EDGE is the Life-Teen program designed for the Middle School aged teen.

It aims to meet the spiritual, educational, emotional, and social needs of middle school youth.  No longer children but not yet adolescents, middle school youth are in the middle of countless changes in their lives and literally on “the edge”, about to cross into the thick of their teenage years. 

This program and its leaders address these changes as the youth try to figure out who they are in this world and in the Church. While the youth move from a childlike spirituality into a more adult faith, EDGE helps the youth to come to own their Catholic faith.

Middle School EDGE and Confirmation

Here at St. Pius X we use the EDGE program in conjunction with our Sacrament of Confirmation preparation. 

This is a two-year program that begins in 7th grade and is completed with the entrance into high school. Through a variety of teaching methods, middle school teens engage in large group learning, small group discussions, ice-breakers, team builders, skits, music, activities, games, various prayer forms and much more. 

In addition to the regular EDGE nights, the teens participate in service opportunities and retreats.  All programming and events are designed to foster the youths’ growth in their personal relationships with Christ and his Church.

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Middle School Ministry Contact:

Elizabeth Post, Staff
616.538.2600 x122

Middle School Faith Formation

2021-2022 Calendar

Important Dates

  • Service Day: February 12
  • Participate in Station of the Cross during Lent (Mar 4)
  • Choose a Saint’s name and write a short biography him/her: Mar 6 (8th grade)
  • SPX Confirmation Retreat: Mar 19&20 (8th grade) Saturday -Sunday
    • Rite of Entrance: Sunday Mar 20th at 10:30AM Mass (Sponsor required from 8:30-11:30a)
  • Personal Interview with Elizabeth (8th graders after Mar 20)
  • Know the Apostles Creed: March 21 (all)
  • Letter of Intention: Sunday Mar 27, 2022 (8th grade)

Forms & Registrations

Registration for 2022-2023 will open in August!

MS Homework

If your Middle Schooler has missed an Edge night, there will be homework that he/she will need to complete.  Homework is posted below.

Please contact Elizabeth Post with any questions.

Week 1: Social 9/12/21

No makeup

Week 2: Small Group Bonding 9/19/21

No makeup

Week 3: Prayer 9/26/21 & Week 4: 10/3/21

Watch: Tips for Prayer

Watch: Battle of Prayer

Read: http://lifeteen.com/blog/prayer/

Homeworkhttps://forms.gle/vCkBYhZZoME4KAtx9

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Week 5: Works of Mercy 10/10/21

Watch: the movie “Little Boy”

Homework: https://forms.gle/3gJeUBoRxVYmMa8p9

Week 6: Theology of the Body- Who Am I? 10/17/21

Watch: Theology of the Body intro; TOB #1

Listen: This is Your Life 

Read: Ch 1 TOB

Homework: https://forms.gle/mwxhYbjQjnAKPMhQ8

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Week 7: Theology of the Body- Our Story 10/24/21

Read: Genesis1:24-31; Genesis 2: 4-25; Genesis 3: 24;

Watch: TOB #2

Read: Ch 2 TOB

Homework: https://forms.gle/peLEp8towefCUbzx8

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Week 8: Marian Apparition, Saints 11/7/21

Read on Marian Apparitions

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUGRdpRJWYA&t=206s

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D1P9ASDZCc

Homework: https://forms.gle/35Up1qkFrF2hwVDUA

Week 9: Theology of the Body- Me Myself & I 11/14/21

Read: Ch 3 TOB

Watch: Body Language; TOB 3; Created to Be

Homework: https://forms.gle/bNmK1FVQcnvxYCuJ9

Week 10: Theology of the Body- How Should I Act? 11/21/21

Read: Ch 4 TOB

Homework: https://forms.gle/iAMfa5k4eQXSkaLF8

Week 11: Theology of the Body- Chastity 12/5/21

Read: TOB ch5 Chastity

Homework: https://forms.gle/x2BZBfUDP5Ys1nx67

Week 12: To Use or Not to Use? 12/12/21

Read: Ch 6 TOB

Homework: https://forms.gle/w9LGtZwS8CjetYmu5

Week 14: Theology of the Body – Vocation 1/9/22

Read: TOB ch 7 Vocation

Homework: Complete activity A on page 88

Week 15: The CREED 1/30/22

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YNeTwWU1RE

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVnOoF808rQ

Read: The Creed

Homework: https://forms.gle/FCTLoVNuqskAm4Ps8

Week 16: The Mass 2/6/22

Read: THE MASS 2022

Watch: Video 1, Video 2 , Video 3

Do: https://forms.gle/WAwkREYQSKeVnyjQ7

Week 17: God the Father and Son 2/13/22

Read: Who is Jesus 2022

Print and answer questions

Week 18: Sacraments 3/6/22

Watch 7 Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation, Marriage

Read: SACRAMENTS Matter Form

Answer https://forms.gle/az3AUd6pfgxKqU269

Week 19: Confirmation 3/13/22

Watch: Initiation, Confirmation

Read: CONFIRMATION 2022

Print and answer the questions

Week 20: Forgiveness & Holy Spirit 3/27/22

NO HW

 

