Religious Eduction Classes are available for 4 & 5 year olds of families who attend 9:15am Sunday masses and last around 20 minutes. The children are led by two adults and a few youth aides to hear, discuss, and enjoy activities related to the Scripture readings of the Sunday. They are able to experience the message of God's word on a level of their understanding. Each Sunday they receive an activity leaflet to work with and to take home with them.
This program is available for every family that wishes to attend the 9:15 A.M. Sunday Liturgy. It is not required that parents register their children before they send them to enjoy the Children's Liturgy. An information letter will be sent to the parents by way of the children.
Totus Tuus (Totally Yours) is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for grade school, junior high, and high school youth. Led by the Diocese, Totus Tuus gathers college students and seminarians into teams of four and sends them out to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various parishes throughout the diocese. St. Anthony hosts a Totus Tuus team as they serve St. Anthony & Sacred Heart students for a week in June or July at St. Anthony Grade School. Totus Tuus will be held in 2016 from June 26-July 1. The Totus Tuus team puts on a program Sunday-Thursday from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM for junior high and high school young adults. The grade school program for students entering grades 1-6 runs from Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. The topic of discussion rotates each year between studying the Creed, Sacraments, Ten Commandments, Virtues and Beatitudes, Prayer, and the Mystery of Salvation. They also focus on a Mystery of the Rosary each year.
The Effingham area Catholic youth group is open to any youth in grades 9-12 from the Effingham area. The group meets on a weekly basis (from September to May). The youth group strives to grow in community and fellowship as well as in each individual's faith life. The youth group combines faith and fun and service throughout the year. EACYG meets Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00 at Sacred Heart parish.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country.
Please visit our dedicated St. Anthony World Youth Day Page for more information.
Each summer, an opportunity is offered for 4-8 year olds to have a fun week of Bible study and activities. The VBS session, beginning on a Monday and ending on Friday, usually occurs in June or early July. Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham hosts VBS each summer.
Classes are divided according to age groups and size of the classes. The children experience age-appropriate Bible stories, plays, music, snacks, crafts, and activities around themes selected by the coordinators before the beginning of the VBS. A small fee is requested with registration to cover the cost of materials.