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Middle School Faith Formation

Rooted is the Middle School Faith Formation program at St. John Neumann parish. Rooted takes a different approach to Faith Formation and consists of a series of sessions which follow a retreat model focused on providing an engaging and meaningful experience. The Rooted year consists of seven two-and-a-half-hour sessions and two longer “retreat” days. Through these sessions, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participate in learning, fellowship, service, prayer, and fun, with a focus on becoming more ROOTED in their Catholic faith.

Please contact Angela Davis ( if you have any questions.


Looking for information regarding Rooted-In-Service (our fundraising efforts to support our service projects)? – CLICK HERE!

Looking for information regarding Branching Out (SJN’s Middle School Youth Ministry)? – CLICK HERE!

Looking for information regarding Teen Confirmation at SJN? – CLICK HERE!




Here are the dates for the 2020/2021 Rooted year based on session. You can also find this in a calendar format by clicking on THIS LINK.

General Information for the 2020/2021 Rooted year:

Rooted is Going Virtual

Due to our current public health concerns, Rooted will be conducted virtually through LIVE Zoom meetings during the first half of the 2020/2021 Rooted year. We will reevaluate in December.
The Rooted session dates and times and general format will remain the same for the regular session. Please stay tuned for updates as we approach the retreat dates.
You will be sent a Zoom link, specific to your child’s session and grade, in the next few days.

Parent Meeting

All parents are expected to join their youth for their first Rooted session. About halfway through the session, parents will be released. It is best for parents to sit with their youth so that only one login per youth is being used. If you have two youth in Rooted, choose one to accompany for the Zoom call.

Material Pickup

ONLY youth who are new to Rooted (or those who have lost their materials from last year) will need to pick up materials. Each youth needs to have a “Catholic Connections Handbook” (blue textbook) and a “Catholic Youth Bible” (from SJN). We can replace any lost materials without charge this week ONLY. After this week, there will be a fee to replace lost materials. You may come to pick up your child’s materials in the Faith Formation Office (the glass doors near the top of the stairs) on Sunday (9/27) between 9:30am and 2:00pm.

Volunteers Needed

Rooted would still greatly benefit from the help of a few more volunteers for each of the sessions. Most of the volunteer roles still needed require little preparation or interaction during sessions. Contact Angela Davis ( to sign up or with any questions you may have.

Important Details/Expectations Regarding Virtual Rooted

These expectations will help your youth make the most out of this Rooted year!
  • Each youth will need to have a device to access Zoom through. If you have two children in Rooted, they will each need their own device.
  • We highly recommend a desktop or laptop computer that is NOT a Chromebook if possible.
  • We ask that each youth has a quiet and private space during their Rooted session if possible. Wearing headphones would be a fine option.
  • Each youth should access the Zoom call a minute or two before the start of their session.
  • Each youth should be prepared before the session begins with their Rooted materials, blank paper, and markers/colored pencils.
  • If your child will have a smartphone or tablet available to them during Rooted, please have them download the free Poll Everywhere app from their app store to use during sessions. (It will ask you for a code, but you do not need the code yet.)

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Thanksgiving Drive – The food drive bins for our annual Thanksgiving Drive will be in the Narthex between October 4th and November 15. We are asking all Faith Formation youth to donate $3 along with a specific food item:
  • 6th Grade Youth: Three cans of fruit
  • 7th Grade Youth: On e 24oz bottle of oil (olive or canola)
  • 8th Grade Youth: Two 2lb bags of flour or sugar
If you would prefer to donate financially only, please give online!

Skit Team – Calling all Rooted youth! Please let us know if your youth is interested in joining our skit team. Sign Up Here!

Important Information and Links


Check out the calendar for the 2019/2020 Rooted program!


Click here to see our most recent Rooted YOUTH newsletter and let us know if your youth is not receiving these emails!


Click here to see our most recent Rooted parent newsletter and let us know if you are not receiving these emails!