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Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to Grade 5

Preschool Faith Formation (Children who are age 3 by September 1, will not be in Kindergarten, and are able to take care of their own toileting needs): Stories of God's Love

Preschool classes run from 9:15-10:45 am on Sundays. Our program incorporates free play, music instruction, and RCL/Benziger’s curriculum, Stories of God’s Love. We will follow a two year rotation with their Ages 3-4 and 4-5 series. 

Children’s Faith Formation (Grades K-5) : Finding God

Our curriculum, Finding God, seeks to form discipleship in children through Ignatian spirituality, weekly studies of sacred art work, scripture, Catholic social teaching, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students will each receive their own workbook which will be kept in the classroom. Parents will have access to online resources that support the curriculum by offering prayers, videos, and other helpful tools.

Keeping with our past tradition, music will be an important part of our program. The students will receive weekly music lessons and will participate together in a special Christmas Musical. The musical is considered part of our program and all children in Faith Formation are expected to participate.

Sunday morning Children’s Faith Formation will run from 9:15-10:45am in the school. 

Parents are asked to sign up and observe one session during the year.

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. 

 

Note:  Children in Second Grade or older may sign up for First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation.  These classes are an additional fee.  Students must also be enrolled in Faith Formation or a Catholic School and be registered members of the parish.

Intergenerational Faith Formation (for families with children in Kindergarten-9th Grade):

This program will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm and will start off virtually (on zoom) until young children have had an opportunity to be vaccinated.  Parents are required to participate with their children in this opportunity for family learning and prayer.  All students will receive materials/assignments to work at home with during weeks that we are not gathering in large group.  

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 weekly 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 the Learning Office at 612-317-3414.
 
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

Registration

Class sizes will be limited to 16 students and two adult volunteers or 24 students and three adult volunteers.  Click here to reach our registration page.