Week 21: Suffering 4/10/22

Read: Lent and Suffering

Watch: Giver; Cross

Complete HW  https://forms.gle/qbitfFM4e7PDGLzRA

Camp Edge

A cross between Vacation Bible School and Catholic Heart Work Camp, this summer camp is for Middle Schoolers only!  CAMP EDGE is a week-long adventure that will involve energetic (and sometimes messy) games, delicious treats, & crazy overnight adventures; all the while learning about some very important aspects of our Catholic Faith.  The only complaint received has been that the camp is Too Short!


CAMP EDGE 2019: SPX’s Best Kept Secret

Camp Edge 2019 took us on a wild adventure exploring our Catholic heritage in Michigan!  We learned how Catholicism came to West Michigan and the great missionaries who brought it here. Our week included visiting various churches in the area and an epic pilgrimage north where we visited the site of Pere Marquette’s grave and also Bishop Baraga’s early church.


CAMP EDGE 2018: Compaction

This year our campers learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy as we traveled around Grand Rapids and Detroit performing COMPASSION IN ACTION = COMPACTION.

CAMP EDGE 2017: God Is on The Move

This year we traveled all around our great state learning about how Catholicism came to Michigan via Pere Marquette and Bishop Baraga.

CAMP EDGE 2016: Keep Calm & Have Mercy

This year we embraced the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis and focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy. This was an extremely fun & interactive week that engaged our heads, hearts and hands!  While participating in a variety of service projects we played games, visited various places and grew in our relationship with the Lord in a fun, energetic way.

CAMP EDGE 2015: Walk the Walk

This year we learned about how to live out our Catholic Faith by studying the lives of the best examples we have: the saints!  Check out the awesome pictures from our camp!

MS Confirmation

MS Confirmation Prep

The Confirmation preparation process is a journey of learning to seek and respond to the Holy Spirit. It is developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and assuming a role in the greater Church community. Our primary teacher is the Holy Spirit. Faithful adult leaders and high school peer ministers will provide direction, reflection and concrete activities, which aim to help us better understand the Holy Spirit.

The middle school EDGE program is used in conjunction with our Sacrament of Confirmation preparation.  This is a two-year program that begins in 7th grade and is completed with the entrance into high school. Through a variety of teaching methods, middle school teens engage in large group learning, small group discussions, community and team, skits, music, activities, games, various prayer forms and much more.  In addition to the regular EDGE nights, the teens participate in service opportunities and retreats.  All programing and events are designed to foster the youths’ growth in their personal relationships with Christ and his Church.

MS Confirmation Dates

Preparation 2021-2022

Fall Semester

  • MS Edge: Scheduled Sundays (see calendar – 80% attendance required)

  • Personal Interview with Elizabeth (sign up for a time – 7th Grade = Fall, 8th Grade = Winter)

  • Parish-Wide Service Day: Oct. 9, 2021 (optional but counts for fall service)

  • MS Service Day: Nov. 13, 2021
  • Choose A Sponsor (8th Grade) (Sponsor sheet due by Nov. 21)

  • Sponsor Retreat (8th Grade): Dec. 9, 2021 6:00-8:00pm (Sponsors Required)

 Spring Semester

  • MS Edge: Scheduled Sundays (see calendar – 80% attendance required)

  • MS “Fall” Retreat: Jan. 14-15 (Guys and Girls Separate)
  • Service Day: Feb. 12
  • Participate in Stations of the Cross during Lent: Mar 4
  • Choose a Saint’s name and write a short biography him/her (8th Grade): Mar 6
  • SPX Confirmation Retreat (8th Grade): Mar. 19&20

  • Rite of Entrance: Sunday, Mar. 20 at 10:30AM Mass (Sponsor required)

  • Know the Apostles Creed: March 21 (all)
  • Letter of Intention: Sunday, Mar. 27 (8th grade)

 Immediate Preparation

  • Immediate Preparation @ MS Edge: Sunday in Sept-Apr.

  • Discern sponsor

  • Weekly Mass participation

Sacrament of Confirmation: Cathedral of St. Andrew, May 4, 2022 at 7:00pm (8th grade)

(For announcements on final dates/times pay attention to emails/notices/bulletin)

*The retreats are required events. Contact Elizabeth if you have a conflict.

MS Confirmation Paperwork