High School Formation

Intentional Discipleship / Faith Formation

In times past, Faith Formation was known as Religious Education, a name that implies the conveying of information.  Certainly there needs to be shared information, but Faith Formation is much more. Faith formation goes beyond informing, to forming disciples, disciples who will take on the Mission of Jesus: To Love as He Loved.  It is our goal that ALL will be transformed.

Sacrament of Confirmation: 8th Grade

The Church has always respected the sensus fidei of the faithful. Pope Francis writes, “As part of his mysterious love for humanity, God furnishes the totality of the faithful with an instinct of faith – sensus fidei – which helps them discern what is truly of God.” We offer the sacrament of Confirmation to students at the end of their 8th grade year. The 8th grade students will receive the sacrament on May 10, 2018. Confirmation small groups – whose mission is forming disciples - will be held on Wednesday evenings at 4:15 and 6:15. Retreats, speakers, and other activities will occur at other times.

Forming Disciples (8th grade+): In the years following Confirmation we plan to have opportunities for full immersion into the young adult life of St. Jude: exciting events, group and mini retreats by grade level, leadership formation opportunities, dynamic speakers, small gatherings for prayer and bible studies, Music ministry, and service opportunities. Students: I welcome your ideas!

St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Leadership Team

The St. Jude of the Lake Leadership team is composed of high school Juniors and Senors who have an active faith life and integrate this faith into their daily lives. The mission of the Leadership team is three-fold: (a) to deepen the faith life of the individual members; (b) to provide Catholic leadership training based on character development; (c) to provide opportunities for leadership in the Church.

Leadership models usually begin with an assessment of skills, gifts, and personality. Very few programs attempt development and formation of character as its basis. We aim for the latter model, namely that a Catholic leader is someone who understands the teaching of Jesus as the center of their life, created in the image and likeness of God, rather than simply a static personality or a skill set that someone learns. This means that faith and character are the foundation upon which skills are nurtured. Applications will be available in June 2017.


Young Adult Ministry

The Twin Cities is known for its vibrant young adult Catholic community (second behind Boston and Denver). There are three options in our Archdiocese to have fun and meet other young Catholic professions:

Vespers at Lourdes
Located at Lourdes Church in Minneapolis, the evening begins with chanted evening prayer, also know as Vespers. This is an ancient tradition of the Church in which the Psalms of David are recited before the Blessed Sacrament. Following Vespers and some brief time for prayer, the evening continues with a free will offering bar with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. In addition, presentations explore the inherent tension of living a vibrant, excellent, and full Catholic life as a lay professional, leaving listeners better prepared to face the challenges young Catholics face in today's world.
Website: https://vespersatlourdes.com 

Catholic Beer Club
Like many great ideas, Catholic Beer Club was discovered by accident. A couple friends decided to get a beer. After discussing life and the beauty of relationships, they decided that this experience must be made more available and promoted as a part of the New Evangelization.  The engagement of the participants, the absence of an agenda, and the union of Catholic communities has established beautiful relationships. Many successful events have followed in cities across the country. CBC members continue engaging the culture as they bring together the young adult Catholic community in the public sphere, calling on young adults to reach outside of themselves, and creating an open atmosphere for the discussion of everything from Beer to God. 
Although Jesus Christ was an extraordinary man, his gospel has been taken up by ordinary men. We are these ordinary people, and in this case we must be ordinary to proclaim his extraordinary gospel message. In the end, CBC is a gathering of young people who love Catholicism, beer, and good conversation-all in moderation.
Twin Cities Young Adults (TCYA)
TCYA brings young leaders around the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis together to help each other:
  • Build fellowship while participating in a regional community
  • Socialize with spiritual peers in a variety of settings
  • Challenge the exodus of young Catholics from the church
  • Build a deeper understanding and relationship with Christ and His Church
  • Own their faith by serving humanity in accordance with how God calls them