Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to Grade 5

Plan during COVID19 Pandemic:

We are moving ahead with a plan for fall programs.  Like every pandemic plan, it is subject to change if our situation improves or declines.  We had to consider many things, including: the square footage of space we have available, the age of the student and their ability to social distance, the materials we have access to, our catechists willingness to participate, the length of time it takes to properly clean and sanitize a space, and the thoughts of our participating families, not to mention the % of positive cases in the county.  Please know that the plan described here will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and we will make changes to keep our students and volunteers safe and offer the best possible programs we are able to.  

This fall the plan is as follows:
Preschoolers (at home and distance learning)
-A fall Parent Meeting live and recorded to learn about program materials
-Stories of God’s Love folders sent home for families 
-Activity Masters for these lessons and extra activity materials (crafts) copied and sent home
-Optional Classroom Video   to guide extra activity, lead prayer 

Elementary Grades (at home and distance learning)


Google Meet Class Times:

Grade Two: 9:15-9:40am

Grade Three: 9:30-9:55am

Grade Four: 9:45-10:10am

Grade Five: 10:00-10:25am

Grade One: 10:15-10:40am

Kindergarten: 10:30-10:55am


- A fall Parent Meeting live and recorded to learn about program materials
- Finding God Workbooks sent home (supported by engaging multi media and  technology accessed through QR Codes)
-Craft Project materials and black line masters copied and sent home
-Weekly Zoom or Google Classroom Lesson (short meeting led by catechist which may include art easel lesson,  music, and prayer)

All sacramental lessons for First Reconciliation/First Communion continue to be led by parents and will be supplemented with virtual opportunities for learning or an in-person retreat.  Registration for sacrament preparation is IN ADDITION TO  faith formation.  (I.e. register your second grader for 2nd Grade Faith Formation and First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation)

Materials will be distributed in the fall at a drive-by pick-up and will include craft materials and worksheets through the month of December.  Families will need to have basic supplies like scissors, glue, pencils, and markers or crayons on hand.

Once materials are distributed, a parent meeting will take place to learn about our new texts and how our programs will work.
We will not be able to make programs work without your help.  We still need some catechists.  We will need "hall monitors" to be present in virtual classrooms and on campus with our youth.  Hall monitors on campus would need to be willing to help check-in our youth by taking temperatures, asking health questions, directing students to use hand sanitizers, and monitoring hallways during class.  All virtual classes need to have two adults present with background checks, a code of conduct, and safety training.  The good news is that our Archdiocese has now moved to on-line Virtus classes.  These classes can be done at home at your convenience.  
Please feel free to contact us if you are willing to help in any way, or if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 612.317.3439 or Jolane can be reached at 612.317.3414 or

Let us pray together for healing in the lives of those who are ill, in thanksgiving for essential workers, and in gratitude for the opportunities we have to continue learning.
Christine Moore
Coordinator of Learning and Sacraments for Children and Youth


If you join The Basilica after our program year starts, we still warmly welcome you to enroll your children for the balance of the program year, provided there is enough space in class and our ratio of  certified catechists/children is met. 

An Invitation to something very special:

Search Institute identifies one of the 40 Developmental Assets for children and youth ages 3-18 as participation in programs within a religious institution. However, what they have learned through decades of research is that the single most important asset to any child or teen is a positive relationship. Please consider being in a classroom relationship with our children and youth as a catechist, a room assistant, or a hall monitor. Your presence is powerful and it really does matter! You don’t need to be an expert in theology. You only need to be a positive adult willing to walk the journey of Faith Formation with our children and youth. We need you. Training is always available to those who seek it. Our team of parents and catechists have chosen curriculums that offer great leader guides, easy to understand lesson plans, and meaningful activities for children and teens. Our volunteers get reduced/free tuition for their children’s Faith Formation. If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer in our programs, please contact Christine Moore at or 612-317-3439.


Please register for classes here

Commitment to Inclusive Learning

The Basilica of Saint Mary strives to meet the needs of each student in our Faith Formation program. Please let us know if your child has special needs or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). 

Commitment to Inclusive Learning Statement