Faith Formation for All Ages
Our multifaceted, comprehensive program is for children, youth, families, young adults and adults. There is something for everyone!
Faith Formation is a lifelong process which is centered around the Mass and Sacraments. At Baptism, each of us began our journey of faith—a journey that lasts a lifetime. We are called to ongoing formation, prayer and growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Find out about age specific guidelines by reading the Timeline for Faith Formation for Families and Children.
We offer year-round Faith Formation programs and ministries for all ages, including small group formation opportunities, Family/Intergenerational Gatherings, and a variety of ministry opportunities. Let us walk this journey of faith together!
Registration for Family and Youth Programs
- Step 1 – Complete the online Registration form. It is one form per family. Please include all children, program choices, and demographic information on this form. If you need a hard copy, please contact our office.
- Step 2 – Pay program materials fee. You can pay by mail/drop off a check or exact cash to Saint Kateri Faith Formation Office, 445 Kings Hwy S, 14617. If you need a fee waiver or the option to pay over time, please contact us by email or phone 585-338-1146. An easy online payment option is coming soon!
Fees by program:
Family Faith Formation (Pre-K to Grade 12) – $55 for one child; $80 for two; $105 family maximum
First Reconciliation & First Communion – $50 per child
Confirmation – $25 per child, per year
(All fees are used to cover materials.)
Contact our office with any registration questions at 585-338-1146 or if you need a paper registration form.
Family Faith Formation Program
This dynamic family centered, parent focused program is open to families with children of all ages. Utilizing small family groups, your family will have opportunities to build strong relationships with one another and with other families, while growing closer to God and learning about the faith.
This program includes weekly at home activities, designed by you and a trained catechist. In addition, families will gather monthly in small family groups to pray, talk, and share faith experiences with one another.
We also offer seasonal Family/Intergenerational Faith Formation sessions. These sessions are open to individuals of all ages. Families participate in engaging activities, prayer experiences, and community building opportunities. Full schedule here.
Children and teenagers who attend public school and are in First Grade through High School should be enrolled in the Family Faith Formation Program.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Ages 3-6
Faith Formation Option for Ages 3, 4, 5, & 6 - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
Weekly formation opportunity to experience God and learn about the faith with hands on, age-specific activties. CGS runs Sundays from 10:45 AM to Noon in the Atrium inside Church at Christ the King during the school year.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Children currently enrolled in Faith Formation or Catholic School and in Second Grade and older may prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The preparation process includes youth and parent sessions at the parish. Please register on the Faith Formation Registration Form. These sessions are required preparation for youth who attend Catholic and public school.
Children currently enrolled in Faith Formation or Catholic School and in Eighth Grade and older may prepare for Confirmation. This is a two-year preparation process that includes youth and parent sessions at the parish, an annual retreat, and other requirements. Please register on the Faith Formation Registration Form. These sessions are required preparation for youth who attend Catholic and public school.
What is Comprehensive Youth Ministry?
More than youth group. Forming disciples before, during and after Confirmation. Integrating teens into the life of the parish liturgy, community and the wider world as followers of Jesus. Many events and activities are open to youth in grades 6-12. Some events are limited by age.
With that in mind, the Director of Youth Ministry, other staff, parent and parish volunteers and teens leaders put together a variety of activities to promote the growth of the teens as disciples. There are three goals for this effort based on a document by the USCCB – Renewing the Vision (1997):
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.
- To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
This includes a variety of components:
- Community Life
- Justice and Service
- Leadership Development
- Pastoral Care
- Prayer and Worship
- Registration Youth Ministry Health and Permission Form
Young Adult and Adult Opportunities
Alpha and Beyond
Alpha is about meeting people where they are, engaging them in conversations about life's important questions, introducing them to the person of Jesus, and ultimately helping them build a relationship with Jesus, one another and the Catholic Church.
Small groups that have already experienced the Alpha series continue to meet and explore other faith topics, using the same format of meal, video/talk, and discussion.
Small Groups and Bible Study - Small Groups provide the opportunity to grow in your personal relationship with God and with others.
Lecture Series - offered at various times during the year on faith topics
Young Adult Ministry
Our Young Adult Ministry is designed for those in their 20’s and 30’s. Join us for seasonal activities that provide spiritual growth and foundations in our faith.
- C.A.F.E.—especially for college-aged young adults, but open to all from ages 18-29.
- Summer Series – Pop Up Prayer, Summer Alpha
- Diocese Theology on Tap and other events
- Play and Pray for Parents with Young Children
- Marriage Enrichment