7th-8th Grade Calendar

7th & 8th Grade Catechetical Calendar 2017-2018

All sessions are held mostly the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:45 p.m. (unless stated otherwise.)

Topic:  History of the Church – Items in bold required.

Sept 27    6:15-6:55 – Parents/Youth – 7-8th grade Orientation (Keefe Hall)

Oct 11      Youth only – “Mission Possible! Christ Lived, Died, Rose and Ascended into Heaven – now what?”  A.D. 30-100 – The Beginnings of the Church – Pentecost, Birthday of the Church, Church of the Apostles, becoming a disciple.  Liturgical Ministry sheet due.

Oct 25    Youth only – “One Direction! The Communion of Saints! Striving Towards the Same Purpose – Heaven! A.D. 100-300 – Early Christian Communities – Persecutions begin, Christians literally go underground to survive, hear martyrs’ stories; hear what life was like for the Early Christians!

Sat. Oct 28th – Raking Leaves & Pizza! – Optional service opportunity!  Permission slip needed. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nov 8     Youth only – “The Church Victorious! – From “Outsiders to Insiders!” A.D. 300-500 – The Vision of Constantine!  With the conversion of Constantine, and the Edict of Milan, Christians go from being underground to the main religion! –  The Nicene Creed is formed.  Saint for home project chosen.


Dec. 6    Youth only7th-8th Grade Retreat – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Theme:  “Just Say ‘Yes!’” – including pizza (Annex,

   Keefe Hall) Led by Rick Craig.

Dec 20   Children’s Christmas Program – 6:30 p.m.


Jan 10    Parents and Youth – Rick Craig – Speaker – topic – “Catholicism is Cool!” – Beginning Stations of the Cross practice/meeting at 7:45 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 13thStations of the Cross practice – 6-8 p.m. (Service Opportunity.  Let Cindy know if interested.)

Jan 24   Youth only – “Guard the Treasure!” – A.D. 500-1054 – Expansion, Growth, The Split of 1054 –  Monasteries grew, the start of the “B.C. and A.D.,” the calendar was formed marking Christ’s Birth for all time, Gregorian Chants and the Liturgical Calendar formed, the official split of the Eastern and Western Churches, 7 Sacraments declared officially.  Making a timeline.

Feb 7     Youth only – “Walking Your Talk!” – A.D. 1054-1500 – The Renaissance and Revival of the Church through the Monasteries – St Francis, St Clare. – Saint Assignment due.

Feb 14 – No FF Session – ASH WEDNESDAY – See Bulletin for Mass schedule – (Attend with your family.)

Feb 21   Living Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m. – All 7th/8th Gr. present to display their Saint Project in the Gathering Space.

Feb 28    Safety Session – Online/Offline Safety, Answering Questions Online, Who Are You Talking To? (Parents are welcome to this session too!) (Be prepared to share what you learned about your saint to the class.)

Mar 21    Youth only – “Our Family Tree” A.D. 1500-1600 – The Challenge and Response – Reformation – Martin Luther, The Split of the Church into different denominations. The Council of Trent in response to the need of reform.  Safety review.   Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

Mar 28   – Holy Week – NO SESSION – Check the bulletin for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter MassesAttend all 3 days before Confirmation. Please bring signed cards to class next week. 

Apr 11   Youth only – “Get Smart!”  A.D. 1600-1870 – Sacred or Secular? – Science & Religion – Using technology and science to give Glory to God.  The Enlightenment Period Creates New Challenges:  The Changing Role of the Church, Galileo and the New Age of Science, the Martyrs of Compiegne, Jesuits. (Safety review continued if needed.) Turn in Service Project sheet.

Apr 25   Youth only – Final Session – “Treasure Hunt” – Review Games outside if weather permits – Potluck of treats


Vacation Bible School – July 30 – Aug 3rd, 2018 – 9 a.m. – Noon – (Youth helpers invited!)