St. Catherine’s uses the Journey to Adulthood curriculum for its youth program. The program falls into three distinct phases, each of which is two years in length: Rite-13, J2A (Journey To Adulthood), and YA (Young Adults).
What is… The Journey to Adulthood?
It is a program of spiritual formation for young people that provides a liturgical framework for their experience in our modern culture, celebrates their individuality and their creative potential, and instructs them in skills needed for successful adult participation in church and society. The program is based on two key concepts: (1) manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and (2) adulthood must be earned. It includes in-depth exploration of Self, Spirituality, Sexuality, and Society. The Journey to Adulthood balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the challenges of the journey from childhood to adulthood. The Journey to Adulthood promise: If you seek the Christ, together we will find him.
- Rite-13 (Sixth and Seventh Grades)
The Rite-13 program assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. The liturgical celebration of the gift of womanhood and manhood is an integral part of this group’s curriculum.
- J2A (Eighth and Ninth Grades)
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the heart of the entire program—it blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research and information management, partnership, and leadership. This program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. At the end of this level, each young adult is given an opportunity to be confirmed and is acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility.
- YA—Young Adults (Tenth and Eleventh grades)
Building on the foundations of Rite-13 and J2A, the YA class takes a deeper look into the issues of self, society, spirituality and sexuality, as well as works to strengthen the bonds that have been formed over the previous four years. They are recognized as young adults, rather than children, and are invited to make a holy pilgrimage at the end of their first year. In addition to work in the classroom, the class plans a mission trip for the summer after their second year, with the help of their leaders and the youth director.
- Senior Class (Twelfth grade)
The Senior Class (held in alternate years as needed) meets on Sunday mornings to reflect on where they’ve been and where they are going, to implement the leadership skills they’ve developed, to define and affirm their faith.