Faith Formation Registration Is Open!

Faith Formation Video Message!


Welcome! We are excited to gather again for a more familiar (God willing!) ministry year. My name is Andrew Allen, Director of Faith Formation & Pastoral Ministry, and I look forward to meeting you this fall. Please click the button below for our comprehensive registration form and continue to scroll down the page for program details. 


Registration Form 2021-2022


Prek-K & Elementary Faith Formation Calendar 2021-2022



Middle/High School Ministry Calendar 2021-2022



COVID-19 INFORMATION

The health and safety of our children, youth, and families continues to be a priority of St. Gabriel Faith Formation Ministries. Here is our updated Preparedness Plan for the 2021-2022 year. 


Nursery/Preschool Ministry

Our Nursery is offered for infants through age four. It is located in Room 104 of the school building (near the gym). The Nursery is open for all Masses on Sundays from October through May. Children will be warmly welcomed and lovingly cared for. The Nursery is supervised by our experienced coordinator, Brittany Anderson, along with many dedicated and caring adult volunteers. Come check out this ministry for your children (or contact Brittany or Andrew to be part of the volunteer team).


During the 10:30 a.m. Mass is our Sunday Preschool Faith Formation program for ages four and five. This Christ-centered catechesis aims to educate children in the Catholic faith and incorporate them into the life of the Christian community. Children encounter Jesus in the Sunday Gospel through storytelling, prayer, learning activities, and song. Our catechists use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies curriculum. 


Schedule & Location:

  • October through April
  • Sundays during the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • Preschool Room at St. John's campus

Elementary Faith Formation

Our Wednesday evening program for children in grades 1-5 follows a one-year cycle curriculum, with a focus on an authentic encounter with Christ through the narration of salvation history. 

  • St. Gabriel's dedicated catechists use the Faith and Life curriculum from Ignatius Press to pass on the faith through knowledge of what we believe as Catholic disciples, how we live out our sacramental life in the Church, moral formation, and prayer. Faith and Life is in full conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 
  • Every unit integrates a variety of learning styles by using traditional classroom instruction/discussion, faith activities, role-play, memorization, religious art, and service projects. Sessions end with a large group prayer in the gym or church. 
  • In addition, St. Gabriel's faith formation hosts special fellowship/worship/education events and parish-wide gatherings (monthly family nights, Advent and Lenten prayer opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, and special Masses). 


Schedule & Location:

  • September through May
  • Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • St. John's campus

Middle School

Youth in grades 6 through 8 meet on Wednesday nights to explore various topics of our faith through both large and small group activities. Each session is engaging and interactive, with opportunities for fun, Catholic teaching, Scripture, discussion, and prayer. Our catechists use the EDGE curriculum from LIFETEEN


Schedule & Location:

  • September through May
  • Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • St. John's campus


High School

All high school youth in grades 9-12 are encouraged to participate in our High School Ministry program, which meets on Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the St. John's campus. Dive deep into your faith and come up refreshed and recharged for the rest of your week! Youth will have an opportunity to learn, discuss, and witness about their own faith in both a large and small group setting.

 





Sacramental Preparation

The most profound encounters we have with Jesus Christ are through the celebration of the sacraments. We work with parents to help prepare their children for these graced moments in which they take a step forward in their discipleship.

 

First Reconciliation and First Communion

In their second-grade year children at St. Gabriel receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in December, and make their First Communion in May. The preparation events and at-home curriculum are designed to give you and your child a deeper understanding of Reconciliation and Eucharist, and their value in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. All children must also be enrolled in a Catholic school or the Elementary Faith Formation program at St. Gabriel during their sacrament year.


Preparation Description


Confirmation  

Youth of St. Gabriel are generally confirmed in the spring semester of 10th grade. Older youth who have not yet been confirmed are also welcomed to join the program. Candidates must also be enrolled in a Catholic school, or the parish High School Ministry program held on Wednesday evenings.  


Preparation Description



**Celebration of Confirmation: Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis



Please contact Andrew Allen with any questions.

Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, otherwise known as RCIA, is the process through which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church or complete their Catholic initiation. It is an opportunity to join others in deepening one’s relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through study and spiritual formation in the Catholic faith. Ultimately those who decide to become Catholic prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). The RCIA welcomes inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith and intent!


An Invitation to Inquire:

Have you been curious about the Catholic Church? Thinking about becoming Catholic? Or are you looking to rediscover your Catholic faith? At St. Gabriel the Archangel we welcome and value every inquirer regardless of religious/family background, and strive to create a space to freely contemplate God’s call. The RCIA team offers support and pastoral attentiveness to each inquirer’s situation. 


Who is RCIA for?

  • Non-baptized adults who want to be baptized in the Catholic faith.
  • Adults who have been baptized into a different Christian tradition and now want to explore becoming Catholic
  • Baptized Catholic adults who have never received the sacraments of Confirmation and/or the Eucharist
  • Anyone interested in exploring the Catholic faith


For more information about RCIA at St. Gabriel the Archangel, contact Andrew Allen at 952-540-4762 or aallen@stgabrielhopkins.org

SAFE ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION

St. Gabriel the Archangel is committed to ensuring the safety of all participants in our ministry programs.  All employees and volunteers who interact with minors are required to complete and maintain safe environment credentials through the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  

To ensure successful completion of the requirements, follow the information below before creating your VIRTUS account.  If you have an existing VIRTUS account, contact Lori Thul for assistance so your account can be updated prior to login.

TOTAL TIME COMMITMENT:  Approximately 95 minutes.

1.  Set aside sufficient time to complete all items without logging out.

Incomplete accounts may result in lost data, requiring you to repeat your setup.

2.  Read and follow the directions on the website in the order presented.  

Skipping items, fast-forwarding, or backing up may corrupt your account and require you to repeat your assignments.

You will:

a.  Complete each registration field as presented on the screen.

b.  Complete the Code of Conduct.

c.  Complete the Background Check application (SSN is required)

d.  Complete Safe Environment Training (1 module, approximately 75 minutes)


VIRTUS website:  www.virtusonline.org

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