Youth Faith Formation

Youth Faith Formation

According to the “National Directory for Catechesis,” the fundamental task of catechesis is the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. “Jesus instructed his disciples; he prayed with them; he showed them how to live; and he gave them his mission….” Faith must be celebrated, lived and expressed in prayer.

Faith formation at St. Elizabeth Seton is  based on this model of catechesis. Classes are available for children from age 3 through high school. The presentations are based on the curriculum of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. They also include experiences that reinforce the instruction and relate to life experiences. It is expected that children participate in both religious formation and Sunday Mass.


View the 2018-2019 Religious Education Calendar.



Information about how to register on


Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-5 use the “Allelu!” textbook series published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Register your child. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.


Sunday mornings, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Wednesday afternoons, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Kindergarten uses the “Allelu!” textbook series by Our Sunday Visitor.

Grades 1-5 use the “Finding God” series by Loyola Press.

Register your child. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.

Middle School

Grades 6 & 7 – Seton Connect
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Sunday evenings, 7-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday afternoons, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Seton offers Seton Connect for middle school youth in grades 6 and 7. This youth group program includes large group presentations, small group discussions and social time. Catechesis is based on the four pillars of the Catholic Church: creed, sacrament, morality and prayer.


Grade 8 – Confirmation Preparation
Sunday evenings,10:45-11:45 a.m. or  7-8:00 p.m,  and Wednesday afternoons, 4:15-5:15 p.m. under Grade 8 (includes Confirmation prepraration).

At St. Elizabeth Seton, students in grade 8 meet separately from Seton Connect. Throughout the year, they will focus on Confirmation preparation.

High School

Seton Hall

Sunday evenings, 7-8:00 p.m.
Retreats, spiritual, service and social opportunities take place throughout the year.

As part of the faith formation team at St. Elizabeth Seton, our youth ministry program seeks to form disciples of Christ and his Church. This encompasses opportunities for prayer, sacraments, service, retreats and fellowship. We work with both middle and high school students as they continue their formation as young Catholic men and women.

The program is open to any high school student in grades 9-12. Retreats, scripture study, weekly fellowship, social activities, service—join us for one or join us for them all!

Meetings take place on Sunday evenings from 7-8:00 p.m. in the Upper Room.

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation is part of the weekly religious formation program at the second and eighth grade levels. The preparation is designed to support and help families prepare their children as they journey toward full initiation into the Catholic Church.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Children who will reach the age of seven by September 1 are invited to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Preparation will be held during second grade class sessions throughout the school year.

Children are expected to attend all classes and two retreat days.

Parents are expected to attend an information session and the two retreat days.

Information Sessions (For Parents)
• Sunday, August 19th from 10:45 – 11:45 AM
• Tuesday, August 28th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
• Thursday, September 6th from 9:15-10:15 AM.

Retreat Sessions (For Parents and Children)
• December 1st
• April 27th

Contact Kristen Swift 317-816-0045, ext. 3113


Those in grade 8 or older who have already received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to participate in the preparation and celebration of Confirmation. Preparation is on Sunday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., 7-8:00 p.m, and Wednesday afternoons, 4:15-5:15 p.m. under Grade 8 (includes Confirmation prepraration). The year will include the 8th grade religious education curriculum, Confirmation preparation and sessions for parents and/or sponsors.  Candidates for confirmation will be divided into two groups for preparation and offsite retreats. All candidates are expected to attend the retreats.


Confirmation Letter

Confirmation Eligibility


Emily Sipes, 317-816-0045, ext. 145

Children with special needs

The “National Directory for Catechesis” states: “We are a single flock under the care of a single shepherd. There can be no separate Church for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities, especially children, are particularly beloved of the Lord and are integral members of the Christian Community. They include those with cognitive disabilities, those with developmental disabilities, those with learning disabilities, the emotionally disturbed, persons with physical disabilities, the hard of hearing, the deaf, the visually impaired, the blind and others. All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the Christian community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life. They are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.” (49).

The staff of St. Elizabeth Seton encourages parents of children with special needs to enroll their children in religious education. The parents and staff will work together to find the most appropriate setting for  catechesis for each child. Possibilities include participation in the grade level classroom, the assistance of an instructional assistant, small group instruction, and individual instruction. Contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for children ages 4-7. They will be invited to participate during the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on those Sundays that Religious Education is scheduled during the school year. No registration is required. Children will be dismissed from the assembly after the opening prayer and will return during the Presentation of Gifts.

For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.


The Religious Formation Program at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church relies on the generosity of time and talent of volunteer catechists. Each year, over 100 catechists are needed. Two catechists are assigned to each classroom with up to 20 children.

Orientation sessions are scheduled at the beginning of the year to provide information and guidance to volunteers.

Become a volunteer Catechist

Safe & Sacred Training

All those who volunteer with children in any capacity are required to complete an online Safe & Sacred training course once every three years. Learn more about Safe & Sacred.

Catechist formation sessions are also held throughout the year to provide formation opportunities for all catechists on their own personal faith journeys.

Preschool catechists
Catechists for children ages 3 through Pre-Kindergarten provide formation for these children during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Ideal catechists for this group would be individuals who do not have preschool-age children, so that the parents can attend Mass during class. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.

Elementary catechists
Formation sessions for Grades K-5 are offered on:

  • Sundays from 8:15-9:15 a.m.
  • Sundays from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Catechists are encouraged to remain in the same grade level each year to gain experience and expertise in the curriculum.

An elementary catechist advisory board includes two lead catechists from each grade level who provide a syllabus and coordinate lesson plans for the grade level. This encourages collaboration among those who teach each grade and provides a consistent experience for all children. For more information, contact Kristen Swift at 317-816-0045, ext. 3113.

Middle school catechists
Formation sessions for grades 6-7 are held on:

  • Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m.
  • Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday afternoons at 4:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Greg F.

Sacramental preparation Catechists

Preparation for Confirmation is scheduled on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. from September through April.


Substitute catechists are required when a catechist needs to be gone for any reason.

Catechist certification
The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana offers a Catechists Certification Program called F.I.R.E. Catechists are encouraged to participate. Learn more about the certification.

Volunteer Opportunities

Safe & Sacred Training

All those who volunteer with children in any capacity are required to complete an online Safe & Sacred training course once every three years. Learn more about Safe & Sacred.

High School Youth Ministry Core Group

The High School Youth Ministry Core Group works with the High School “Seton Hall” program by planning and facilitating their meetings held on Sundays from 7-8:00 p.m. Contact Emily Sipes at 317-816-0045, ext. 3145, for more information.

Confirmation Retreat Team

Volunteers are needed to assist in planning and facilitating the annual confirmation retreats each year.

Retreat Days

Volunteers are needed to assist in facilitating two morning retreats for Formation families. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Children are dismissed from the Nave after the opening prayer and return during the Prayer of the Faithful. The children go to the Daily Mass Chapel for their own Liturgy of the Word to hear the readings and experience a reflection geared toward children ages 4-7. Volunteers may teach, lead songs, assist with crafts and help supervise the children. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.


Volunteers are needed in the Nursery for evenings and weekend events to provide child care for those who are attending parish events. Contact Kristen Swift for more information.

Special events

Volunteers are needed for special events such as the reception for First Reconciliation, preparing for Liturgies for First Eucharist and Confirmation, food service for retreat days, and other events that come up throughout the year.


Floaters volunteer one to two times each month during the religious formation sessions. A floater is available for extra help in the classrooms or the office.

Summer Opportunities

Seton Summer Series

The Seton Summer Series is a weeklong summer program that gives children a Catholic experience of community, service and faith. More information to come in early 2019!