The Newman Center offers religious education (catechesis) opportunities for children and youth from Pre-K through high school. The Newman Catechesis program is unique in that many UNC students teach catechesis and serve as ministry coordinators as part of a student led catechesis leadership team.
Student leaders plan and direct service opportunities, retreats, and community gatherings for Newman's children, families, and youth, as well as support catechists and classroom needs. UNC students interested in gaining experience in the areas of education and ministry find that serving as a catechist or a Catechesis leadership team member is particularly rewarding.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is for the spiritual formation of our children. CGS is a hands-on, Montessori-inspired catechesis program. Children ages four and five are eligible to enroll for CGS Level I. CGS Level II is for children in the first and second grades. Children work with materials that represent essential proclamations of the Christian message. the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium is a place to be with God, enjoy God, listen to Scripture, engage with the liturgy of the Church, and pray.
4th & 5th grade catechesis
Catechesis for grades four and five is held on most Sundays from mid-September to early May. Children meet with their catechists after the 9:00 am Mass from 10:30 am to 11:45 am in the Newman Activity Center. Families seeking First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for their children will participate in two years of sacramental preparation. The children receive the sacraments at the end of their second grade year.
Junior Youth Ministry
Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) is for children in the 7th and 8th grade, and meets in the Newman library on most Sundays from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm. JYM combines catechesis with opportunities for service and community building.
Newman Youth Ministry
Newman Youth Ministry (NYM) is for teenagers in grades 9 through 12, and meets on most Sundays from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in the Newman Activity Center. NYM combines catechesis with youth group activities, small group discussion, and an opportunity to participate in a week-long mission trip in the summer. NYM includes two years of Confirmation preparation with a focus on Mass participation, service, outreach, and retreats.