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Middle School Faith Formation - The Edge

Edge - Middle School Faith Formation (6-7th grade)

   Our Edge program allows young people to be open to the Holy Spirit through social, educational, and spiritual experiences.  They will to build upon their foundation of the Catholic faith and become spiritual participants within the Church now and into the future in a fun and engaging way. Students will be in large and small group settings with their peers and will build community while learning, praying and growing closer to God. 

   Outside of the regular program, we also offer students several spiritual and social events to attend throughout the year such as retreats, rallies, lock-ins, and more. Many of these events are coordinated with other churches throughout our diocese. Registration and further information on these events is communicated throughout the year via email and social media.  

6th gr. Note:  Students receive a Catholic Youth Bible to use in MS (and HS) CFF classes and to keep; please add a $10 book  (cost is $25 new).

Purpose - Confirmation Preparation & Celebration (8th grade)

Incoming 8th grade students who are baptized are eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 8th graders will be Confirmed in the Spring at the Cathedral of St. Andrew (date TBA). We have bi-weekly meetings where we learn about how to pray well, evangelize, and ultimately be Christ’s disciples.

A parent meeting will be held in early October detailing the process and schedule for the year, student and parent responsibilities, the Confirmation retreat (mandatory), and other information. Registration in the Faith Formation program and Enrollment in the Sacramental Preparation process is required.

Important note regarding Sacrament Preparation:  Students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation (8th gr.), must attend in person Faith Formation classes, during the year of preparation.  

Edge is held bi-weekly on Sundays from 6-7:30pm from October through March.  For the Faith Formation Registration form for the 2021-22 year:  click here.  To view the MS calendar click here

For questions, contact Whitney Cunningham, Coordinator of Middle and High School Youth Ministry or the CFF office at 616-891-8867.

Social Media  Important information specifically for MS and HS

Holy Family’s Internet Use Policy for its employees establishes strict guidelines as to proper conduct on the Internet and the appropriate content of communications, blogs, and websites.  Behavior must adhere to the Diocesan Standards of Ministerial Behavior in Dealing with Children and Young People at all times. 

As church workers who care deeply about our young people, we urge parents to regularly monitor their children’s internet, electronic devices and social networking activity.  The Virtus, Michigan CSI, and MI Attorney General’s websites have great information on the parental role in internet safety. 

We intend to communicate regularly with students via Social Media.  The Diocese of Grand Rapids does not allow ministry participant minors to interact with employees of the parish without written consent from the parent or guardian.  Your permission is requested on the registration form.

Holy Family Youth Ministry - intended audience MS and HS students, parents and volunteers

You can follow us on:
· Instagram:  HolyFamily_Whitney
· Facebook Page:  Holy Family Youth Ministry 
· Remind Texting Service*: MS Text @HolyFamMS to 81010
                                              HS Text @HolyFamHS 81010 

                                              Confirmation @hfconfirm to 81010