Register for Faith Formation

  • Watch for registration materials to be ready in August.  For more information, contact Cindy Novak, Director of Youth Formation (952-540-4762).



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 www.nda-mn.org, or e-mail school principal Ginger Vance at gvance@nda-mn.org.

Pre-School

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!




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.



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 Friday November 8, 6:00- 8:30pm.  Watch for more details!


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.





FAITH SERVICE CAMP, JULY 8-12

It's time to register for Faith Service Camp!!  This week-long camp is specially programmed for youth currently in 5th - 8th grade and includes morning service projects, afternoon recreational activities, prayer, reflection, and a lot of FUN!    We meet at the St. Joseph campus (1300 Main Street, Hopkins) at 8:30am each day, then head off to service.  Youth are ready for pick-up at 4:00pm every day, except Friday when we will be at Valley Fair until 8:30pm.  Friends are welcome to join us too!  Get a registration form here.  Register by June 1 for the Early Bird rate of $115; after June 1 the cost goes up to $145.  For more information, contact Cindy.

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.


 


PEER MINISTER FOR FAITH SERVICE CAMP

July 8-12, 8:15am-4:15pm

Youth currently in grades 9-12 are invited to be Peer Ministers for Faith Service Camp July 8-12, 2019.  Peer Ministers will mentor, befriend, lead, and serve our middle school youth in this exciting week of summer camp.  You will participate in the same camp activities as the middle school youth but in a leadership capacity.  Download the full job description and application materials here.  Contact Cindy with questions.

 

NCYC 2019 (National Catholic Youth Conference)

November 20-24, Indianapolis, IN

Youth who will be in grades 9-12 in the 2019-20 school year are invited to participate in this biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers.  The schedule is packed with keynote presentations, prayer, workshops, liturgy, and opportunities to participate in reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as recreational activities, concerts, and exhibits.  The total cost of the trip is $600; fundraising will be available and ALL participants are expected to help with these efforts!  Download the permission slip here and register NOW!  Contact Cindy for additional information.

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. 8 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 3 at 10:30am). Children must also be attending on-going faith formation (at the parish or a Catholic school). 


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. 

 

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION PROCESS

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
  • Participate in a retreat
  • Submit necessary forms, baptismal certificate
  • Final interview


CONFIRMATION PREP SESSIONS 2019-20

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

Oct. 13

Nov. 10

Jan. 12

Feb.   9

Mar.   8

Apr. 5

 

**Celebration of Confirmation: Saturday April 18, 10:00am at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis

 

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