High School Faith Formation (Grades 9-12)

High School Faith Formation

High School Faith Formation serves all of our parish’s students in grades 9-12. The programs that make up HSFF serve students from five area high schools and include Confirmation preparation, Fellowship in Spirit with Him (FISH) and other various diocesan and parish programs throughout the year.

Confirmation Preparation

Students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the fall of their sophomore year. Formation takes place during their freshman year.

  • Ninth-grade students attend six small group preparation sessions designed to help the students strengthen their own faith lives
  • Small groups meet on the first Wednesday during the months of September, October, November, February, March, and April
  • Before attending their first session, students are asked to complete their Faith HABITS worksheet
  • Students register the summer prior to their ninth-grade year

Fellowship in Spirit with Him (FISH)

FISH is our youth ministry program.

  • Open to all students in grades 9-12
  • Meets on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month from September to May
  • Begins at 6:30 with social and food (usually pizza!)
  • Topic/activity of the night begins at 7:15 pm

Join us in January!

January 10—What does it mean to serve? A representative from Bishop Drumm Retirement Center will join us to provide a volunteer orientation so that students will be eligible to serve in the future (our Youth Group will begin volunteering a few times a year). The orientation will begin at 6:45 pm while we have dinner.

January 17—What is our Judeo-Christian tradition? We welcome Marilyn Jerome as she shares her story of conversion from growing up Jewish and becoming Catholic. Hers is a powerful story of finding the beauty in both faiths.

January 24—Truth and Tolerance. The Church teaches that there is objective truth by which we can come to know right from wrong. However, in a culture influenced by relativism, it is viewed as intolerant to claim there is right and wrong. We will discuss the harmful consequences of relativism and the true meaning of tolerance.

January 31—Ice Skating Social! We will meet at Brenton Plaza for an evening of fun and fellowship with five other area parishes. It is free to skate and $1 to rent skates. Fill out a permission slip and turn into Deb Barry or Lisa Corwin by Wednesday, January 24. For more information, contact Deb at dbarry@saintfrancischurch.org or 515-223-4577 ext. 103.

Past Highlights

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Deb Barry

High School Faith Formation Director
515-223-4577 ext. 103

Lisa Corwin

High School Faith Formation Assistant
515-223-4577 ext. 163