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. 

Required First Reconciliation Retreat Oct. 14 or 17

There are two options for the required First Reconciliation Retreat.  They are Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. or Sunday, Oct. 17, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  The child who is preparing for the sacrament and at least one parent must attend one of the retreats.  The letter concerning the retreats may be found here.

Registration for Faith Formation and Youth programs

The registration form for Faith Formation classes and Youth programs for the 2021-2022 school year is now available online and was mailed to families with children ages 3 through high school who are registered parish members.  Click here for the online registration form. 

After registering, you may pay tuition online at this link.

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

Class calendars are below the "Confirmation" section of this page.

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.

Confirmation

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 and register for Confirmation classes.  The registration form is at this link.  The calendars for classes and High School Youth Group are below.

FOR BISHOP RYAN PARENTS (please read to the end):
If your child attends Bishop Ryan Catholic School and you would like him or her to receive the sacraments at Our Lady of Grace, including First Reconciliation/Confession and First Eucharist/Communion (for grade 2 and up) and Confirmation (for grade 9 and up), please register them for these programs on our online registration form. There is no cost. 
 
NEW THIS YEAR: Confirmation students from Bishop Ryan are required to attend only the Orientation meeting (with parents) on Sunday, Sept. 12, 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. The details will be shared at the Sept. 12, 6:30pm, Orientation meeting that the student and at least one parent are required to attend. The meeting will be held in the parish dining room, and a simple meal will be served. If you cannot attend on Sept. 12, the Make-up Orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 5:30pm in the dining room (also with a simple meal). If you have questions, please call our Faith Formation office at 701-839-6834.
 
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. Your Orientation meeting is the same as noted above. Please register for Confirmation classes on the form near the top of this page. There is a fee to cover class materials, and scholarships are available. 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.
 
FOR STUDENTS WHO PREPARED LAST YEAR AND WILL BE CONFIRMED OCT. 10: You will have class with Fr. Maus on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 7:00-8:30pm in the dining room. During this time, you will learn about the remaining requirements to fulfill before your October Confirmation Mass.
 
 

2021-2022 High School Youth Group Calendar

Class 1:  Article and Reflection Questions

Class 2 (Nov. 7):  Article and Reflection Questions

Reconciliation format sheet

 

Calendars for Preschool through Grade 8 classes

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

Sunday classes:  Preschool-grade 5 calendar

Wednesday classes:  Kindergarten-grade 5 calendar

Gr. 6-8 classes & Middle School Youth Group:  Combined Calendar

 

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