Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to Grade 5/6
The Children's Ministry program uses Catholic teachings and practices, creative methods, and Christ-centered content.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Preschool through Grade 6)
- Pflaum Gospel Weeklies (Kindergarten through Grade 5)
- Nursery Services
- Baptism for children 7 and older
- Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Our program runs from September to May. Registration is from April through September. Registration in begins Sunday, April 7 for families already enrolled, and Sunday, April 14 for new families. Registration is now online.
The 2019-2020 program calendar will be available in June. Detailed information about this year's program can be found here.
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.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
This approach is based on the conviction that God and the child are in a spiritual relationship. The child has a deep need to experience and a special capacity to enjoy the presence of God. When helped to do so, this experience becomes formative of the child’s whole person and generates great joy.
This program uses the Montessori or experiential learning model. Good Shepherd programs are held on Sunday mornings during the 9:30am Mass.
Adults play a key role in the implementation of the catechesis by helping the child fully live the encounter with God.
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies
Your child will receive a faith formation handbook – What the Church Believes and Teaches — plus 32 weekly, Gospel-based lessons.
Grades K–5 sessions are held on Sunday mornings.
Grades 1–5 sessions are held on Wednesday evenings.
- The handbook helps your child understand the basics of the Catholic faith.
- Weekly lessons inspire your child to seek out ways to practice faith in daily life.
- Icons in the weekly guides help the teacher link weekly lessons to doctrines in the handbook.
- The Gospel connection helps prepare your child to talk about Sunday Mass with your family.
We need your help to make these classes successful.
Parent involvement is key to our program’s success.
- Adult/parent volunteer catechists under the direction and supervision of the Learning staff work in teams with specific student groups. Without these dedicated volunteer catechists we would not have such a robust children’s program.
- Adult/parent volunteers provide assistance in the classroom, at special events, and for projects.
- Contact Paula Kaempffer to learn more about volunteering as a catechist or classroom assistant.
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).