Between July 1st, 2015, and June 30th, 2016, the combined Saint Matthew’s and Saint Michael’s Youth Faith Formations served 44 students in grades 1 to 11. An additional 21 students from Community of Saints joined the program on sacrament instruction evenings and made their sacraments through Saint Matthew’s and Saint Michael’s parishes.
Per the safe environment rules of the US bishops and the archdiocese, a child personal safety lesson is taught each year. In February 2016 , Rachael Kroog, a speaker and performer from the group Creative Spirit came to present “A Very Touchy Subject.” She brought along her guitar, a chinchilla, and a couple of other small animals. Rachael taught the children about how animals have to keep themselves safe and what special qualities they have that they use for safety. Rachael then talked to the children about being safe and using their Kid Power to stand up for themselves. Parents and teachers attended this lesson with the children. It was a fun, entertaining and memorable way to teach this serious subject.
Faith Formation’s hospitality efforts included Coffee Sunday, Fellowship Sunday (Saint Michael ‘s), a community dinner , and an appetizer social after Saturday Mass at Saint Matt’s.