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Youth Faith Formation


Faith Formation Classes
Any questions regarding Youth Faith Formation can be directed to
Sarah Haman
886-4049 or youthff@icparishwatertown.org


High School Graduates of 2020: The Parish will be sending out an informational form that will ask a few questions regarding family, some favorites and future plans to each of our Graduates. We also will request a baby picture and senior/grad picture that will then be shared one student at a time on Facebook. The forms can be turned in at the Parish Hall where we will have an area for the Graduates to take a picture as well as a gift bag of goodies waiting for you. Further details regarding dates will be sent with the forms to the Graduates. This is a wonderful way that we can come together as a Parish and pray for our youth as they enter into adulthood. The power of Prayer is amazing and will help boost these youth with the breath of the Holy Spirit as they begin to discern the path they will travel.

A Prayer of Parents for Their Children:

Almighty God, You have called us to the holy state of Matrimony and have shared with us Your gift of creation. We thank You for making our love fruitful. May we be worthy representatives of You, dear Lord, in forming our children in Your knowledge and love. You have given us children, Almightly God, to teach in Your ways to which will lead to their eternal home of heaven. May our children ever walk in the ways of Your commandments and live according to the teachings of Your holy Catholic Church. May our example, dear God, be such as to inspire our children to grow into the likeness of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we be firm but kind in discipline. May we stand as one united in authority so as to be consistant. May we never confuse permissiveness with love. May we teach our children respect for Your authority in ourselves and in all Your representatives upon earth. May our home be as a Church, for You, Lord Jesus Christ, are present whenever two or three are gathered together in Your Name. May praises of God frequently rise from the lips and hearts of our family and may we all one day be united in our eternal home. Amen


A Child's Prayer for Parents:


Heavenly Father, I thank You for
My father and mother, and for our home.
Bless us all, and help us to love You:
And in love to serve one another as Jesus
Taught us to do. Give me strength to do
What is right today, and to do unto others 
As I would want them to do unto me. Amen


A Prayer for Families
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians Chapter 3:14 – 20 / 




Sacraments                                                                         ______ 

Please know that events have been postponed not cancelled and as a Diocese and Parish we are diligently and prayerfully discerning the Lord’s Path forward in rescheduling these most precious and memorable defining moments in our children's lives.

Confirmation - Due to Covid19 we will not be having Confirmation as scheduled on May 31st. Further details will be provided as we begin to discern and formulate what the Lord has in store for us moving forward.
1st Communion - Please continue working with students on the prayers and Blessed program links that can be found below under 2nd grade. As we discern how to move forward with this most sacred sacrament details will be provided.

Family Formation Services

There are countless books, blogs, publishers and companies that provide beautiful resources to assist Catholic families to grow in the faith. While impossible to create a comprehensive list, it is our hope to offer a few ideas of where you can find the resources you need to support your family. Contact your parish for additional resources!

Unleash the Gospel      - Articles, podcasts and videos focused on the family

Login to Formed https://formed.org/ (go to https://leaders.formed.org/tutorial-videos/ to see how to create a parish account) - Tons of videos and books for all ages.


Tons of Teen parent resources - on teen culture, social media and numerous resources
      
Dyamic Catholic Blessed Series   - There’s never been anything like BLESSED in the Catholic world for children. With world-class animation, workbooks that are works of art, and catechist-friendly leader guides, First Communion and First Reconciliation prep finally meets children where they are and leads them, step-by-step, to where God is calling them to be.

Holy Heroes    - Lots of free family activities

Catholic Icing — Catholic Crafts and More for Kids

Activites that are based and themed on where we are in the liturgical year!!!





Back to Basics Retreat: 
Parents are invited to check this out and let the Spirit move you!!!
You are invited to join a 4 part retreat from our own Diocese - Jon Konz - DRE from Sioux Falls, St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Jon shares with us the Back to Basics retreat that is simple and broken down in small steps.  Each segment is 8 minutes or less beginning with - Hearing God Speak. This was originally created with Parents in mind, but I would invite anyone to check it out.  









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Youth Faith Formation

Have a safe and blessed summer!!!!


If all mentors and small group leaders - grade K-10 - can please return any resources that were issued to the Parish Center in a plastic bag marked with your name that would be fabulous!!!!



