Register for Faith Formation

Watch for registration materials for the 2018-19 program year to be available in August, 2018

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Taking Care of Business:  Praising God In All We Do!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held at the St. Joseph campus July 30-Aug. 3, 2018 from 9:00am- 3:00pm.  Children who will be in grades 1-6 in the 2018-19 school year are welcome to attend!  Click here for registration forms (English) (Spanish). 


Youth in grades 7-12 (2018-19 school year) are invited to serve in VBS as group leaders, music leaders, craft leaders, game leaders, nursery leaders, etc.  Click here for the youth application form.



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.

FAITH SERVICE CAMP

Faith Service Camp (FSC) is for 5th - 8th grade youth (2017-18 school year).  FSC will be held July 16-20, 8:30am-4:00pm (8:30am-8:30pm on Fri. July 20).  At FSC, middle school youth will participate in various service projects each morning (Feed My Starving Children, helping elderly home owners, environmental clean-up, etc.).  Each afternoon is spent in different recreational activities (messy games, Beach Day, movies, etc.).  On Friday, youth can participate in a Valley Fair trip to celebrate their week of service.  


Each day also includes time for prayer and reflection on our service in connection to our Catholic Faith.  Parents are asked to help out as chaperones each day.


To register, turn in the permission slip (English) (Spanish) and fee.  Our early bird deadline is June 1st-- cost for the week will be $115 if you register by then; after June 1st, the price goes up to $145.  Friends from outside the parish are welcome to join us too.

Contact Cindy Novak for more information.

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!


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! Typically the parties are held in Oct., Dec., Mar., and May.  Check back for more information and registration forms as those months approach.

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.



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.









 


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. 3 at 2:30pm). There are four (4) parent-child First Communion prep sessions in April to prepare the children for the celebration in May (Sunday, May 6 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.

 

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 (download reflection guidelines)
  • Participate in a retreat
  • Submit necessary forms, baptismal certificate (download the Confirmation Information Form)
  • Final interview

 

CONFIRMATION PREP SESSIONS 2017-18

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

Oct. 8

Nov. 5

Jan. 7

Feb. 11

Mar. 18

Apr. 15

 

**Celebration of Confirmation: Thurs. Apr. 19, 2018 7:00pm, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls.

 

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