Elementary Formation

Formation for Age 4 through Grade 5

Forming Young Hearts for Christ

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Elementary Formation

Formation for Age 4 through Grade 5

Faith formation is catechesis (teaching the faith) which aims to deepen people’s contact with Jesus Christ via educational and enrichment opportunities. Designed to touch the intellect as well as the heart, these programs help people live and experience a more Christ-centered life. All programs are deeply rooted in Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We are committed to providing the very best in Faith Formation for your children in partnership with your family. We offer a variety of programming options to meet the diverse needs of our families. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our many programs. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

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SPkids Staff

Thomas Bestul
Coordinator of EDGE and Young Adult Ministries
ext. 206
tbestul@stpatcc.org

Diane Kar
Coordinator of Rock 45 and HS and MS Sacraments
ext. 209
dkar@stpatcc.org

Carol LoPorto
Administrative Assistant for Elementary and Youth Formation
ext. 211
cloporto@stpatcc.org

Gerri Porteous
Coordinator of CGS and Safe Environment
ext. 210
gporteous@stpatcc.org

Laura Whitney
Assistant Coordinator of EDGE and Life Teen
ext. 205
lwhitney@stpatc.org

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SPKids Events, Programs, and Formation

Kids Corner

St. Patrick Catholic Community Kids Corner provides a safe and loving environment for our young children, supervised by caring adults and teenagers who have been approved to be ministers in the community. We are open at all Masses on Saturday and Sunday to allow parents to worship more attentively. Kid Corner is open to all little ones age 1 (and walking) to age 4 (ages 4 and older attend Young Disciples or CLOW).

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Contact for more information: Laura Whitney, 480-998-3843 ext. 205 or lwhitney@stpatc.org

CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)


Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a continuation of the Mass for children Age 4 through Grade 4. All children are welcome to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word at all Mass times offered throughout the school year. Please check the bulletin or click the link below for the schedule. Registration is not required. Adult Leaders create an atmosphere that allows God’s Word to take root and live in the hearts of the children. Using the Sunday Readings and materials provided, adult leaders present an interactive homily with the children at every weekend Mass.

We are always in need of adult CLOW leaders. If interested in becoming a catechist for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, please contact Kylie Popa.

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Contact for more information: Laura Whitney, 480-998-3843 ext. 205 or lwhitney@stpatcc.org

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium)


We offer after school faith formation classes for Children Age 4 through Grade 3 in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, taught by trained catechists. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Classes meet after school and early evening for an hour and a half, once a week, September through April. Class sizes are small and intimate for more one on one attention.

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Contact for more information: Gerri Porteous, 480-998-3843 ext. 210 or gporteous@stpatcc.org

Young Disciples


Young Disciples welcomes our preschool children, age 3-5 during the 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Sunday Mass to explore the Gospel through storytelling, song, dance, puppetry, craft and games. Preschoolers spend time with caring adults in an enriching, age appropriate environment that furthers their understanding of God, and God’s immense love for them. This program is offered on various Sundays during the school year, from August to May. Please check the bulletin or click the link below for the schedule. Registration is required and begins in August and remains on-going throughout the year. 

We invite all parents to serve in the classroom to experience it first-hand! Whether you like to minister as a catechist, station leader, or extra set of hands, your gifts will be well appreciated!

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Contact for more information: Laura Whitney, 480-998-3843 ext. 205 or lwhitney@stpatcc.org

Family Faith Formation


In our family faith formation study program, families are equipped with materials to pass on the catechism of our faith at home. Each child begins with a workbook that will help families grow together in the richness of church teaching. Then families are given additional resources throughout the year to enhance learning throughout the liturgical seasons. Families are not alone in this journey. This is a unique moment in time for us to come together and grow in spirituality at home. Families will be offered a variety of materials, hands-on materials in our family launch pads, on demand videos, podcasts, gatherings and more.

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Contact for more information: Carol LoPorto, 480-998-3843 ext. 211 or cloporto@stpatcc.org

Rock45


ROCK45 invites 4 & 5th grade students to deepen their faith with fun, dynamic evenings that invite upper elementary students to encounter God’s immense love for them. Through games, crafts, service, scripture study and prayer students grow deeper in knowledge of Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. ROCK45 helps our youth foster faith based friendships. All 4 & 5th graders of the parish are invited to come check it out!

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Contact for more information: Diane Kar, 480-998-3843 ext. 209 or at dkar@stpatcc.org

Summer Programs

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Keep your children engaged in faith formation even over summer break! We offer a variety of activities and programs all summer long to help you. We will help you grow deeper in faith and have fun along the way. Stay tuned for registration information as we get closer to summer.

Contact for more information: Diane Kar, 480-998-3843 ext. 209 or dkar@stpatcc.org

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