Children's Faith Formation

Welcome! Our goal is to help our children become true disciples of Christ by:
  • building relationships with them,
  • being examples and
  • providing opportunities to grow in faith.

Programs

Early Childhood Sunday Program - ages 3 to 1st Grade
Deborah McMahon | 651-789-3174

Sunday Mornings at 8:30 a.m.

The objective of our Early Childhood Faith Formation Program is to provide a foundation of religious readiness upon which future faith formation can be built.  Our program helps children develop a positive sense of their own self worth. Children’s abilities to know God is strongly influenced by their ideas of themselves. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 1st Grade. This program is offered on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am. Please register your child according to the year she/he will begin Kindergarten:

  • 1st Grade: Children entering 1st grade this fall, 2019
  • 5 Year Old/Kindergarten - Children 5 or 6 years old beginning Kindergarten in the fall of 2019
  • 4 year Old – Children 4 or 5 years old beginning Kindergarten in the fall of 2020
  • 3 year Old – Children 3 or 4 years old beginning Kindergarten in the fall of 2021

Depending on enrollment numbers, children may be grouped in combined age levels and materials will be appropriately adjusted.

First - 6th Grade Faith Formation
Sara Fleetham | 651-789-3179

Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:00 a.m. for 2-6th graders.  
OR
Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 p.m.

This program is offered on Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:00 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:30 p.m. (**1st grade Sunday class meets at 8:30 a.m.**) Faith Formation for these young people includes lessons are in a classroom setting with large and small group prayer opportunities. There is a Flex Class available on Wednesday nights for students in grades 3-6 that would do better in a more accessible and less structured classroom environment.

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

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

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 at 12:30 p.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

Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:00 a.m. for 2-6th graders.  
OR
Wednesday nights from 6:15 -7:30 p.m.

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation is interwoven with the usual Faith Formation schedule. It will include peer learning sessions in classrooms, large group sessions with parents and children together, some large group sessions with parents only (to support parents as the primary educators) as well as some home learning activities.  Parents will need to be aware of the details of the usual Faith Formation Schedule to know which classes and sessions are designed specifically for the preparation for First Reconciliation. We will celebrate the Sacrament in December 2019.                                  

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

Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:00 a.m. for 2-6th graders.  
OR
Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist is interwoven with the usual Faith Formation schedule. It will include peer learning sessions in classrooms, large group sessions with parents and children together, some large group sessions with parents only (to support parents as the primary educators) as well as some home learning activities.  Parents will need to be aware of the details of the usual Faith Formation schedule to know which classes and sessions are designed specifically for the preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.  We will celebrate the Sacrament in April/May 2020.

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 submit a background check, attend a one-time VIRTUS training and sign a Code of Conduct.

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