"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today."
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
St. Raphael Faith Formation
At St. Raphael's Parish we offer a variety of options for faith formation to best suit the needs and learning styles of our youth. Regardless of which option students attend, the core content and curriculum is the same for each grade level.
PREK-6th Grade Faith Formation
Faith Formation K-11/Atrium Registration Form and Schedules:
If your child is getting Confirmed this fall (2019), you do not need to re-register them.
Sacrament Registration Forms:
11th Graders go through Confirmation classes their Junior year and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation the Fall of their Senior year.
2nd Graders receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Fall and the Holy Eucharist in the Spring.
During the 2nd grade and 11th grade year we spend the majority of the year preparing the youth for the Sacraments. Extra material, meetings, and learning experiences are incorporated into the 2nd and 11th grade curriculum to best prepare students to receive the sacraments. During these years, all students attend faith formation in the Parish or School to journey in faith as a community.
Catechists & Volunteers
We have a dedicated staff of volunteer catechists. Most of our catechists have been sharing their faith for years in formal and informal settings. Many have received continuing education to improve their skills as well as using their own life experiences to teach about life with Christ and the churches traditions. Our catechists and volunteers lead by examples and are some of the most active people in our parish and community.
One area that our Faith Formation program is lacking in is having parent involvement and parent catechists. Many feel they are not qualified or do not know enough, but that is not the truth! If you are a Confirmed Catholic, you are qualified to be a teacher. The best teachers are those who learn along side the students. And one of the best things a parent can do for their child is to be involved in their religious education. If you are interested in helping, we will work one on one with you to be sure that you are equipped and comfortable in being a catechist for the students. We are truly blessed by the fine leaders that we already have at St. Raphael’s Church and we ask that you pray for more catechists and volunteers as we show our young people the love of the Church!
Interested in volunteering with St. Raphael Faith Formation? Give us a call 507-723-4138, or email Anne Goedtke for more information.
NOTE: All catechists and volunteers must complete VIRTUS Safe Environment training as well as fill out a background check and other necessary forms. All active adults will participated in a VIRTUS program as directed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and our local Diocese of New Ulm as we continue to make our children and world safer.