Religious Education for Youth
We host religious education classes every Sunday from September to May in the Fellowship Hall. Each class has approximately 10 students. Classes are offered for children ages 5 and up. Classes are divided by grade levels: kindergarten and 1st grade, which is the first year of Communion preparation; 2nd grade, which is the second year of Communion preparation; 3rd grade; 4th and 5th grade; 6th grade, 7th grade, which is the first year of Confirmation preparation; and 8th grade, which is the second year of Confirmation preparation. View the 2020/2021 religious education schedule.
Vacation Bible School/Faith Camp
Vacation Bible School is an integral part of St. Madeleine Parish family life. It provides fun and faith-based activities for children with the goal of encouraging them to absorb our beautiful Catholic faith. Half days for one week in the summer for children ages 4 to 10.
Middle- and high school-aged children within our parish meet on the first and third Sunday evenings from September through June. A meal is provided by parish families. Activities include outdoor fun and group discussions on topics related to incorporate our faith into day-to-day life. Activities also include pancake breakfasts and assisting with other parish functions and ministries. Parents are encouraged to attend with children.
Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, or OCIA
People who are considering joining the Catholic Church should consider attending OCIA classes Sunday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. throughout the months of August to June. OCIA is the process established by the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the Sacraments of Initiation, which include Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. Individuals previously baptized will also receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The initiation process also involves the parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes the members into the Church. The Order speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church He founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring through catechesis the significant experience of a parish community and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.