Our mission is Christ’s mission. Our goal is to form disciples who form disciples. Jesus does the work, we provide the hands and feet.

We accomplish this mission by:

1. Offering engaging Catholic faith formation for children and families, staffed by caring and trained volunteers.

2. Preparing children and adults to become missionary disciples.

3. Creating opportunities for enriching faith formation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of understanding.

Religious Education Classes

Faith Formation classes are offered for Pre-K (4 yrs old) through 8th grade. Weekly options are available that meet on Sundays, and Thursdays. This year we have several different options, including youth-ministry based middle school options!

You can register your child for Faith Formation by clicking THE LINK BELOW:

If you are not a member of St. John, and would like to register for our classes, an additional fee of $100.00 will be added to your registration fee.

*We reserve the right to cancel classes/sessions with low enrollment!

Class Options:

  1. AT HOME (PreK-8th; $40/child): 3 times this year, you will pick up your lessons called “Gospel Weeklies.” Each grade/lesson focuses on the Gospel for the upcoming week and you will receive weekly resource emails.
  2. VIRTUAL (PreK-8th; $30/child): Elementary students will have all resources in a digital format emailed every Monday morning. Middle School students will ideally be able to participate in SUMMIT via Zoom, every Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm.
  3. IN PERSON Middle School: (6th-8th grade ONLY; $50/child) Students will practice social distancing and wear masks to SUMMIT, every Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm in the Portico.

TUITION

Here are your options for the 2020-2021 Faith Formation Year:

  1. AT HOME (PreK-8th; $40/child): 3 times this year, you will pick up your lessons called “Gospel Weeklies.” Each grade/lesson focuses on the Gospel for the upcoming week and you will receive weekly resource emails.
  2. VIRTUAL (PreK-8th; $30/child): Elementary students will have all resources in a digital format emailed every Monday morning. Middle School students will ideally be able to participate in SUMMIT via Zoom, every Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm.
  3. FAMILY OF FAITH (IN PERSON) (ALL AGES+ Parents; $100/Family): Parents come once a month (on a Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm) beginning November 11th, to learn how they can become a family of faith and will also receive weekly emails. One Sunday night/month, the entire family (parents, grandparents & children) will join in a Family-centered Holy Hour. This year has been more challenging. We need to learn how to pray as a family.
  4. IN PERSON Middle School: (6th-8th grade ONLY; $50/child) Students will practice social distancing and wear masks to SUMMIT, every Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm in the Portico.

What about First Communion?

SACRAMENTAL PREP: (2nd grade; $20/child) Students in 2nd grade will come in-person (events will also be live-streamed) 1st Saturday/month beginning in November to events in the portico/church IN ADDITION to attending one of options #1-3 above.

How can I actually pay?!

Tuition can be paid online– BUT IT IS NOT part of the sign-up process. After registering, you MUST go to the “Giving” tab at the top of the main website (www.sjwest.org) and go to “Donate NOW.”  You will immediately be moved to our donation site. Scroll to the bottom and highlight “Religious Education Tuition,” calculate what you owe and pay that amount. You may also mail us a check:

Attn: Lina Ocasio, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: [Open to any 8th-11th grader who has completed a year of formation PRIOR to this 2020-2021 school year! (8th graders must be registered in a Faith Formation Session AS WELL AS one of the prep sessions. When Confirmation Sessions begin, students will be required to continue going to SUMMIT.

So, What about Confirmation?

Ideally, we want to hold Confirmation classes in-person and virtually. Anyone who is currently registered for Faith Formation will be included in the communication in December, 2020. We will NOT determine what that looks like until December.

FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR COMING SOON!

Youth Faith Formation

Nursery

The parish nursery is available during the 8:45 am and the 10:30 am Masses for children under 6 years old. The nursery is located in the St. Mark room of the school. The room is right across from the religious education office. Parishioners should enter the school through the entrance that is directly across from the portico. When religious education is in session, parents will have to sign in and then make their way to the nursery. Children are watched by a trained professional, given a beeper and age-appropriate activities and toys are available. Parents of young children are asked to bring a diaper bag.

Children’s Liturgy

Takes place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Students who are in 4th grade or older can participate as lectors. All children are invited into the sanctuary for the homily. This group also puts on the 4:30 pm Christmas Pageant at the Christmas Eve mass in the Church every year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

All children, ages 4-8 years old, are invited to participate in this monthly offering at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebrant invites the children to briefly move to a designated location for a special Liturgy of the Word, adapted for them, with a homily and Prayer of the Faithful. Afterward, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, the children rejoin their families for the remainder of the Liturgy.

Boy Scouts

St. John parish sponsors a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troop #420 – For boys aged 10/12 to 18 years of age. The Troop meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the cafeteria of St. John School. For more information contact Chris Joneckis 410-795-0069 / joneckis@comcast.net

Cub Scouts

St. John sponsors a Cub Scout Pack #420 – For boys in grades 1-5. Pack meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from September through May at 6:30 p.m. Den meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Myers.

CYO Basketball

CYO Boys & Girls Travel Basketball

Parish-sponsored league for players in grades 4 through 8 interested in representing the St. John School Eagles throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Tryouts are held in the St. John School gymnasium in September. Adult volunteers, please call the CYO League coordinator. Contact?……………

Intramural Girls and Boys Basketball

Boys’ Intramural

St. John sponsors the program in conjunction with the Carroll County Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Over 500 boys play on 45 teams. Teams are composed of students in K-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-9th grades. Practices begin in mid-October, with games scheduled from December through March. The program is staffed by volunteers. An annual benefit is held to augment the registration fee.

Girls Intramural

A parish sponsored league for girls in K through 9th grades. Practices begin in mid-February, with games scheduled from March through May. The program is staffed by volunteers. Registration cost is $42. Contact Tim Norwood.