5th - 10th grade

Classes for grades 5-9 meet 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Parish Center.  Classes for grades 10-11 meet 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Parish Center.

A calendar for the year is available online at sacredheartwaseca.org/faith-formation/ff-calendar

Volunteer hours my be documented on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/3mcHYqIUFhnXqqVd2 



A Little More About St.Rose of Lima
Her real name is Isabel de Flores born in 1586 in Lima, Peru. She's called "Rose" for her beauty. She had many pursuers after her because of her beauty. She cut off her hair and rubbed pepper on her face to make it blister so she would not be noticed for her appearance. Her parents wanted her to be married, but she wanted to become a nun and completely give her life to God. She never became a nun but a  Third Order Dominic and remained chaste through her life. She continued to live a life of extreme prayer, fasting and penance. She was known to wear a silver crown with spikes that pierce her flesh as a reminder of Jesus' Crown of Thorns. She opened one room in her parents' house for a free medical clinic for the poor and elderly. She died on August 23, 1617 at the age of 31. People all over Lima, Peru came to her funeral Mass to thank God for her love and kindness to others. Here feast day is August 23. She's the patron saint of gardeners, florists, Americas, Latin America, Peru, Philippines, and South America.
Read more about St. Rose of Lima:

Father Leif's Column from this weekend's Bulletin
Dear People of God,
   It is amazing the number of people who come out to make the Fall Festival such a huge event:  the Fish Fry on Friday the Bingo and Auctions, the Stores and Sales, the Burger Fry supper, the Pork Commercial Dinners, the Raffles, and all that goes into planning and accounting for all of these important fundraisers. We are profoundly thankful for their generous service to the parish.
   Beyond that there are people who do Adoration for hours during the year, members of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Lay Franciscans, the St. Vincent de Paul society, and the many parish committees and councils.  All of these members of the parish express their faith by building community and serving others.    
   Please listen to the call of the Parish Community to step forward and share the faith with a group of young people in Faith Formation. We are in great need of people to share the faith with the next generation.    
   Each year (5th grade through 12th) has a curriculum and Kayla Greiner will walk through each lesson with anyone who is not familiar with the process. But we cannot pass the faith on without many members of the parish to come forward and accept the calling to help form the faith of those who are young.    
   As the scripture says: “do not say I am too young or too old” because we need those who have faith to witness their faith and share faith understanding with those who have not had the opportunity to learn about the scripture, the sacraments, and the church teachings about our lives in the world.    
   Call the parish office today and allow the Lord to work though you to walk with our young people on this faith journey. You are the one who can make a difference.
   We need 4 people in 7th grade, 1 adult in 8th Grade, 3 people in 9th Grade, and 2 people in 10th Grade.
   A few people have stepped forward to help lead our young people. Some have been waiting for someone else to do this so that they can step away from the demand. This year we are asking that you not say someone will do it. Instead please say I will step up and give of myself on Wednesday evenings in order to get to know the young people and to allow the Kingdom of God to become a bit more real in this place.
   When young people know that you care for them, they will respond in kind. When we talk about God with them, we all speak humbly because none of us has all the answers to all the important questions. If you have received the faith from those who went before you, then honor them by sharing the faith with those who are coming to learn. Please call and get started now. May the Lord renew our parish.
~Father Gregory Leif
Overcoming the Lie: Week 2 - Matthew Kelly
We All Want to be Happy
t’s not easy to be happy. The journey to happiness requires sacrifice and discipline. But it’s worth it.
NO Faith Formation Classes This Wed., Sept. 19
Due to our shortage of adult mentors (catechists) to share the faith with our young Church, we are NOT able to start Faith Formation classes this Wednesday, September 19 for Kindergarten through 10th Grade. However, there still will be a REQUIRED 10th & 11th Grade Confirmation Parent and Student Meeting at 6:30 PM in Nativity Hall on Sept. 19. We will start classes when we have enough leaders/teachers to lead our young Church.
REQUIRED 10th & 11th Grades Confirmation Parent & Student Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 PM
There will be a required parent & student meeting for the 10th & 11th Grades Confirmation on Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM in Nativity Hall. We will be discussing Confirmation schedules, requirements, and what Confirmation is. If you have any questions, please feel to email Kim (11th grade Confirmation adult mentor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Lori (10th grade Confirmation adult mentor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kayla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Thank you!
St. Ephrem's Choir starting rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 19
Calling all singers/musicians in Grades 5-8!!! All 5th-8th Grade students are invited to sing and praise our Lord in the St. Ephrem's Choir. The choir will lead Mass in worship on Sunday, October 7 at the 8:00 AM Mass, so rehearsal will start this Wednesday, September 19 at 5:55 PM to 6:25 PM in the Parish Center's Music Room. Please join the choir's practice on this Wednesday nights and use your voices & instruments to lead joyful music for our parish at Mass.
~Sarah Berry & Tracy Kopetzki, St. Ephrem's Choir's leaders
Adult Mentors Needed
The following is our current need for adult mentors (catechists, leaders):
7th Grade: 4 adult mentors - Teaching/Sharing about Jesus Christ is & His ministry
8th Grade: 1 adult mentor - will be with Jeanne Sexton; teaching/sharing about Theology of the Body
9th Grade: 3 adult mentors - Teaching/Sharing about the Bible
10th Grade: 2 adult mentors - will be with Lori Harris; teaching/sharing about for the 1st year Confirmation program

Adult mentors would lead and teach smaller groups of 10-15 students to help them grow and dive deeper in their relationship with Christ. Adult mentors would share their own faith and encounters with Christ with the students.

Please prayerfully consider sharing your faith with our young Church by becoming an adult mentor. If you have any further questions about sharing your faith and becoming an adult mentor, please contact Kayla Greiner or Edna Burns at 835-1500 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the need is met, we will be hosting another Adult Mentor Training prior to starting Faith Formation classes. Throughout the year, you are always welcome to ask for support & resources to help you share your faith with our young Church. Thank you for your support in helping our young Church grow in their relationship with Christ! 
To Jesus through Mary,
Kayla & Edna