Faith Formation at Saint Michael Parish
Sacramental Preparation Policy
The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Sacraments. It is our joy to accompany your child on this sacramental journey. The Archdiocese of Seattle requires a full year of faith formation prior to the immediate year of preparation for theSsacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, along with regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Formal faith formation includes participation in F.A.I.T.H., Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or Catholic school education.
Preparation for Confirmation leads the young Christian toward a more intimate relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit so they can fully live out their Christian life. The reception of the Sacrament has real and profound effects on the person. The Confirmation Ministry is a one-year program for teens and their parents that is engaging and intentional Catholic formation through small groups, retreats, and service opportunities.
Download the Required Baptism Information for Confirmation form.
Faith Formation Opportunities
The following is a list of the many formation opportunities offered to your family at Saint Michael Parish. All Faith Formation Sessions at SMP are offered at no cost because of the generous donations of our parish families through weekly envelopes or online giving.
Saint Michael Parish provides childcare for children ages 1-9 years old. This Mass Ministry exposes children to a caring Christian environment during Mass. It is offered on Sundays at 9:30am and 5pm at the Downtown Church in Room #5.
Because Saint Michael Parish is committed to lifelong faith formation for our families, we offer Faith Alive in the Home! F.A.I.T.H. is for children ages pre-K through 5th grade and their parents. We meet the first two Sundays of each month from October through May (for Pastoral Year 2020 we are also piloting a Monday night offering). The program’s structure includes catechesis in small groups for children, as well as large and small group opportunities for faith formation for the parents. This inter-generational approach incorporates family faith development, which supports parents as they raise their children in the faith.
This ministry is for children who have completed a year of formation (see Sacramental Prep policy) and who are ready to enter their immediate year of preparation to receive Sacraments. It takes place on the 1st & 2nd Sundays of the month from 10:45am to 1pm at the Downtown location (for Pastoral Year 2020 we are also piloting a Monday night offering).
During the 9:30am Mass at the Downtown Church, this ministry provides the opportunity for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade to celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word experience.
This method of faith formation is for children age 3- 12 years old and explores the faith using the Montessori Method. It takes place each week for two hours on the day assigned to your child.
For Pastoral Year 2020, our Confirmation Ministry welcomes all students in 9th through 12th grades who discern they are ready to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This ministry invites parents to journey with their children toward the Sacrament. The confirmand’s commitment includes two evening gatherings per month from October to May. Parents are encouraged to participate in formational gatherings monthly as well.
The sacrament of Baptism for children ages 7 and older is offered through our RCIA program.
TNTT Is the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement offered for children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. It takes place on the 3rd, 4th & 5th Sunday at 1:30pm at the Downtown Church.
Engages our middle school youth from 6th through 8th grade. It takes place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at the Downtown Church.
Engages our high school teens in 9th through 12th grade. It takes place on Sunday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Church.