The Teen Cat (short for catechumenate) is our conversion process, a sub-set of RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This process prepares youth in high school who wish to receive the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The main resources used are the book PATH THROUGH CATHOLICISM and the YOUCAT. These will be handed out when the class begins.
WHO SHOULD COME? Any teen who is in high school and has never been baptized or was baptized in another Christian faith and wants to convert to Catholicism.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN? The teens will meet once a week with our youth minister, Laura Schuberg, who will prepare them for initiation.
HOW ARE THEY INITIATED? The teens are initiated with three sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, at the Easter Vigil every year. The Easter Vigil is the first celebration of the Resurrection and occurs on the eve of Easter at a beautiful mass, the biggest celebration of the year.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD? The classes are held on Thursday evenings in the Youth Room, located in Knight Hall, at 7:00 p.m. A calendar will be provided at the first meeting.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? Teens are required to complete a school year calendar of preparation. This is the minimal requirement. The time is extended if the teen is not ready.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE REQUIRED? All teens will be asked to choose a godparent (if not baptized) or a sponsor (if baptized) to accompany them on their spiritual journey. The requirements for a godparent/sponsor are: 1) the person has received all of the sacraments of initiation; 2) the person is faithfully practicing the Catholic faith; 3) the person is an adult, that is, over the age of 18. Sponsors can be either gender.
All teens will be asked to choose a saint’s name for the sacrament of Confirmation. This will be explained in more detail in the sessions.
Weekly sessions are comprised of hands-on projects and small group discussion with a catechist (teacher). This is the time to bring questions and discuss the topics that will prepare for the sacraments. There are also times when teens are asked to come together at the Sunday mass to be presented to the community.
HOW DO I REGISTER? Simply click here: http://stedward.com/re-registration/or call the Faith Formation Office (949-496-6011)
CALENDAR DATES FOR 2017-18
Laura Schuberg, Director of Youth Ministry, will be the main catechist for this process. She will invite youth to become part of the other events offered for high school students. Please contact her for specific information: email@example.com