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Faith Formation

Learning about and nurturing our Catholic faith   

At The Basilica of Saint Mary we prefer Faith Formation because it encompasses a broader approach. We offer a vibrant selection of programs for children, youth and adults, encouraging our parishioners and friends to continually develop, nurture, and live out our faith.

We strongly believe forming faith and nurturing spiritual growth are lifelong processes. We strive to provide meaningful programs rich in quality and substance, and filled with God's grace. Our educational programs explore our rich Catholic traditions and encourage people of all ages to strengthen and deepen their faith.

  • Children age 3 through Grade 5 — preparing to celebrate the Catholic Sacraments.
  • Youth Grade 6 through 12 — growing in faith with one another and the Church.
  • Young Adults  - building friendships and relationships with others in Christ.
  • Adults  - deepening and responding to God’s gift of faith.

Children’s and Youth Ministry Registration


Intergenerational Faith Formation
(for families with children in Kindergarten-7th Grade):

This program will meet monthly on Thursday evenings from 6:45-8:15 pm virtually (on zoom). 

Parents are required to participate with their children in this opportunity for the family to grow in faith together.

Our themes and topics will follow the liturgical year; we will also learn about the Bible, Saint’s lives, how to pray, and more.

All families will receive materials to work on at home during the weeks we are not meeting in a large group. Children who do not participate in in-person Sunday school will receive a grade-level curriculum to learn with their parents at home.

Get Involved — we need you.

What gifts can you share with our parish? It takes many volunteers in a variety of roles to make The Basilica’s Faith Formation programs so successful.  We welcome volunteers for one time, or all the time. Opportunities include preparing materials, teaching and assisting in the classrooms, planning Young Adult activities, being an RCIA sponsor, and many other roles. If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact the Learning Office at 612.317.3414.