Faith Formation for Children Age 3 to Grade 5

We are planning for our fall Children’s and Youth Ministry programs.  While we all wait to see what next fall will look like for us, we do have ideas in place for both in-person and on line classes.  Early Bird tuition rates are available before the end of June.   If you volunteer to be a Catechist or Room Assistant, tuition fees are waived for your children.  If you need scholarship assistance, please call Christine at 612.317.3439.


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):


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. This year’s themes will include: I Am Welcomed, God Knows and Loves Me, God Gives Us All That Is Good, Jesus is God’s Own Son, I Belong to My Church Family, I tell God I Love Him, and I Celebrate Holy Days and Holidays.

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

Our new 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.
Wednesday evening Children’s Faith Formation will run from 7:00-8:15 pm in the school. This program will include four family sessions which a parent or grandparent must attend with their child.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

Children who are at least seven years old and are in Grade Two or above are welcome to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Fall and the Sacrament of First Communion in the Spring. Parents attend a meeting to learn about the preparation and receive materials for at home preparation. The Basilica will offer two dates for a parent/child retreat which is a required part of the sacramental preparation for each sacrament. Students who do not attend Catholic School are required to attend weekly Faith Formation Classes while they prepare for the sacraments.


2020-2021 Registration

Registration Form

Our program runs from September to May. Registration is from April through August.  

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.


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