Children’s Ministry Opportunities for Sharing your Faith! We are in need
of help in the following ministries:
Substitute catechists – on “as needed” basis.
Children's Ministry of the Word (CLOW)
Advisory Team Members.
The Children’s Ministry Program of St. Dominic Parish seeks to provide children
(preschool - sixth grade) with the knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary
to become faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus. In keeping with their age,
the children will assume responsibility as vital members of the parish and be
able to participate in the essential mission, “To Seek Christ, Know Christ and
Become Christ, each one for the sake of all.”
Kool Things 4 Kids
Kids Bulletin The
Kids Bulletin are weekly pamphlets available in the north and
south narthexes of church. These pamphlets contain activities based on the
Sunday Gospel. Many young children use these pamphlets during the Mass to help
stay focused. Other families use the pamphlets as “take home” materials.
Magnifikid! Magnifikid! is designed for children aged 6 -12. It is tool
to help kids follow along with the Scripture readings and parts of the
Sunday Mass, explain new or different words and concepts, and offers
suggestions on how to live out our faith in daily life. They are available
for use in the narthexes and should be returned for other children's use.
Be Involved..."I want to stay involved in my
child's education and teaching was a great way to do it." "A
church cannot survive without its parishioners working together for its
Have a say..."Involvement in the religious
education program enables us as parents to have a say in the way our
children are brought up in the faith." "I want to be part of the
process of motivating people to work on that friendship with God at an
Do Something You Enjoy..."I enjoy working with
kids and being with my son." "It was excellent way to get involved
and it was fun!"
Be Surprised..."I was skeptical about what 4 & 5 year
olds could take from Sunday school. I was surprised! It's so
important to start them out as friends & hopefully they will continue
through the program together."
Be Good at Something…“I started teaching because
I had to drop off the kids anyway, so I thought I’d might as well help
out. Then I realized that not only did I enjoy teaching, but I was
actually good at it!”
Help Improve Your Catholic Parenting…“Teaching
our Parish children provides the experience of learning how our young
folk perceive the world and the Catholic faith as well as an opportunity
to share the values and beliefs that our faith teaches us.”
“I have learned a lot about parenting and raising my own children in the
Catholic faith through becoming a better Catechist.”
It is a Rewarding Experience…“I used to think
that I am not the one who should be teaching since I felt that I didn’t
know ‘all the answers’. But it really is a learning experience for me as
well as them. And it’s okay to not know some of the answers-you
praise them for a good question and tell them you’ll return next week
with an answer.” “The best thing about teaching in the
program…there are too many to count! ……getting to know each child and
the special gifts they have; how much they teach me!”
Grow In Faith & Learn…“The time spent on
preparing the lesson is time spent reflecting on your own faith and
“Since I did not grow up Catholic, I think it is important that I know
what my girls are learning.” “It is very faith enriching for us to
look at the weekly readings from a child’s point of view. Sometimes even
adults take it in better when given simplistically.”
Meet Wonderful People…“ I have met many wonderful
people.” “If all I did was come to Mass, all I would know would be
faces in the crowd.” “If you don’t have children in the program,
it is a great way to meet other spiritual people and become
more involved in the activities and community of the Parish.”
Help Nourish the Faith of Children…“The most
important reason to get involved is so that we can help nourish the
faith in children. If we don’t get involved, who will teach them and
prepare them to be active members in the parish as they grow?”
Lifelong Faith Formation Programs
Sunday School (Preschool - First Grade)
This program meets during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Classes begin
in September and conclude in May.
The Sunday program uses art, music, Scripture stories, and a
variety of other activities to enable little children to participate in the
faith life of the community at their own level and ability.
To enroll in this program, a child must be at least
three years of age by September 1st, 2016
Sadlier textbooks are used in the program. Grade levels
series are: K3:Discovering God’s Child; K4: Discovering God’s World;
K5: God Made the World: 1st: God Loves Us
Tuesday and Thursday K - 6 Classes
Tuesday classes are held from 6:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
(No 6th grade class will be offered on Tuesdays for the 2016-2017 year.)
Thursday classes are held from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
Classes begin in September and conclude in May.
These programs provide a basic, formal religious education
that is intended to support the faith development of the child in the
family. A wide variety of age-appropriate learning strategies are used.
Sadlier textbooks are used in the program. Grade levels series are:
K3:Discovering God’s Child; K4: Discovering God’s World; K5:
God Made the World; 1st: God Loves Us; 2nd: Jesus Shares God’s Life;
3rd: We Are the Church; 4th: God’s Law Guides Us; 5th: We Meet Jesus
in the Sacraments; 6th: We Are God’s People
In addition, all levels will participate in service and prayer experiences.
C.L.O.W. (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)
CLOW is an alternative worship experience for children in grades one through
four. During most 9:00 a.m. Masses, children are offered
the opportunity to leave the worshipping community for simplified readings and
reflections on those readings. Children return to the assembly at the
presentation of the gifts. Sessions are led by an adult and assisted by
confirmation candidates and other high school students.
CLOW is open to any child who would benefit from this type of worship
experience. There is no registration or fees necessary for participation. The
only pre-requisite for CLOW is a willingness to behave in a manner appropriate
While it is recommended that all children receive their formal catechesis
within Children’s Ministry or day school classes, we recognize that there are
circumstances where home schooling is preferred. Due to preparation and extra,
exclusive activities during class time, second graders must attend formation
classes. To participate in home
schooling, we require the following:
Initial meeting (August - September) with Director and
parent(s). Child(ren) may be present when age appropriate. At this initial
meeting: Dialogue about mutual responsibilities, including assessment
and evaluation. Fee paid.
Check-in mid-year and at conclusion with the Director.
Evaluation (May - June) with Director, parent(s),
and child(ren). At this time, the Director will look at completed book(s),
Director and family will discuss what they have learned during the year, and
they will evaluate the process and make suggestions for the future.