Children's Faith Formation

2020-2021 Faith Formation Program Descriptions

Guardian Angels strives to be a welcoming, accessible and accommodating parish community. If you have questions about programming or accessibility and accommodations for students with disabilities, please contact the staff person responsible for the program area of interest.

Programs

Early Childhood Sunday Program - ages 3 to 1st Grade
Sara Fleetham | 651-789-3179

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, GA will not have Early Childhood Classes through Christmas. There just is not a safe way to do that. The nursery will also remain closed through Christmas. If your family would like a set of Gospel Weeklies for your preschoolers, please contact Sara. They are weekly reader type lessons. Bilingual copies available.  

First - 6th Grade Faith Formation
Sara Fleetham | 651-789-3179
  • Sunday mornings            10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday nights          6:30-7:15 p.m.

Grades 1-6 will start the year via Zoom. There may be an opportunity for in-person learning for families that wish to participate beginning in November if virus numbers are in a safe range. Zoom classes will continue whether or not there are also in-person classes. Faith Formation for these young people includes lessons in a classroom type setting along with large group prayer opportunities.

JOLT (Jesus Offers Lots Today!) for 7 & 8 Graders
Paul Deziel | 651-789-3173

Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

This program is offered on Wednesday evenings for 7th and 8th graders.  JOLT stands for Jesus Offers Lots Today and is designed to build community and learn about our faith together.  Activities include mixer games, PowerPoint and video presentations, small groups, service activities and fun nights.

CONNECT for High Schoolers
Paul Deziel | 651-789-3173

Meets one Sunday a month via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. 

Youth grades 9-12 are invited to attend monthly gatherings to grow in faith and build community by exploring topics in life chosen by youth. CONNECT offers lunch, mixer games and activities, small groups, witness talks, and prayer.  CONNECT is free and does not require registration. Friends are welcome.

Sacraments

First Reconciliation - Grade 2
Sara Fleetham | 651-789-3179

Because of the pandemic we will not be preparing for Sacrament of First Reconciliation this fall. Usually, the prep is interwoven with the usual Faith Formation schedule.

First Eucharist - Grade 2
Sara Fleetham | 651-789-3179

A decision regarding First Eucharist Preparation for Winter/Spring 2021 will be made in December. Prep is interwoven with the usual Faith Formation schedule. It includes peer learning sessions in classrooms, large group sessions with parents and children together, some large group sessions with parents only.

Confirmation - Grades 9 and above
Paul Deziel | 651-789-3173

Sundays at 12:30 p.m.

Our goal is to prepare young people who are 9th grade or older to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our program is "continuous and flexible” as you may enter it at any time and complete the education sessions in any order.  However, it is recommended that students begin attending Confirmation sessions in the fall and use the spring sessions as back-up sessions.  Students preparing for Confirmation must complete four education sessions, one retreat of their choice, one safety session, two hours of service to the poor or vulnerable, and participate in the high school CONNECT program to build community and grow in faith. Confirmation is celebrated at the Cathedral in St. Paul in fall of the following school year.  View Confirmation booklet with schedule here.

Safety

All volunteers are required to complete a background check, the Code of Conduct and Safe Environment Training (1 module, approximately 75 minutes). Credentialing maintained every 3 years. More information may be found here.

Accommodations

For all parish programs:  To make disability-related accommodations, sign language interpretation or dietary requests, contact MaryPat Potts two weeks prior at 651-789-3178 or at .

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