Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Director: Summer Kish, 330-764-8961, firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool and Elementary Helpers
Sunday morning preschool (during 10 a.m. Mass) and elementary programs (Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings) utilize adults and young adults (in grades 9 through 12) who would like to assist in classrooms. An orientation program and guidance is given to help you understand and carry out this wonderful ministry.
Adult and young adult catechists provide preschool students, ages 3 to 5, spiritual growth and beginning experiences of formal religious education. Classes are on Sunday mornings in the school during the 10 a.m. Mass from fall through spring. Instructions and help, plus texts and materials, are given to assist those who are willing to share their time, talents and love of Jesus.
The formal religious education program for students attending public schools or home school is offered on Monday afternoons from 4:45 to 6 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., fall through spring. Catechists are given training and assistance as they lead our youth in grades 1-5 in a formal setting of religious education. Text and materials are used to help catechists share their faith and time with our young people. Staff meetings with directives are provided each year.
The Edge Facilitators
The Edge, for students in grades six and seven, is an exciting program that takes place in a non-classroom setting on Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8 p.m. from fall through spring. Our facilitators receive training and materials to assist them in bringing a different style of sharing and experiencing faith and Church to our students. We need adults as well as juniors and seniors in high school each week to bring these students more experiences of their faith.
This is a week-long experience of service and fun offered for students who have completed grades 6, 7 and 8. The program for our youth is designed to give service to others in different areas of social justice. Students may be in the parish day, public or home school setting to be involved. We need high school juniors and seniors to be counselors as well as parents/adults who are able to drive the students to their service locations.
Vacation Bible School
This is a Catholic, Bible-based program for children in our parish age 4 through grade five. We have a different theme each year. This summer program is an exciting adventure and enables youth to experience the Scriptures through instructions and different activities. High school students and adults are needed. There are many areas of need: craft helpers, music, playground, snack, set up, scenery design, etc. We will meet in the spring to begin planning this year’s program. It takes many hands to make this a great experience for our parish youth.
Youth Minister: Dawn Cavanaugh, 330-764-8958, email@example.com
St. Francis Xavier Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church. SFX Life Teen’s goal is to lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, SFX Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.
We achieve this mission through weekly Life Nights, a fall retreat led by the Core Team, a Peer-to-Peer Spring Retreat, service opportunities and XLT nights. We also offer weekly Teen Tuesdays, which are social nights, and Theology Thursdays, where the teens can dig deeper into certain topics such as Apologetics, Heaven and Hell, Spiritual Warfare and other questions they have about their Catholic faith.
What is a Life Night?
Life Nights are teaching moments that bring to life our Catholic Faith and relevant issues for teens.
There are 4 basic types of Life Nights:
Life Teen Parents
This is a ministry for all parents of high school students assisting in the following programs. By your help and involvement you are showing your teen and their friends your interest, care and love for them.
Life Teen Refreshments and Core Support
Refreshments are provided at each Life Teen night.
Ministers needed to: plan, organize and set up for refreshments.
Time required: This commitment, which includes clean up, requires only 45 minutes to one hour of time on a given Sunday night.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
Principal: Mrs. Danene Beal, 330-725-3345, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Francis Xavier School educates about 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, plus about 65 more in our Little Sailors Preschool. “We educate for excellence and together we learn to become disciples of Christ!”
Parent Teacher Association
The St. Francis Xavier PTA helps provide support for continued quality Catholic education. Membership includes all parents or guardians of any child who is attending St. Francis Xavier School. Meetings are held on Mondays every other month at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. in the Church Basement Social Hall or the Xavier Room, beginning each September (click here for current dates/times/locations).
Ministers needed to: Become involved with committees that serve our school and promote Catholic education
Time required: Varies
St. Francis Xavier School Playground/Lunch Aide
Volunteers for this ministry provide a safe, clean environment in which the children of St. Francis Xavier School can eat and play. Volunteers are needed 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Also, please remember that you must first report to the school office to get a pass to enter the cafeteria. A volunteer can choose any day and frequency to help.
Ministers needed to: assist children with opening packages, cleaning spills, wiping tables and supervising the children on the playground.
Time required: a little over 1 hour, as often as you wish
The St. Francis Xavier day school library is a very interactive space Monday through Friday during the school year. Located next to the computer lab, the library and lab see the entire population of the school each week. Volunteers ensure the quality of both our school library and computer lab programs. Your gift of time is a wonderful and much-needed gift in our day school setting. Our volunteers are a talent and treasure that is greatly appreciated!
Ministers needed to: Younger students need help accessing websites and logging into applications, troubleshooting; in the library, volunteers shelve and/or repair books, check books in and out, perform easy catalog jobs, decorate, dust/straighten shelves, and sometimes read stories to the children.
Time required: Varies with availability and need