Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held Aug. 7-11, 9:00am - 3:00pm at the St. Joseph campus.  VBS is for elementary age children.

Registration is now open for VBS!  Download the registration materials here.

Download the application for youth helpers for VBS here.

Faith Service Camp (FSC) will be held July 17-21 (8:30am-4:00pm Mon. - Thurs, 8:30am - 8:30pm Fri.).  FSC is for middle school youth currently in 5th - 8th grade.

Registration is now open for FSC!  Download registration materials here.

High School Peer Ministers are also needed for Faith Service Camp.  Download the Peer Minster application here.


JULY 14-16, 2017

Youth completing 8th grade through 12th grade in 2016-17 are invited to participate in this DYNAMIC weekend conference in Rochester, MN.  Join thousands of high school youth from around the country to hear inspiring Catholic youth speakers, engage in powerful praise and worship sessions, encounter Jesus in the sacraments, laugh with new friends, and experience the Church as you never have before.

Register by turning in this permission form by May 15.  Total cost of the conference is $250.00 and includes transportation, lodging, food, and conference fee.  

Contact Cindy for additional information.

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


Weekend Preschool is for children ages

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

during either the 8:30am or 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!

Grades 1-4

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. If your children like Vacation Bible School, they’re going to LOVE Children’s Ministry! Each class will have music, games, activities, and solid Catholic teaching and prayer.

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.

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.


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. There are four (4) parent-child First Communion prep sessions in April to prepare the children for the celebration in May. Children should also be attending on-going faith formation (at the parish or a Catholic school). Click here for a registration form.


Youth in grades 10 and older are invited to participate in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All youth should be involved in regular, on-going faith formation and also register for Confirmation prep through our Faith Formation program. Click here for the 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. 9

Nov. 6

Jan. 15

Feb. 12

Mar. 12

Apr. 9


**Celebration of Confirmation: Tues. Apr. 18, 7:00pm, Basilica of St. Mary, Mpls.


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