St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School
835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: 651-633-8333  |  Fax: 651-633-7404
  Faith Formation  
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Family Formation
Family Formation is a 1st-6th grade Catholic faith formation program that is based on the fundamental principle that parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith.  This program, which was created, developed, and tested locally for over twenty years at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, MN, is used by parishes and families across the US and Canada.  

The Family Formation program is centered on weekly family gatherings where lessons, provided by the church, are worked on and discussed by parents and their children at home.  Those weekly home lessons are then supplemented with monthly meetings at St. Johns where students, led by a trained catechist, gather to learn about a topic in a classroom setting, while their parents meet to receive instruction on the same topic.  Ideally, this shared learning experience spills over into the family's everyday life and leads to discussion in the home about the Catholic Faith, and ultimately, to fuller growth into the life of the Church. 

•A great Catholic curriculum.
•Brings the Faith alive through dynamic lessons, activities, and audio CD's. 
•Follows the three-year liturgical cycle and points families to what is happening in the Church year.
•Is driven by Sacred Scripture.
•Is faithful to the teaching of the Magesterium. (The teaching authority of the Church.) 
•References the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 
•Provides adult formation and grade specific classroom curriculum. 
•Provides weekly family home lessons, which enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the faith. 

Registration Information

Registration is required for participation in the Family Formation program.

Registration Form 

Volunteer Information
Many volunteers are needed to make the Family Formation program possible.  Please consider becoming a volunteer catechist or catechist assistant and accept the challenge of helping our families pass on the faith on to the next generation.  Training is provided by the church.  Volunteers are required to attend a monthly meeting in addition to the classroom sessions. If you are interested in volunteering, call Mary Kohlhaas at 651-633-1540 ext. 1234. 

More Resources

All Family Formation meetings follow 5:30 PM Mass
and 6:00 PM dinner to which all families are invited to participate
and are held in St. Joseph’s Hall (SJH).



25, Wednesday – All Saints Party  6:00 PM – meet in Plaza to begin



8,  Wednesday – Family Formation:  “I Believe” (The Creed) 6:30 PM in SJH

29, Wednesday – Family Advent Event: “Journey To The Inn” - meet in SJH



10, Sunday – Family Advent Retreat – 10:30 am Mass-2:00 PM in the Church and SJH

13, Wednesday – Family Formation: “Water And Fire” (Baptism & Confirmation) 6:30 PM in SJH

17, Sunday – Parish Communal Reconciliation (Form II) 3:30 PM in the Church



3, Wednesday – Family Formation: “The Call:  Are you Listening?” (Vocations) 6:30 PM in SJH



7, Wednesday - Family Formation: “Sacrament of the Sick” 6:30 PM in SJH



7, Wednesday - Family Formation: “The Ten Commandments” 6:30 PM in SJH

30, Saturday – Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 AM – All families welcome, meet in the Plaza



4, Wednesday - Family Formation: “Eucharistic Adoration”  6:30 PM in SJH



2, Wednesday - Family Formation: “Mary, God’s Masterpiece” 6:30 PM in SJH



19-21, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Vacation Bible School (VBS) for 3 years old through 6th grade




December 3, Sunday – First Reconciliation Retreat (children & parents)  2:00-5:00 PM in SJH & Church

December 16, Saturday – First Reconciliation (children & families)  9:15-11:00 AM in Church

February 22, Thursday – Kickoff and Parent Meeting for First Eucharist (For parents and children) 

                 6:30 PM in SJH

April 15, Sunday – First Eucharist Retreat (children & parents)  2:00-5:00 PM in SJH & Church

April 23, 24 & 26, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - First Eucharist Practices  6:30 PM Church

April 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday - First Eucharist at all Masses  4:30 PM Sat., 8:30 & 10:30 AM Sun.



Children and Youth


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