Faith Formation Registration

In order to prepare for registration, you must have a REALM account with St. Patrick’s that is activated and up to date. Please check your REALM account and make sure that all of your family information is up to date. If you do not have a REALM account you can request one to be set up HERE. We also would love to put names with faces so please add a picture of you and your family to your account if you have not done so already!

Once your account is up to date you will be able to log in beginning July 1st and register for all of the Youth and Family Faith Formation Sessions under the Events tab in REALM.

Attached you will find a list of the Youth and Family Faith Formation options we will be offering this year.

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues setting up your account!

Update or Request REALM Account HERE

Register for Faith Formation HERE

2021-2022 Youth and Family Faith Formation Options

Family of Faith – Sundays 12:15- 2:00 pm

Families of Faith meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 12:15 pm for lunch following the 11:15 am Mass. After lunch, both parents and students will have their own sessions where parents will learn what and how to teach their children throughout the following month. Parents will then take lesson plans and homework to complete with their children before returning the following month. This year we will be going over the moral life and what it means to live the way God wants us to live.

Discover! Elementary Faith Formation – Sundays 10:30-11:45

A weekly classroom-style religious education designed to follow the 9:30 am Sunday Mass so families can attend Mass together and then elementary-age students can attend Faith Formation sessions immediately after it. This year we will continue using St Mary’s Press Discover! Finding Faith in Life, weekly lesson plans. Each student will receive their own “Catholic Children’s Bible”, which is translated into kid-friendly terms and accented with pictures and descriptions that bring to life the relevant Bible stories each week. Additionally, they will work through a weekly pamphlet and bring home a parent information sheet each week.

BLESSED: First Holy Communion Preparation – Sundays 10:30-11:45 OR Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

Designed for students entering into the 2nd grade to prepare for their First Holy Communion, which takes place at the end of the academic year, and First Reconciliation, which typically takes place in January. Throughout the year, they will work through the BLESSED: First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Books aided by the video characters created to go with the books. In order to complete registration parents will be asked to upload or email a copy of their child’s Baptism Certificate. Registrations will not be complete until their Baptism Certificate has been received.

EDGE Middle School Faith Formation – Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 pm

EDGE is a hybrid model of faith formation blending educational classroom methods with an interactive and relationship-building youth group model. We will be following Lifeteen’s EDGE curriculum with the middle school students as it provides a safe fun place for youth to find a solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.

CHOSEN: Confirmation Preparation – Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm

CHOSEN: Your Journey toward Confirmation is designed for students who are in 8th -12th grade. Like all Sacraments, there is not a correct age or time to receive a Sacrament but there is some preparation that needs to be completed before taking on the responsibility that comes with the Sacrament. At St. Patrick’s, students are required to be at least in the 8th grade before they begin preparing for Confirmation. The program is open to anyone in the 8th – 12th grades. CHOSEN takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will learn the story of salvation, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life.

In order to participate in the program, this year Candidates for Confirmation must apply to the program by August 31, 2022, to be considered for Confirmation in 2023. To complete the application process Candidates must register online using the REALM Faith Formation Form, submit a student essay and a parent essay, provide a copy of their Baptism Certificate, choose a sponsor and complete an interview with the program coordinators. Before registering, please read through this checklist and have these items prepared:

  • A copy of your Baptism Certificate and the information of your Baptismal Church.
  • An activated and updated family REALM account with St Patrick.
    • Be sure to include a recent profile picture added to your REALM account.
  • A Student Essay: Please answer one of the following questions in a three-hundred-word essay or more. The essay’s purpose is to help the Confirmation mentor get a better sense of where the candidate is starting this part of the faith journey. Please be honest; there is no right answer.
    • What type of Christian man or woman do you envision being in the future?
    • What steps do you need to take to get closer to God?
  • A Parent Essay: Please answer one of the following questions in three hundred words or more. The purpose of this essay is to help the Confirmation mentor get a better sense as to where your intentions for this Sacrament meet those of your child’s. Please be honest; there is no perfect answer.
    • How have you shared with your teen the importance of this sacrament?
    • What is the hope or vision you have for your child after he or she receives this sacrament?
  • The name and contact information for your sponsor.
    • What are the requirements for a sponsor? – The Confirmation sponsor must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. It cannot be a parent; however, the sponsor can be a grandparent or godparent. This should be someone the candidate trusts in seeking out faith advice and direction. While the popular choice is a family member or family friend the decision is up to the candidate.
    • What does a sponsor do during preparation? – A sponsor’s role is very limited during preparation. We ask that they do two things: a) Pray for the candidate and b) Check in on their preparation. A sponsor’s main duties will pick up where the mentor leaves off.
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