"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do." - Mother Teresa
Dear Parents, [Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Godparents, etc.]
I am excited to be able to give each young student a copy of a Picture the Bible coloring book. Jesus said "Come and Follow Me!"
My goal is to provide a brief explanation on a children's level of each picture and scripture passage in the coloring book about every week or so.
An example page from the coloring book is available by clicking HERE.
And my brief message for that page is available by clicking HERE.
I looking forward to creating these messages and sharing them with your children. If you would like a coloring book sent to your child, grandchild, godchild, etc. and to be sent links to the video clips as they become available, please email Diane at ChildrensFF@stbparish.com.
God bless all you do for your children!
Rev. Gerald P. Harris
Thank you for your interest in our Faith Formation programs!
Grades K-6 will participate in a family faith formation program, based on the "A Family of Faith" curriculum from the Sophia Institute. This program seeks to support and nurture strong Catholic families by encouraging and equipping parents share their own faith with their children.
Classes will be held twice each month, starting in October and running through April. An extensive Parent Guide book will help parents lead students through engaging at-home activities during the weeks that they do not have classes. Families can choose to participate in class sessions that meet:
- Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd week of each month)
- Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (1st & 3rd week of each month)
- Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (2nd & 4th week of each month)
These group sessions will begin virtually, via Zoom, and transition to in-person meetings when that is deemed safe.
This program also seeks to build Christian community by connecting families with other families within the program. Families will be assigned to a cohort, which is a small group of 3-4 other families which they will do activities with throughout the year. This ongoing association allows families to build trust and relationships.
Click HERE to watch a short video by Father Jerry and Diane, which introduces this new program.
If you have questions about this program, please call Diane Wengelski at 425-1879 ext 105 or send an email to ChildrensFF@stbparish.com.
First Reconciliation / First Communion preparation is open to anyone in the 2nd grade or beyond. We will prepare for First Reconciliation in the fall and First Communion in the spring.
Is your child ready for First Reconciliation or First Communion? Go to the Sacraments pages to learn more!
There are two sessions for students in grades 7-8 to choose from:
Afternoon "All Virtual" Sessions
Evening "Hybrid" Sessions
We are forming Small Discipleship Groups for our 9th graders this year!
Discipleship Groups will launch on Sept. 30, or later depending on when each group is ready.
Please register, and Tessa will contact you with the details.
Grade 10 Confirmation:
This is the first year of Confirmation preparation!
All 10th graders will be assigned to a small group. Small groups will meet one Wednesday in-person, and the next virtually.
10th Grade Confirmation begins on Wednesday, September 16, with a parent and student meeting in church, 6:45-7:45pm.
Grade 11 Confirmation:
This is the second year of Confirmation preparation!
All 11th graders will continue the journey with their small groups from last Faith Formation year. Small groups will meet one Wednesday in-person, and the next virtually.
11th Grade Confirmation begins on Wednesday, September 9, with a parent and student meeting in church, 6:45-7:45pm.
Grade 12: As a confirmed and full member of the church, we invite you to share and continue to develop your gifts and talents! There are so many ways to do that, we can't list them all. Below are just a few...contact Amy or Tessa to find out more!
To participate in a mission trip, be a leader for youth group or Summer Stretch, or be part of a planning team contact Amy Burns.
To run Projection/Powerpoint at Mass, be a Eucharistic Minister, Reader for Mass, Usher, Cantor, or to join a Choir/Band, contact our Coordinator of Liturgy and Music, Barrett Grove.
To join a Bible Study, a Discipleship Group, to help with Faith Formation on Wednesdays, or to serve on the next Confirmation Retreat Team, contact Tessa Schuermann.
Every year God calls together an amazing team of catechists to lead our children and youth in Faith Formation classes!
If you are feeling called to serve as a small group leader for grade 10-11 Confirmation, a leader or classroom aide for grades 7-8, or a Discipleship Group Leader for grade 9, please contact Tessa.
Here is what some of our catechists are saying:
"I became a catechist because I felt a tugging at my heart even when I thought I didn’t want to be one and thought I wasn’t qualified. It is a true joy to be a part of the youth’s faith journey, especially when you witness one of their ‘aha’ moments. My faith has grown a lot as well." ~Alisa Raehsler
"It is an extraordinary honor to have been able to mentor a group of St. B's 10th graders through a year of their Confirmation formation. I didn't think I'd be able to do this for two years in a row, but my beautiful students really wanted me to journey with them for their second year of study/prayer. How could I resist? They're an inspiration with all of their many graces of youth while each pondering life itself and why God put us here. Guess who got the most out of this relationship? You got it! Me." ~Marius Andahazy
"For two years, I had the opportunity to serve in a Catechist role as a small group leader for Confirmation. I love seeing the 10th and 11th graders grow in their faith throughout their two-year journey. I have learned so much from them and their perspectives as they make their faith journey toward getting confirmed. I leave each Wednesday night feeling renewed in my own convictions. These young adults inspire me as I journey on the path that God has laid out for me." ~Gretchen Stoffel
The fee for FF is $80 for the first child, and $100 for two or more children.
This is a “flat fee” and covers whatever options you feel will help you share your faith with your children. (There is not an additional fee for sacrament preparation, or for doing both the At-Home program and the classes, etc.)
However, we understand that times are difficult for many people. If this fee creates a hardship for your family, please call Diane Wengelski at 425-1879 ext 105 or send an email. All information is kept confidential.
You are always welcome to register for our faith formation classes. Please contact Tessa Schuermann at 425-1879 ext 106 or send an email to register.
Safe Environment Education
For information on our Safe Environment Education, please go to the Safe Environment page.