Middle School and High School Faith Formation
Sundays from 5:30-7:00pm
Youth in Grades 6-10 are encouraged to attend the 4:30Mass and then join us in the school at 5:30pm for a light meal. Our new Middle School curriculum will feature the Break Through Bible, using Biblical literacy to touch young people’s hearts and minds. Within the Break Through Bible are reflections based on the art work of Odessa Sawyer, which will encourage youth to embrace the people and events of the scriptures they are learning about. In addition, catechists will supplement this curriculum with art lessons from Loyola’s Finding God Through Art and the Finding God guided meditations, as well as the Catholic Connections text from St. Mary’s Press which provides students with the Church’s teachings. These materials provide catechists with a variety of relevant materials to engage our youth in spiritual growth. All texts will remain “classroom sets” and will remain at church.
Students in Grades 9 and 10 will each receive their own copy of The Catholic Youth Bible. These Bibles are the student’s to keep, write in, make notes in the margins, etc. We hope to foster an intimate relationship between each young person and God. Together, youth will practice Lectio Divina, acquire Biblical literacy, and discuss the relationship between the Bible and the Catholic practices and teachings. A section throughout The Catholic Youth Bible called Challenge encourages youth to put their faith into action. This Biblical curriculum will be paired with Live It! Change the World with Everyday Faith, The Catholic Youth Prayer Book, and The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth (all from St. Mary’s Press).
Youth in 10th Grade will be preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and will look deeper into the following topics: Catholic Identity and Personal Spiritual Growth, Social Justice/Service, the Sacraments, the Power of the Holy Spirit, Personal Relationship with Christ, and Discipleship. During the 10th Grade, students will be asked to log 15 hours of community service, attend worship on a regular basis and attend a retreat. Please read our Sacrament Policy for more information.
Basilica YES - Youth Engaged in Service
Students in 11-12th Grade are invited to participate in Basilica YES. This group meets weekly on Sunday nights, joins the youth for a light meal following 4:30pm Mass, and then gathers in the rectory to engage in youth planned service projects. In 2019-2020 these young people collected candy for The Ronald McDonald House, made bags for Days for Girls, engaged the parish in a hat/mitten drive for St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, and participated in many other service projects on campus. Registered students are welcome to come whenever they are free. (Registrations are only required once for emergency contact purposes.)
Our program runs from September to May. Registration is from April through August.
Registration is now online.
Detailed information about this year's program can be found here.
If you join The Basilica after our program year starts, we still warmly welcome you to enroll your children for the balance of the program year, provided there is enough space in class and our ratio of certified catechists/children is met.
Weekly Youth Meal
Each week, the youth gather prior to programming to share a meal. Please help us offset the cost of this by contributing here.