Junior High Youth Ministry



Welcome to Jr. High Youth Ministry, DASH (Disciples Actively Striving for Holiness) at St. Anne.  The overall goal of DASH is summed up well in the above picture; a mixture of many elements is needed for a young adolescent to grow spiritually.  Most important to them is that there is a social aspect to faith learning!  Our overall goal in 6 – 8th grade is to teach through example how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Catholic faith, and to do so by engaging our youth in learning and great experiences.

DASH JHYM encompasses four areas: 1) Religious Education, 2) Confirmation which is part of R.E. preparation, 3) Social events, and 4) Service opportunities

D.A.S.H Religious Education

2017-2018 Sunday 7th 8th grade DASH Calendar

2017-2018 Monday 7th grade DASH calendar

Please go to the Parent Page for materials.  Jr. High Students register on the same form as elementary students.

Curriculum for Jr. High is from St. Mary’s Press Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers.  The textbook is the backbone for lessons from 6 – 8th grade.  Lesson plans are geared toward the social and cognitive needs of students for their grade level.

6th graders
Meet on their chosen day: Monday – Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30pm or 6 – 7pm.
-Their focus is the Old Testament.  On the first day of class, students meet together with our Pastor as he blessed and gift them with a special Bible for their studies.
-Connections to Confirmation are made at different points in the year. 

7th graders
Meet on Sundays at either 4 – 5:30pm or 6:30 -8pm.
– NEW for 2017-2018 is an option for Monday 7:30 – 9pm.
– Their focus is the New Testament for the 1st half of the year and morality the 2nd half of the year.
– Throughout each session Confirmation preparation remains a focus and is intertwined in the lessons, especially through two unique family projects/reflections.
– Other expected Confirmation components are separate from the Sunday DASH session (Rite of Enrollment, Service hours and Faithboosters.)

8th graders
Meet on Sundays at either 4 – 5:30pm or 6:30 -8pm.
Their focus on the meaning of faith and discipleship by: diving deeper into tenants of the faith in the Apostle’s Creed; learning more about the Mass through the program “Altaration” from Ascension Press; relooking at the awesome gift of the Eucharist; and how to live out the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
– The session format for 8th graders offers large group experiences interspersed with small group discussion.
– Other expected Confirmation components are separate from the Sunday DASH session (Discipleship hours, Faithboosters, Sponsor Conversations, and their half day retreat.)

Homeschooling Option

We understand that families are very busy with outside activities, and we listen to situations on an individual basis.  Homeschooling is an option for a 6th grader.  However, due to the Diocesan policy and the nature of the interactive sessions with more intentional preparation for Confirmation, 7th and 8th graders must be present with regular attendance at their DASH RE sessions.


At St. Anne students are prepared for Confirmation from 6th – 8th grade.  This allows them to have two solid years of catechesis covering the Old and New Testament before they move into a more youth group style Confirmation program in their 8th grade year.  Students typically receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall of a student’s Freshman year of High School.

For all other requirements/links for Confirmation, please click here for the Confirmation page.

Social & Service events

At least twice throughout the year we offer a DASH JHYM night.  This follows a Saturday 5pm Mass when the homily is geared to Jr. High youth.  After Mass dinner is provided before a movie to watch.  A discussion then follows about how God/our faith is present in the non-religious movie shown.

Catholic Heart WorkCamp

In the Fall, current 7th and 8th graders (and parents chaperones) are invited to consider participating in a summer week long experience of their Catholic faith.  Students and adults usually leave on Sunday of the week, and stay through that Friday.  The place is chosen by the weeks offered through CHWC and the type of camp that allows us to include incoming 8th graders. The cost to each participate is approximately $375.

Here are comments from our 1st group in 2016 who went to Muskegon, Michigan.

“I had a great time at CHWC.  The service was hard work, but very rewarding.  The evening programs were very fun.  The reconciliation and personal prayer time was very peaceful and enjoyable.  All in all, I had a great experience at CHWC find God through service.”  DK

“The Catholic Heart Workcamp was an amazing experience.  I learned about myself and that I would like to include more prayer in my daily life.  It was nice to get out and do something positive for a struggling community.  It was wonderful to connect with a family that needed help.  I would do it again, it is very regimented, but an excellent experience.”  ML 

“I feel like I am coming out of this experience a much better person ….  Camp was amazing, I learned so much about myself and God. I will remember and treasure this experience forever, I can honestly say I found Jesus at CHWC.  🙂 ”  DB