St. Michael Catholic Church and School

Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Our core faith formation program is LIFT, or Learning In Faith Together, a parish-wide, family catechesis program focused on strengthening our relationship with God and neighbor, building the parish community and helping parents become the primary evangelizers of their children (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2223-2229).

Parents and children attend once a month together from October through April, with additional activities, materials and resources for the home throughout the rest of the month, and additional classes for students preparing for First Reconciliation/First Communion or Confirmation.

LIFT is offered to all our parishioners regardless of age or state in life; parishioners share their faith with each other and learn from individual experiences. For more information on LIFT or related programs, contact faith formation director Bob Swift at bswift@stmcatholicchurch.org or 763-497-2745 ext. 215 or faith formation coordinator Andrea Zachman at azachman@stmcatholicchurch.org or 763-497-2745 ext. 216.


Vacation Bible School 2018: Set Sail with the Holy Trinity
  • Dates: Monday, July 30, through Thursday, August 2, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday evening Mass, concert and cookout
  • Grades: K through 5th grade (Fall 2018)
  • PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN, and 2nd GRADE CLASSES ARE FULL
  • $25 per child ($50 family max)
  • Option Two: Printable VBS Registration Form (Turn in to Parish Office)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Coming in Fall 2018)

This fall we have an exciting and deeply faith-building opportunity for the youngest students in our parish: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is coming to St. Michael Catholic Church! Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation for children, and Level 1 will begin here in the fall. Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will help to meet the religious needs of children age 3-1/2 to 6 in our community and assist them in their religious experience of learning the fundamentals of our faith and falling in love with Jesus and His Church. The children meet during the school year, once a week (morning and later afternoon sessions will be available) in a room (atrium) that is carefully set up to allow them to enter into the Scriptures and the life of the Church in a powerful way using hands-on learning materials. The children hear the Scripture passages and use the materials that accompany those readings to reflect further and speak with God. We call this “work” because speaking with God is their best work they can give God. When this takes place in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the atrium, it is like Lectio Divina for children. For more information on what CGS is, visit the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website.


2018-19 LIFT Registration
  • Online Registration Form (coming soon!)
  • Printable Registration Form (coming soon!)
2017-2018 LIFT Materials
2018-19 Faith Formation Calendars
Sacrament Preparation
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