Youth Faith Formation

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Contact: Kathy Dowler, 614-451-2855, kdowler@standrewparish.cc

This Montessori-concept program emphasizes faith formation within a prepared environment called the Atrium. The children work with models of altar materials, infancy narratives and parables to deepen their relationship with Jesus the Good Shepherd. Pre-school classes meet every Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Kindergarten classes meet on Sunday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Time in the Atrium is scheduled as a regular part of first and second grade PSR classes. The Catechesis serves as a supplement for traditional religious education in the school program for kindergarten through grade four.


Parish School of Religion
Contact: Suzie Emsweller, 614-451-2855, semswell@cdeducation.org

Volunteer teachers are trained as catechists and use approved materials to instruct the students in our faith. Grades one through five meet every Wednesday, mid-September through mid-May, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Grades six, seven and eight meet every Sunday, mid-September to mid-May, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Individual accommodations can be made for those students who cannot attend classes as they are scheduled. For more information, visit the Parish School of Religion page.


SACRED – Saint Andrew Children’s Recreation Education Days
Contact:  Jennifer Wenzke, sacred@standrewparish.cc

For more than 10 years, St. Andrew has provided a Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 through sixth grade. The program is scheduled for four days each summer, Monday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The curriculum varies from year to year and themes encompass age-appropriate Catholic teachings. All parishioners, grade seven and older are encouraged to volunteer.

Please return forms (via mail, drop off or Sunday collection basket) to St. Andrew Parish, attn: SACRED 2017, 1899 McCoy Road, Columbus, OH 43220


Saint Andrew Youth Groups
Contact:  Teresa Whiteside, 614-459-1402, ext. 2, tkurth@standrewparish.cc

The goal of the youth group is to provide an authentic community that gives middle and high school parishioners a safe place to explore, deepen and enrich their Catholic faith and identity. We accomplish this by providing a solid group of young adult volunteers, led by our Coordinator of Youth Ministry, who share their personal testimony and knowledge of God and the Catholic faith and who support and encourage young people by being present in their lives, both at youth group and throughout the week. We currently have two separate programs, one for the sixth through eighth grade students in the parish and one for our High School youth.

Middle school youth group is open to both the school and PSR students and seeks to support parents in their mission of passing on the Catholic faith. At youth group, we encourage a Christ-based community through games, small groups, and short talks on different aspects of our faith. We meet one Sunday a month, October through May, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the Bryce Eck Activity Center. Students are welcome to attend as many meetings as they are able.

Upcoming Middle School Youth Group Dates:

  • October 25
  • November 22
  • December 13
  • January 31
  • March 13
  • April 24
  • May 15

The High School youth group meets every Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bryce Eck Activity Center for talks, small group, prayer, and social time. We also meet every first Tuesday of the month “Family Dinner” where we share a meal at St. Andrew and attend Adoration together. Parents and siblings are invited, and encouraged, to join us! Every 2nd Saturday we have our Service Saturdays at the Women’s Care Center on W. Broad Street. This lasts from 9 a.m. to Noon and students are welcome to come for all or part of the time. Every Friday morning at 7 a.m., students meet at the Panera on Tremont Road for Bible Study before school.

High school students are welcome to attend as many meetings and/or events as they are able. Students are welcome to bring friends from other churches to attend. Events will be posted in the Sunday Bulletin, on the Parish Google Calendar and students can follow our youth group Instagram @firstcalled for updates