Register for Faith Formation

Registration is now open for all Faith Formation programs:  Pre-School, Children's Ministry, Middle School, High School, and Sacramental Prep.  Click here to download registration forms.  Scroll down the page for more information about specific programs.  For more information, contact Cindy Novak, Director of Youth Formation (952-540-4762).

Calendar for Pre-School and Children's Ministry

Calendar for Middle School and High School Ministry

Notre Dame Academy

St. Gabriel's is a sponsor of Notre Dame Academy, a Pre-K - 8th grade regional Catholic school serving families in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.


Located at 13505 Excelsior Boulevard in Minnetonka, NDA fosters an education rooted in the Catholic tradition. As a community of educators, staff, parents and parishioners, they challenge their students through academic excellence, spiritual formation, social development and moral growth.


For more information, call 952-358-3500, visit, or e-mail school principal Ginger Vance at


Preschool is for children ages

3 - 5/6 (includes those in Kindergarten),

during the 10:30 am Mass, from October

though April.

"I teach so I may learn" says Kathleen. Contact her to ask questions, take a tour of the location or to register- any time of the year!

Click for registration forms.

Children's Ministry

The faith formation program for children in grades 1-4 is offered on Sunday mornings during the 10:30am Mass at the St. John campus (10:15-11:35am). If your children like Vacation Bible School, they’re going to LOVE Children’s Ministry! Each class has music, games, activities, and solid Catholic teaching and prayer.

Click  for registration forms.

Children's Church Party

These parties are planned for children ages infant through 4th grade and are held four times during the year.  We have our nursery available for the youngest party-goers so mom and dad can also have a night off!

Our next gathering will be for Children's Stations of the Cross and other Activities, Friday March 22, 6:30-8:00pm.  Watch for the permission slip to be coming soon!

Middle School

We meet on Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:15pm at the St. John campus, 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.

Click for registration forms.


This overnight, off-site get-away is for all 5th - 8th graders.  We will be staying at Koinonia Retreat Center near Annandale and reflecting on the incredible story of the salvation of humanity.  The weekend will include large group activities, small group discussions, prayer, music, games, indoor and outdoor activities, snacks, and always some surprises and a lot of FUN!  Cost for the weekend is $75.  Register by Jan. 30 by turning in your permission slip and fee.  Contact Cindy with questions.



We are never too young to strive for holiness.  This one-day conference for middle school youth challenges them to “rise up” to live their faith radically, confident that they are known and loved by God the Father.  Young people will be strengthened in their relationship with Christ through keynote speakers, praise & worship, Adoration, Reconciliation, and lots of fun activities!!  After the conference, we will spend some fun time at Nickelodean Universe, too.  Cost is $70 for the full day (includes two meals and Nickelodean Universe 3-hour ride wristband).  Space is limited.  Contact Cindy for more information (952-540-4762,  Download the permission slip here.

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, 6:00-7:15pm at the St. John 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.

Click for registration forms.


JULY 20-27, 2019

Youth currently in grades 8-12 are welcome to register for our summer mission trip to Williamsburg, KY. You will need to turn in the paperwork and a $100 deposit by February 21 to secure your spot.  (Total cost of the trip will be $300; fundraising will also be done to cover additional expenses.  Partial scholarships are available.)  For more information, contact Cindy Novak (; 952-540-4762).  An organizational meeting will be held on February 28, 7:00-8:30pm in the Community Room to schedule fundraising events.  Download the permission slip here.



MARCH 10, 1:00- 7:00PM

9th - 12th grade youth are invited to help at Mary's Place in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 10.  Mary's Place is a transitional housing facility and many of the residents are children.  We will be supervising the playroom and doing other activities and games with the children.  After we return, we will order pizza and then play gym games until 7:00pm.  Register to participate by March 4.  Download the permission slip here.


Sacramental Preparation

The most intimate 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 are celebrated when the children are in second grade. There are two (2) parent-child First Reconciliation prep sessions in November to prepare the children for the celebration in December (Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30pm). There are four (4) parent-child First Communion prep sessions in March/April to prepare the children for the celebration in May (Sunday, May 5 at 10:30am). Children must also be attending on-going faith formation (at the parish or a Catholic school). Click for a registration form.

Youth in grades 10 and older are invited to participate in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All youth must be involved in regular, on-going faith formation and also register for Confirmation prep through our Faith Formation program. Click for a registration form.



  • Participate fully in weekly Mass
  • Attend weekly faith formation
  • Attend six (6) Candidate/sponsor/parent prep sessions
  • Participate in service and complete a reflection on this experience (download reflection guidelines)
  • Participate in a retreat
  • Submit necessary forms, baptismal certificate (download the Confirmation Information Form)
  • Final interview



(6:00-7:30pm, St. John Campus Community Room)

Oct. 14

Nov. 11

Jan. 13

Feb. 10

Mar. 10

Apr. 14


**Celebration of Confirmation: Thurs. May 9, 2019, 7:00pm, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls.


Please contact Cindy Novak at 952-540-4762 with any questions.