year. Time commitment:  At least 1 Mass per month scheduled to serve, available to serve at any Mass you attend.

For more information contact:

Lisa Murphy 904-264-0577 X.324 or liturgy@stcatherineop.com

 Boy Scout/Cub Scouts

St. Catherine’s sponsors Troop 424. Meeting Times:  Boy Scouts/Tuesdays 7pm-9pm Haut Hall • Cub Scouts/Monday 6pm-7pm Formation Center

For more information contact:

Art Bilodeau  arthur_bilodeau@csx.com   Rudie Gillett 904-264-0577 X.326 or youth@stcatherineop.com

 Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 5 through 3rd graders at the 10:00am Mass. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, these children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the Church Conference Room.  During this special time, the volunteer liturgist leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to help these eager youngsters learn the Word of the Lord. Time commitment:  15-20 minutes, during Mass, on Sunday morning • All volunteers and children are still able to participate in Mass

For more information contact:

Roger Davey 904-264-0577 X.324 or religioused@stcatherineop.com

Religious Education

Our Religious Education program offers instruction to students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.   All Catholic children attending public or private non-Catholic schools are expected to participate in this program.  Our philosophy at St. Catherine’s Religious Education program is that parents are the primary educators of their children. Formal religious education is a necessary element of and a supplement to home teaching and example. Through an enjoyable classroom experience, children are nurtured in the truths and teachings of their faith and are called to worship and serve Jesus as they form their Christian identity and take their place in the Christian community. The curriculum is developmental and builds a broad base of religious knowledge. Our program reflects an integrated learning experience composed of catechesis, prayer, sacramental preparation, traditional Catholic doctrine, biblical studies, liturgy, community building, and other dimensions of a vibrant Church life. Religious Education is offered on Sundays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays and requires pre-registration.  Registration for the following year begins in April.

For more information, visit the Religious Education page here or contact Roger Davey, Coordinator of Religious Education at religioused@stcatherineop.com.

 Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible School is a wonderful, uplifting experience that can enhance your child’s spirituality and social skills.  Our program consists of a week long program in June of religious education which utilizes Bible stories, skits, religious songs, and arts and crafts for children age 3 – entering Grade 5.  This is all accomplished with the help of our parent volunteers and our high school youth.  Pre-registration usually occurs in April.

For more information, contact Roger Davey at religioused@stcatherineop.com

 Youth Choir

Youth ages 10-21, Pianists with at least 3 years of experience, and instrumentalists with at least 2 years of experience. Time Commitment:  Thursday Practice from 6:15pm – 7:00pm in Choir Room • 1 Mass a month (Mass times change each month) For more information contact:

Jim Huges 904-264-0577  or music@stcatherineop.com