Religious Education & Youth Ministry

Religious Education

The religious education program at St. Leo the Great Parish is intended to provide systematic formation in the faith for those in grades 1-10. This instruction along with participation at weekend Mass and faith formation in the home has the goal of leading our young people to a deeper relationship with God and the Church.  

  •  Sacramental preparation is provided for children making their First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 
  • Saturday morning classes are offered for those in grades 1-6. These classes meet roughly every other week on Saturday mornings from 9 AM- 10:30 AM
  • Tuesday evening classes are offered for those in grades 7-10. These classes meet roughly every other week on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM.
  • We also offer an At-Home program in which the young people work on assignments during the month, and then meet once a month on Sundays from 10:35-11:35 AM for grades 1-6 and 12:05-1:20 PM for grades 7-10. Parents stay with their children during these sessions.
  • Inquire about special programming for ages 3-5 with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 

There are a few additional Faith Formation Special Events by grade level for parents and their children throughout the year, as well as additional activities for those preparing to receive Sacraments.

Ask about our weekly youth group for Gr. 6-10 – the St. Leo the Great Contenders – with games, snacks, fellowship, service, and faith development. 

For additional information on St. Leo’s religious education program, please contact: 

Mr. Michael Ruszala, M.A. (Theology & Christian Ministry) 

Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation & Evangelization 

mruszala@stleothegreatamherst.com
835-8905 x 12

“Space” Vacation Bible School July 2020 with Social Distancing Protocols in Place

Religious Ed. Calendar and Tuition

 

2021-22 Registration for Pre-K through Gr. 10 Religious Education (now including Good Shepherd program for ages 3-5)

Religious Education Calendar 2021-22 (Draft Only)

 

Tuition info

  • Parishioner Fee for Gr. 1-10: $60 for one child, $100 for two, $140 for three or more
  • Non-parishioner Fee for Gr. 1-10: $90 per child
  • Good Shepherd Program for Ages 3-5: $30 per family
  • Full or partial financial need waiver available by request

Vacation Bible School – July 2021

Click here to download the registration forms for both participants and volunteers.  Click here to preview the song “I Will Sing Unto the Lord” from Wilderness Escape VBS

Vacation Bible School. Updated as of 5/25! Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides & Provides. Mon-Thurs, July 26-29. Social-distancing and masks required. Groups of 14 children max scheduled for 90-min in-person time slots each morning. Participants: age 4-Gr. 4. Volunteers: Gr. 5-adult. Select one timeslot: 8:30-10:00 AM or 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Cost to families: FREE, with donations appreciated! RSVP required, spots limited. 835-8905 x12 | www.stleothegreatamherst.com/religious-education . * The dates were changed from “July 26, 27, 29, 30” to “Mon-Thurs, July 26-29” to due a change with the planned youth trip to Darien Lake, which will now be Fri, July 30. ** VBS is reserved from 10:00 to 11:30 AM for classes from Little Learners Academy. Please note: snacks (allergy-free), but not meals, will be available at VBS so please plan accordingly!