About Us

Youth Formation Vision

St. John’s is excited to present a new approach to handing on the faith to the new generation of young Catholics. Established during the Year of Faith (2012-2013), our new Youth Formation Program integrates a comprehensive formation program that not only involves catechetical instruction, but also a total human, spiritual and pastoral formation. It is a more holistic approach to meeting the challenges of the New Evangelization in the modern world.

The approach of our formation program moves beyond the classroom instruction of past programs such as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) or traditional Religious Education models. It also moves into a contemporay ministry for young people utilizing the Life Teen and Edge programs that present a greater emphasis on Catechesis and Ministry unlike the traditional Catholic Youth Organziations (CYO) or recent "youth groups". St. John’s Youth Formation Program implements new, modern, educational and cognitive learning techniques by implementing a hands on learning through training in prayer, sacraments, using group learning and activities, and a more personal approach to the overall development of young people and their growth in faith.

St. Nicholas Project

Curriculum Fidelity

All resources, programs, methods and curricula are carefully selected to be at the service of the content which is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Our goal is always to user resources that are faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, age appropriate, and truly is a proclamation of the Good News that has been handed onto us by the Apostles.

All resources used for Sacramental Preparation are in conformity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We will also implement in age appropriate ways the Theology of the Body according to the teachings of St. Pope John Paul II into all grade levels ranging from topics of friendship to searching for the meaning in relationships and saying yes to the gift of a vocation to marriage, priesthood, and religious life.

Pope Benedict XVI

"Young people need to be helped to discern the path that leads to true freedom: the path of a sincere and generous imitation of Christ, the path of committment, justice and peace. Much progress has been made in developing solid program of catechesis, yet so much more remains to be done in forming the hearts and minds of the young in knowledge and love of the Lord. The challenges confronting us require a comprehensive and sound instruction in the truth of the faith. But they also call for cultivating a mindset, an intellectual "culture", which is genuinely Catholic, confident in the profound harmony of faith and reason and prepared to bring the richness of faith's vision to bear on the urgent issues which affect the future of American society." (Homily April 17, 2008, Nationals Stadium, Washignton, D.C.)