FAITH FORMATION: Ages 3- Grade 12

Faith Formation Registration Forms:

  • Registration: Please ensure your parish registration is complete, and includes all family members.  You may register with the parish online via the tab on the left.  Automatic mailings are only generated for children registered also as parishioners.


Calendar 2017-2018:  Little Church (ages 4-6)

Calendar 2017-2018:  Faith Formation for grades 2-5

Calendar 2017-2017:  High School Faith Formation

Calendars for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and other special events are still being planned. If you wish to register your children for CGS, please contact us as noted in the description below.

For 1st Communion & Confirmation Preparation information, please visit our Sacrament Prep tab on the left side menu.

Registration for See the See is now open through Sept. 24.  Please visit here for more information and registration form here.

Grades 1-12 Faith Formation begins with Orientation on Catechetical Sunday, (Sept. 17, 2017).  There will be a blessing of catechists (including the primary catechists-the parents) during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We follow with orientation in the parish hall. An optional Knights of Columbus breakfast will also be available. Please join us.  We have many new and wonderful opportunities for our youth and families this year!

Changes in Class Locations for 2017-18: 

Grades 6-12 will continue to gather for snack and classes in the St. Peter Cathedral basement rooms, following the 10:30 Mass and ending at 1:00 PM.

Grades 1-5 will gather for snacks and classes at Father Marquette Academy Elementary building, following the 10:30 Mass.  Parents are asked to bring their children to the school, as well as to pick them up there.  Since this is a change we will evaluate this process during the transition phase. Because of the movement between buildings grades 1-5 will end at 1:15 PM

Faith Formation Program Details

St. Peter Cathedral uses a mix of resources to teach the Diocese Curriculum for all grades.  The diocese curriculum is available for reference at:


High School:

High School Faith Formation

Confirmation Preparation is the High School Faith Formation program, as outlined in the Diocese Curriculum.  Since formation in our faith is a lifelong process, all high school youth are encouraged to be a part of the high school program regardless of whether or not they have already received the Sacrament.  "By the sacrament of Confirmation,” the students already Confirmed “are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."   (CCC #1285) Confirmed high school students provide a powerful, vital witness to those preparing for the Sacrament. A classroom mix of students preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with those who have been confirmed allows the students to experience both necessary components to their formation in faith:  learning and witnessing.

St. Peter Cathedral utilizes Ascension Press’ Chosen program, along with videos from, a mix of service projects, retreat opportunities, and social outings. Some of the service projects we will be taking part in this year will have to do with the Care Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul, Bishop Baraga 150th death anniversary, and providing service around our very own church. Retreat opportunities include Youth Encounter at Marygrove, NET, Steubenville Youth Conferences, as well as parish retreats. We have a lot of new opportunities and activities happening. One of them that we are very excited about is our Coffeehouse, which allows youth to just hang out, be with their friends, do homework, and drink some good coffee. High school formation is led by Katelyn McKeen and a team of young adults.

**NEW** We now offer two wonderful opportunities for our youngest parishioners, ages 3-6.  If possible, we encourage children to participate in both programs, as they are distinctly different.

  •  LITTLE CHURCH (ages 4-6)

Little Church continues this year and focuses on a small project related to the Sunday Gospel. Little Church meets in the Bishops’ Room during the 10:30 a.m. Mass, Liturgy of the Word. 


During the collection, the children rejoin their families for the Liturgy of the Eucharist and Concluding Rites. A Little Church family may also be invited to bring the gifts to the altar.


Although there is no fee for Little Church, children must still register using the Faith Formation registration link above.



St. Peter Cathedral, in conjunction with Father Marquette Academy, is delighted to launch a shared Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium.   

“The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children… It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, ‘hands-on’ space for children called an Atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Sofia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobbi fifty years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world-wide.”(1)


Within the Atrium, the mysteries of God and of the child meet, drawing all into a deeper relationship with Him who loved us first. Each level is specifically tailored to the developmental stages and needs of the child. The focus of the Atrium is not intellectual; that is secondary. The Atrium is a retreat center designed to help the child come to God himself that s/he may come to know and grow in relationship with the Good Shepherd. (John 10: 14-15)


The sacred, hands on space of the Atrium will be housed in the Father Marquette Elementary Academy and as a shared program will be utilized by CGS trained catechists from both the school and St. Peter Cathedral Faith Formation.

1st grade Faith Formation will utilize the atrium during our regular class time.  Kindergarteners will have an option to register during this same time, if space allows.  Other atrium sessions will be offered for all children ages 3-6 with times determined based upon availability and need.  Atrium aides are also neededCurious?  We invite you to listen to the witness from existing atriums at

For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you may visit . Please contact Jenny Lochner at 226-6548 x211 or if you:

  • are interested in sharing your time, talent or treasure (we are still building our atrium and have many needs)
  • you would like to bring your children to meet and grow to love the Good Shepherd, our Lord, in the sacred space of our atrium
  • would like more information.

Whole Family events:

Whole Family events such as the All Saints’ Festival and a Lenten Event will also be offered.  Please watch our Upcoming Events tab and bulletins for more information and to sign up for meals.


We also offer a monthly Whole Family event, “Mass Impact”.  Mass Impact is held the second Tuesday of the month and begins at 6:30 pm with a potluck supper in the Parish Hall.  Supper is followed by Eucharistic Adoration with praise in song, a witness talk and Benediction.

The Role of Faith Formation staff and of parents

It is the role of the faith formation department to assist parents in teaching their children the faith, to help prepare children and adults to receive the Sacraments, to assist those who are entering the Church or being fully initiated as Catholics through RCIA, and to provide faith formation opportunities for adults.


At a child’s baptism the priest says to the parents:  “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. . . Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”  The parents respond: “I do.” The central, most important role of a parent is to raise their child in the faith, so the child may grow “to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.”  Parents accept this role in the promise they make at their child’s baptism.   “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223), whether those children attend Catholic school, parish religious education, or are homeschooled. 


St. Peter Cathedral staff and catechists will model the faith, communicate, and provide opportunities and information to assist families in faith formation and to build a friendly and caring parish community. We offer classroom instruction, materials for home use and service and retreat opportunities as appropriate.

For more information about our programs, please feel free to contact us at 226-6548.

For ages 3- Grade 8 & First Communion Prep:  Jenny Lochner  at x211

For Grades 9-12 & Confirmation:  Katelyn McKeen, x207.


Adults and older children:

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