Faith Formation Registration

Faith Formation sessions for 2018-2019 will begin the week of September 23, 2018

 To register, download the Faith Formation Registration Form to complete and submit to the Faith Formation Office.

Faith Formation Registration Form 2018-2019

**Includes description of programs for all ages.

 Sacrament Enrollment Form 2018-2019

**Must be submitted for ALL Sacrament Preparation, including Communion & Confirmation

 **Note New Fee Structure**

  • Tuition: (Sunday Preschool, Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and Home Formation)
      • $35 per student if registered prior to June 30, 2018
      • $40 per student if registered between July 1 – August 31, 2018
      • $50 per student If registered after September 1, 2018
  • Sacrament Preparation: (Reconciliation/Communion – grade 2 or Confirmation – grade 8)
      • $15 per student if Sacrament Enrollment Form is received prior to June 30, 2018
      • $20 per student if Sacrament Enrollment Form is received between July 1 – August 31, 2018
      • $25 per student if Sacrament Enrollment Form is received after September 1, 2018



Phone: 616.676.9111




  • Monday-Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Jessica May, Faith Formation Assistant            ext 114

Teri Burns, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation                                                                           ext 115

Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8)                                                                   ext 124

Karen Ottenweller, Pastoral Associate for Early Childhood Ministry (Sunday Preschool)                ext 132

Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry (Gr 1-5)                                                  ext 123

Michael Renauer, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 9-12)                                                   ext 118



St. Robert of Newminster Church’s Faith Formation Team is committed to providing resources and opportunities for the development of faith for persons of all ages. We take our directive from the Church, which says that “the definitive aim of catechesis (religious education) is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” (National Directory for Catechesis, 19B) Through our ministry, we aim to assist people of all ages to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith, participate more explicitly in the liturgy and sacraments, live according to Jesus’ moral teaching, become people of prayer, and participate actively in the life and mission of the Church by becoming missionary disciples in their families, communities and world.

As we grow in relationship with God and knowledge of and in love with Jesus Christ, we ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to guide and nurture the faith development and discipleship of the community of St Robert of Newminster Church.



Sunday Preschool provides the opportunity for children ages 3 to kindergarten to develop an awareness of God’s presence and love in their lives, their families, their community, and the world around them. Sessions are offered on Sundays during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.

For more information on Sunday Preschool, contact Karen Ottenweller, Pastoral Associate for Early Childhood Ministry, ext 132.



Be My Disciples offers engaging lessons that lead young disciples to higher levels of moral thinking and a deeper initiation into a life of prayer. Through exploration, discovery, and decision-making, children are invited to accept the challenge to follow Jesus and learn and practice the skills needed to be active disciples.

The BE MY DISCIPLES WEBSITE offers exciting resources to support catechists, parents, and students with Be My Disciples.

For more information on Be My Disciples, contact Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry, ext 123.



This catechetical process for middle school youth combines youth activities and small group discussions to inspire fun learning, encourage enthusiasm for the Catholic faith, and develop relationship with Jesus Christ.

The St Mary’s Press Website provides resources on their Middle School Resource Center, including daily readings, articles, videos, Catholic news, and activities.

 For more information on Catholic Connections, contact Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8), ext 124.



This ministry supports and encourages our youth to develop a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, family, and friends. It fosters involvement in church and community through prayer and worship, catechesis, service, and social activities.

Youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate in the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass as altar servers, ushers, lectors, or choir members. Youth in grades 10-12 may participate as Eucharistic ministers.

On Sunday evenings after the 6:00 p.m. Mass, high school youth gather for evening prayer, talk about specific topics chosen by them, and eat dinner. For exact schedule, watch the bulletin and parish website or sign up to receive email communications.

For additional information on High School Youth Ministry, contact Michael Renauer, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 9-12), ext. 118.



A home formation option is available for families preferring to do faith formation at home.

St Roberts uses Pflaum Publishing’s Gospel Weeklies for grades 1-5, providing parents with a weekly teaching plan based on the Sunday Scripture readings. Children’s flyers and engaging activities make Gospel Weeklies a great resource for growing faith in the home.

Learners in grades 6-8 receive a Catholic Connections Student Handbook and lesson outlines.



Whether with your own family or a group of families, fan the flame of faith through prayer, Scripture study, and activities. FIRE is for families/households of all ages and styles: families with children, married couples, empty-nesters, seniors. The process consists of at-home activities, group gatherings (if desired), and parish on-site seasonal events. Consider FIRE if your family’s busy schedule keeping you from participating in weekly formation processes, but you would like to be active in exploring your Catholic faith.


For more information on FIRE, contact Teri Burns, 616-676-9111 ext 115.


 Reconciliation & Communion

Second graders also use a variety of resources for preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, including God’s Gifts faith formation curriculum and parent-child retreats.

For more information preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, contact Jolana Peard, Pastoral Associate for Elementary Ministry, ext 123.


Confirmation Preparation

Eighth graders prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation with an online interactive process, Called to Mercy, and retreats.

For more information on preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact Christine McCarty, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry (Gr 6-8), ext 124.