Faith Formation



For information about Faith Formation, sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, and other youth-related questions, please contact Tanya at 701-839-6834 or email her or send us a message through our Facebook page. 

First Eucharist (Communion)

For the children who are preparing for their First Eucharist, here are things to note:

Wednesday, Jan. 26, at either 4:00 or 5:30 p.m.:  There will be Mass in Class 

Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. OR Sunday, Jan. 30, at 1:00-2:30 p.m.: These are the two options from which you may choose for the required Retreat.  The child must be accompanied by at least one parent, with both parents preferred.  The format will be similar to the fall First Reconciliation retreat, and children will receive their "Blessed" materials to work on at home.  All students, including those who attend Bishop Ryan, are required to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Watterud, Faith Formation Coordinator, at 701-839-6834 (office), or by email.  Thank you!


Registration for Faith Formation and Youth programs

Click here for the online registration form. 

After registering, you may pay tuition online at this link.  (If it is past January 1, 2022, please pay only half the tuition noted.)

If your family is not yet a registered parish member family, you may register for parish membership using this form:  

Class calendars are below.

If your children attend Bishop Ryan Catholic School, they do not need to attend Faith Formation classes since they have religion class at school.  However, if your child is in grade 2 or higher and has not received the sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) or First Eucharist (communion), please register for those on the registration form noted above.  That way we will know you want them to prepare, and will invite you to the required retreat and other aspects of the program.  There is no fee for these sacramental preparation programs.  If your child is in grade 9 or older and wants to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, please register, as well.  Registration for sacraments will begin again in August 2022.

Calendars for Preschool through Grade 8 classes

Here are the calendars for classes.  (Note Confirmation calendars are below this section).

Sunday Preschool-grade 5 calendar (revised in November 2021)

Wednesday gr. K-5 calendar (revised in November 2021)

Wednesday gr. 6-8 calendar (revised in November 2021)



In our parish, students attend Confirmation classes on about 10 Sunday evenings during the school year, beginning in the fall of their 9th grade year (or older).  The Confirmation Mass is typically celebrated the second Sunday in October of the following year (their sophomore year).  If your child is in grade 9 or older and has not been confirmed, please contact us about Confirmation classes.  The calendars for classes and High School Youth Group are below.

NEW THIS YEAR: Confirmation students from Bishop Ryan are required to attend only the Orientation meeting (with parents) and the final sessions in Fall 2022. They do not need to attend the regular classes since they take religion class at school. Bishop Ryan students, together with public/home school students, will be asked to complete service hours, etc., as part of the preparation for Confirmation. Please call our Faith Formation office at 701-839-6834 for more information.
FOR PUBLIC/HOME SCHOOL PARENTS: Confirmation students who do not attend Bishop Ryan will have only 10 Sunday evening classes this school year, in addition to the Orientation meeting. The Confirmation class calendar is below.
ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (public/home school and Bishop Ryan) are invited to join the High School Youth Group. You may register on the form noted above, but registration is not required to attend. (Registration does, however, help us with planning and with contacting you.) There is no fee for High School Youth Group. We would love for parents to consider volunteering to help with the group. You'll find the High School Youth Group calendar below and on our Youth Groups page.

Calendar for Confirmation classes

Calendar for High School Youth Group


Will you volunteer?

If you wish to volunteer as a Teacher/Catechist, Aide, Hall Monitor, Youth Minister, etc., for the 2021-2022 school year of Faith Formation, please contact Tanya (see contact info above).

Faith Formation Volunteer training and background check forms

All volunteers who work with children and youth must be trained by reading the Diocese of Bismarck Code of Conduct and then must submit a signed Acknowledgement Form. In addition, all volunteers over age 18 must allow for a background check to be requested. 

You will find the information and forms on the diocesan website at these links:

- Diocese of Bismarck Code of Conduct (please read this)
- Acknowledgement Form (please sign and return this to the parish or Faith Formation office)
If you are age 18:  - Background Check Release Form (please complete and return this to the parish or Faith Formation office)

Thank you for your commitment to the children of our parish.

Prayers and Teachings

Looking for something to do to build your child's faith knowledge  Work with them on memorizing these Prayers and Teachings of the Catholic Church at home.  They can recite them at the Prayer Station for a prize or to help raise money for the poor.  Here's a link to the Prayers and Teachings.

Has it been a while since you went to confession? Here is a guide.

The Church recommends that we confess our sins to a priest through the sacrament of reconciliation at least once per month.  For many of us, the length between confessions might be much longer and we might worry that we forgot "how" to go to confession.  A priest will help you know what to say, but if you'd like a written guide, consider printing one of these and bringing it with you.  

Child's Reconciliation Format and examination of conscience questions

Teenager's Reconciliation Format and examination of conscience questions

Adult's Reconciliation Format and examination of conscience questions