Welcome to Jr. High Youth Ministry, D.A.S.H. (Disciples Actively Striving for Holiness) at St. Anne. 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. We want our youth to continue to actively work towards getting closer to God through prayer and the Sacraments We desire for them to know their Catholic faith and LIVE it out in our world – this all is holiness!
DASH JHYM encompasses four areas:
1) Religious Education – learning some facts about our faith
2) Confirmation prep (part of R.E. beginning in 6th grade) – encouraging a more personal relationship with Jesus
3) Social events (2-3 a year)
4) Prayer and Service Opportunities
D.A.S.H Religious Education
DASH 2 & 3 RE 2018-2019 TENTATIVE calendar changes will be coming for some events
Please go to the Parent Page for materials. Jr. High Students register on the same form as elementary students.
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. Information about requirements are incorporated below into information for each level. Or, you can click here for the Confirmation page.
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.
Because students come to us at different grades in their life to prepare for Confirmation, we have used “levels” DASH 1, 2 or 3, as sometimes an 8th grader could be working on 6th grade content to catch up in their preparation requirements.
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.
DASH 1 (6th grader) Students
–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.
6 HOURS OF SERVICE (turned in when completed or at end of year)
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 food r is provided before a movie to watch or an activity/speaker.
Catholic Heart WorkCamp (Mission Trip)
Check out http://heartworkcamp.com/
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. Interest level early on will determine the possibility of a trip.
The team usually leaves on Sunday of the week and stays through that Friday. The place is chosen by the weeks offered (thus the dates) through CHWC and the type of camp that allows us to include incoming 8th graders. The cost to each participant is approximately $400.00
Here are comments from our 1st group of teens in 2016.
“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