7th & 8th Grade Faith Formation

For 2023-24, our 7th/8th grade group will meet on Tuesday afternoons once a month at the Parish Center, Oak Bluffs. (schedule below)


PRAYERS FOR AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YOUTH LEADERS KATIE AND ANDREW NISBET AS THEIR FIRST CHILD JACK, TURNS ONE 8/16/23!!! Sessions are offered weekly to be completed at home, with a monthly gathering at the parish center. Sunday Mass attendance is mandatory (sign-in book at main entrances) along with 1/2 page responses to questions about the weekly Gospel and Father’s homily on our website  https://goodshepherdmv.com/student-sunday-mass-questions/. We are in Year Two of the Eucharistic Revival calling all Catholics across the US, to be healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.” (See USCCB Eucharistic Revival begun in June, 2022.) If families are off island, the student is expected to bring a bulletin signed by the priest at off-island Church with same 1/2 page responses. Students (ideally with his/her family) will be expected to come to the Sacrament of Confession at a minimum during Advent/Lent, Stations of the Cross at least once, spend time in Eucharistic Adoration and give some time in service to the parish and/or community. Video links and workbooks were provided at first in-person session, at first gathering on October 10th. 

Decision Point 7th/8th Grade Schedule 2023-24   In-Person: 3:30-5:00 pm Parish Center

Tuesday Date:                                                            Weekly Lessons


  1. October 10, 2023 Season 1: Episodes 1-Navigation, 2-Your Choices Matter, 3-Best Way to Live
  2. October 17, 2022 Season 1: Episodes 4-God’s Dream for You, 5-Be a Rebel, 6-Decision Point
  3. October 24, 2022 Season 2: Episodes 1-What are you doing, 2-Quest for Happiness, 3-Stinking Thinking
  4. October 31, 2022 Season 2: Episodes 4-Hungry for the Truth, 5-This is Personal, 6-Decision Point
  5. November 7, 2022 Season 3: Episodes 1-Looking for Judas, 2- Who is Jesus? 3-The Problem & the Solution
  6. November 14, 2022 Season 3: Episodes 4-Jesus was a Radical, 5-Second Chances,  6-Decision Point             
  7. November 21, 2022 Season 4: Episodes 1-Silence, 2-Why Pray? 3-The Big Question
  8. November 28, 2022 Season 4: Episodes 4-The Prayer Process, 5-The Best Way to Learn, 6-Decision Point
  9. December 5, 2022 Season 5: Episodes 1-Unexpected Gifts, 2-Map for the Journey, 3-Intro to the Bible
  10. December 12, 2023 Season 5: Episodes 4-How Should I Use Bible, 5-The Power of Habit, 6-Decision Point
  11. December 19, 2023 Season 6: Episodes 1-Bear Bait, 2-What is the Purpose? 3-Chose your Friends Wisely

      December 26, 2022                            Christmas Break – no lessons

  1. January 2, 2024 Season 6: Episodes 4-What is Love? 5-Your Quest for Love, 6-Decision Point
  2. January 9, 2024 Season 7: Episodes 1-The Epidemic, 2-The One Thing, 3-The True Presence
  3. January 16, 2024 Season 7: Episodes 4-The Power of the Eucharist, 5-Get Close, Stay Close, 6-Decision Point
  4. January 23, 2024 Season 8: Episodes 1-The Next Right Thing, 2-Who is Holy Spirit? 3-Unopened Gifts
  5. January 30, 2024 Season 8: Episodes 4-Fruits of the Holy Spirit, 5-Prompted  6-Decision Point
  6. February 6, 2024 Season 9: Episodes 1-Countercultural  2-First Christians & Early Church, 3-One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic
  7. February 13, 2024 Season 9: Episodes 4-The Good, Bad, Ugly, Lies; 5-10 Great Reasons to be Catholic
  8. February 20, 2024 Season 10: Episodes 1-If You get the Man Right … 2-What is Confirmation? 3-Power of Preparation (Includes annual  Safe Environment Lesson)

      February 27, 2024                              Winter Break — no lessons

  1. March 5, 2024 Season 10: Episodes 4-How will Confirmation …  5-On the Day, 6-Decision Point
  2. March 12, 2024 Season 11: Episodes 1-Everything is Connected, 2-World is a Mess, 3-A World without Neighbors
  3. March 19, 2024 Season 11: Episodes 4-Finding your Mission, 5-Your Untapped Greatness, 6-Decision Point
  4. March 26, 2024 Season 12: Episodes 1-Perseverance, 2-The Holy Moment, 3-Everything is an Opportunity.
      April 2, 2024              Easter Week – no lessons

24. April 9, 2024                     Season 12: Episodes 4-Your YES Can Change the World,  5-Review,  6-Dream!

All students are required to answer the 3 Questions relating to Sunday Mass via our website, and submit by the following Tuesday  https://goodshepherdmv.com/student-sunday-mass-questions/

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Confirmation is currently celebrated in ninth grade. The diocesan requirement is 2 years of preparation prior to receiving the Sacrament, which is typically in the spring of freshman year; otherwise Confirmation will be delayed until obligations are met.

2023-24 Registration fees: $100/child or $200/family maximum. 

Registration is available under Faith Formation Tab on our website: nothing to print, just fill out and submit!  Or stop by during regular office hours M-W & F 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Completed forms and payment are expected before sessions begin. Payment can be made under our online giving platform, by check (made out to: Good Shepherd Parish) or with cash. A new medical information/student release form has to be filled out each year, and please bring a copy of the child’s sacrament certificates: if he/she wasn’t baptized here on Martha’s Vineyard, and/or First Communion, if celebrated off island.

Contact the parish office 508-693-0342 for more information; or email Katie: katie@goodshepherdmv.com 

Katie and Andrew Nisbet, formation leaders

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Dynamic Catholic was founded on the idea of “meeting people where they are and leading them to where God is calling them to be.” Once Catholics are engaged in their spiritual journey, there is an abundance of materials that can feed them and draw them deeper into relationship with God and the Church. But there is a great shortage of materials that engage disengaged Catholics.

Most young Catholics are disengaged. Engaging them is therefore the first step. Until they are engaged it doesn’t matter how much information you download on them; they simply will not absorb it and make it their own. There are many programs that faithfully present the teachings of the Church. But that alone is not enough. While presenting the Church’s teachings faithfully is essential, it is also critically important that they be presented in ways that are engaging, accessible, and relevant.

DECISION POINT had taken more than four years to develop. The truth is, in many ways it is very different from what we originally envisioned. When we first set out we thought that the entire program would be online. But over and over again, you asked for physical workbooks, leader guides, and DVDs—so we adapted. Hundreds of people have spoken into this project, and it is better because of that. One testimony given by a priest in our Fall River diocese: “I’ve been searching, waiting, and frankly praying for years for religious formation materials that will adequately address these two issues: curricula that will engage the students directly, and then provide first-rate interactive resources for teachers in the classroom and parents at home to help the students to learn and live the lessons. As an inner-city pastor, I have also hoped that I wouldn’t have to institute a grand annual collection in order to pay for these materials. It seems the long Advent—and for some students and teachers, the long Lent!—is over with the release of DECISION POINT, the new Confirmation program developed by Matthew Kelly and his team at Dynamic Catholic.” – Fr. Roger J. Landry, as pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Fall River, Massachusetts, and former executive editor of ‘The Anchor’