Register for Faith Formation

  • Registration materials are ready!  Click here to download the forms. For more information, contact Cindy Novak, Director of Youth Formation (952-540-4762).
  • Click here for our Pre-School and Children's Ministry calendar.
  • Click here for our Middle School and High School Ministry calendar.

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!

Download 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.

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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 January 10, 2020, 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.

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WINTER BLAST LOCK-IN:  Dec. 13-14 (7:00pm-6:00am)

Middle School youth will have a great time at this event!  It starts with Mass at St. Vincent de Paul's church in Brooklyn Park then continues at the Maple Grove Community Center.  So many activities you need all night to get to them:  skating, swimming, inflatables, movies, crafts, Adoration, pizza, Escape Rooms, a dance, contests, prizes, and so much more!  Sign up by Nov. 11 by turning in your permission slip and fee ($40).

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.

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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. 



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


(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.


Download Registration Forms.