2nd Grade – Blessed Program – Videos/workbook for 1st Communion – Focus on Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4. (But feel free to watch them all!!!).There are multiple (5-8) videos that range from 3 to 8 minutes per session, The workbook can be downloaded on the website listed with each session.  The workbook should be reviewed along with the sessions as they are watched. Also Chuck and Shane have asked that you work with your children in regards to prayers and how to take communion (PDF prayers, how to and Blessed workbook can be found at the bottom of this web page labeled for 2nd grade).

https://dynamiccatholic.com/blessed/program-view/






In response to the current realities, we'll be featuring a "This Week in Youth Ministry" initiative for the youth in the diocese. In short, it will be a series of four invitations to our young people each week. Here's the summary: Weekly Discussion - each week the youth are invited to join in a discussion on a topic in an online forum. The discussion will be moderated and guided by myself and several priests from around the diocese. These discussions are online and ongoing throughout the week. Weekly Prayer Event - Each week we'll be hosting a prayer event online. It will mostly likely be every Friday afternoon and will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. While it's geared towards youth, please feel free to share with others as well. Weekly Prayer Challenge - The youth will be invited each week to a certain prayer challenge that can be done on their own. Weekly Challenge to Charity - The youth will be given a specific challenge and work of mercy. These will be focused on the most vulnerable. We've designed this initiative to be flexible to the needs, interests, and time of many and we pray it's a fruitful supplement to the efforts of you and your parish families.


The primary way we'll be sending the details of this out will be through our Youth Events Email Newsletter, so be sure you are signed up for that.


or go to: http://www.sfcatholic.org/youth/


https://www.sfcatholic.org/youth/






Check out past Online Prayer events here - they are amazing 


Calendar                                                                          ______  


TBD

Confirmation - Confirmation has been postponed - Details will be relayed as they come into focus and we begin to see what plans unfold.

1st Communion - TBD - postponed at this time. As with other sacraments details will be relayed as we begin the planning stages.


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Youth Growing Opportunities  

All TBD or subject to change due to current circumstances with Covid19





Meaning “Totally Yours,” Totus Tuus is a summer program where young adults lead summer bible camps throughout the Diocese. They come in to the parish and lead programming for children and youth as well as engage the parish community through their witness. Our Catechetical themes for 2020 are the 10 Commandments and the Glorious Mysteries.




TOTUS TUUS (Totally Yours), a summer catechetical youth program led through the Sioux Falls diocese. Due to CoVid - Watertown IC Parish will not be hosting Totus Tuus for 2020. The Docese will be providing futher details regarding Family Formation and other Youth activites that will be avalible via Online.




The Philothea School of Formation is an opportunity for youth to grow deeper in their faith through community and mentorship.  They will join many other young people from across the diocese who are also committed to this journey and receive guidance from several priests and other faithful adults through online learning and discussion as well as regular one-on-one mentorship from an adult.

A page with much more details and information regarding the School of Formation is coming soon.

In short, young people are encouraged to apply if they are desiring to grow in their faith and are willing to commit to 1) a regular meeting with a mentor and 2) online discussions on topics of the faith.

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                    Confirmation Retreats 2020/2021

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The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls offers three summer confirmation retreats. These retreats focus on deepening the understanding and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each retreat is one day and staffed by several Totus Tuus missionaries.


Dates & Locations

June 20, 2020 – Holy Name Parish – Watertown, SD  - As of 5/14/20 this is still scheduled!!!!!

June 27, 2020 – (Sioux Falls) Location TBD

July 25, 2020 – Holy Trinity Parish – Huron, SD


Who Can Come

These retreats are for any youth preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Retreats will be filled on a first come basis.

Cost & Registration

Cost per participant is $50.  Online registration opens February 1st, 2020.




Youth Retreats




What Is Going Deeper?

Going deeper is a retreat for youth who are actively involved in their parish or have participated in other retreats and events and who have a fervor to grow in the faith. The hope is that participants will experience a much deeper understanding of how to pray and how to know what God is desiring in their life. Further, participants will discover the beauty and practice of God’s heart speaking to yours each and every day. We will be spending time in silence and prayer and will have the opportunity to receive the Sacraments.  

This is not a Confirmation Retreat.




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March for Life Pilgrimage

Futute Info TBD


For more information see the Faith Formation Office or check out the Sioux Falls Diocesen website click here!



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