Pre-School – 5th Grade
Forming Young Hearts for Christ
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.
Does your child need to receive Sacraments of First Communion, Confirmation, or Reconciliation?
Head over to our Sacraments page for more information
We cannot wait to be together again when it is safe for us to gather in person. We invite all Families to enjoy SPKids on demand to break open the Sunday Gospel.
Young Disciples welcomes our preschool children, age 3-5 during the 8:00 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 during the school year, from August to May. Registration begins in August and remains on-going throughout the year. There is $25 donation per family, requested to defray the cost of supplies. We invite all parents to serve in the classroom to experience it first-hand!
Caring Adults and Teens, we are always looking for an extra set of hands for Young Disciples. Whether you like to minister as a catechist, station leader, or extra set of hands, your gifts will be well appreciated! Please contact Sharon Fabyanic at sfabyanic(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org to find out how you can get more involved. We would love to have you!
Sharon Fabyanic, 480-998-3843 ext. 223 or sfabyanic(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
We offer formal faith classes for Children Age 4 through 3rd grade in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, taught by trained catechists. Level 1 children ages 4-5 meet on Sunday Mornings 7:45-9:15, or ages 4-6 meet after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Level 2 returning children in grades 1-3 meet on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.
- Level 1 sessions (Ages 4-5) meet on Sundays, 7:45-9:15am
or (Ages 4-6) meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm
- Level 2 sessions (Ages 6-8) meet on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings 6:00-7:30pm
Gerri Porteous, 480-998-3843 ext. 210 or gporteous(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)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 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, pod casts, zoom gatherings and more.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
While we are not able to meet together in person, we invite families to break open the Sunday Gospel through our SPKids on demand video.
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 throughout the school year. 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.
Every weekend mass. Children are welcomed to the front of the church and dismissed by the presiding priest. Children return to their parents during the Offertory.
Contact Sharon Fabyanic 480-998-3843 ext. 223 or sfabyanic(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org
Vacation Bible School
North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is.
Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power! Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor-the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation- at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.
Calling all kids to take up the gauntlet and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God and sharing God’s love to the world!
Vacation Bible School …
Welcomes children ages 4 through grade 5
Welcomes Group Leaders entering Grade 6 and up
Welcomes Adults looking for fun, meeting new families
and looking to brighten the life of a child
Contact Gerri Porteous, 480-998-3843 ext. 210 or gporteous(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stpatcc.org
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!
ROCK45 meets on Monday Nights from 6:30-8 PM. For For Fall of 2020, we will be meeting virtually until it is safe for us to be together again. We will meet from 6:30-7:30 and a Zoom link will be provided when you register.