High School Christian Formation
Registration is live! Please click on the links below to get either the online registration or paper registration.
If you have any questions or wish to register please contact Brian Jens, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414-321-0893 ext. 406
Finally, no family, parent or child will be turned away from our Formation programs because of financial constraints. If you are in need of financial assistance to help cover the cost of registration in any of our programs, please complete the application for Endowment. Please turn in the form along with the registration form and a member of our staff will contact you.
About the High School Program
The St. Matthias High School Christian Formation Program is a 3 year program designed to help students become intentional disciples of Jesus Christ who feel empowered to continuously grow in their faith. In the end these students will have received the sacrament of Confirmation, but even more they will receive a foundation for how to live their life of faith with practical lifelong skills they can use in the context of their everyday life.
The core of the High School Christian Formation Program is to present key teachings each year in the four pillars: Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer. The sequence of topics progressively builds upon on the lessons the students received from the previous year. While the students are learning lessons from each of the four pillars each lesson will also be infused with a connection to Scripture and presented in a way that appeal to the experience of each grade level.
Throughout the year the students will also introduced to different formation experiences:
– Service Project: On one Sunday students will spend time exploring the 7 Catholic Social Teachings and how we can advocate for specific causes. In order to apply this knowledge students will put their faith into action by helping in a community service project. The service project will happen within the time frame of class, and will directed towards a chosen service organization. Students in the 9 & 10th grade will then spend time discussing the needs of the world and specific organizations that help meet those needs. Finally students will choose an organization that will be the focus for the service project for the following year.
– Retreat Experience/Day of Reflection: In the middle of the year the 9th & 10th grade students will spend one of their classes in a retreat setting. Spending time to reflect and focus on their personal relationship with God.
– Life Issues: As we go throughout the year certain topics will be presented to the students focusing specifically on current life issues. Each of these classes will feature a speaker from outside of Christian Formation.
The curriculum that is used is made up of several components. The first component is the High School Theology Curriculum written by the leadership of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in concordance with Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry. This document sets out the objectives for all students in what they should know in areas of Scripture, Creedal and Doctrinal Concepts, Justice and Morality, Liturgy, Sacraments and Prayer, and finally Church History. With that as our basis we then use the Catholic Faith Handbook written by St. Mary’s Press as a starting block to get into each lesson. The Catholic Faith Handbook is divided into 4 sections (The Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian Morality, and Christian Prayer) which coincide with the Archdiocese’s High School Theology Curriculum.
With the Catholic Faith Handbook comes multiple activities to help engage the students in applying each lesson to their own lives. More activities are added, adapted, and enhanced to help meet the students where they are at developmentally and spiritually. In essence students will learn to apply their faith while having fun doing it.
What is each grade learning this year?
Click on the links below to view each grade’s page and what they are learning!