Faith Formation Ministries

The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel.” (USCCB)

Catechesis involves handing on the Word of God and informing the faith of the community. Different programs address the needs of different groups and different ages. We have a host of Faith Formation ministries that work to instruct and form our faith community. To be a catechist at any level is to bless others with the gifts of a well formed faith.

Click on each ministry for a description and contact information.

Contact: Hannah Hach at (360) 292-7114 or hhach@saintmichaelparish.org

Contact: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org

People with special needs have gifts to share with the larger Church community. Be part of that joyful team that accompanies children and adults with special needs as they grow in their faith and sense of giftedness as a valuable member of God’s family. Experience gained either at home or in a professional environment is a valuable asset, but not necessary. Background check and Safe Environment training required.

Teen Mentors are trained to walk with children with special needs in the classroom environment or one-on-one. Teens in 8th grade and up are invited to consider this ministry.

Contact: Elizabeth Lyons 360-292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org

Each year, a themed Vacation Bible School is held for children age who have completed kindergarten through those entering 6th grade the following fall. VBS is typically held at the end of June. Advance preparation includes registration, planning, decorating, and station preparation. Volunteers during the week of VBS are involved as small group guides or activity leaders from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for 1-5 days during the week. Individuals who love children and who are gifted in prayer, music, cooking, crafts, and recreation are encouraged to serve. Youth who have completed 8th grade through adults are invited to help. Orientation is provided. Background check and Safe Environment training are required.

Contact: Hannah Hach at (360) 292-7114 or hhach@saintmichaelparish.org

Catechists will facilitate small groups of middle school students in preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a one-year commitment, 5-10 hours per month. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.

Contact: Brandon Jones at (360) 292-7118 or bjones@saintmichaelparish.org

Adult Core Member

Looking to share your gifts of the Holy Spirit with our youth? Our Core teams are relational ministry. This opportunity is for adults over 18 years of age who are passionate about their faith and feel called to lead high school youth closer to Christ. We provide various opportunities for youth to stay involved and grow as disciples. One of our main offerings occurs Sunday afternoons ending at our Life Teen Mass. Core Members commit to attend monthly planning meetings, days apart, retreats, various outside activities, and interaction with teens on their “turf”. We are a faith community, growing in relationship with God. This is a one-year commitment. Adult Core members will need to have a background check and Safe Environment training, which are required by the Archdiocese. 

Teen Lead

Looking to be a Teen Lead? Here are the requirements:

  • Must be in high school.
  • Must have received the sacrament of confirmation.
  • Teen Leads are involved with our Sunday experience by serving as a hospitality host, sacristan, playing in our Life Teen band, ushering, or lectoring.
  • Teen leads are expected to do 4-5 service projects a year as a group.
  • Meet weekly for “Unleashed” – discipleship programs for teen leads.
  • Teen leads help set up and break down Sunday gatherings.
  • This is a one-year commitment, 2-3 hours per week. Training is provided.
  • Teen Leads are mentored by our adult Core members and given the opportunity to help lead small group discussions, coordinate, and plan events or gatherings.
  • Attend retreats and leadership conferences.

As a Teen Lead you have the opportunity to choose to lead in our middle school youth ministry or high school ministry.

As a high school Teen Lead you will develop your leadership skills by receiving mentorship from our adult Core members, which gives you the opportunity to effectively and prayerfully lead small group discussions, coordinate and plan events or gatherings.

We also fellowship outside of church by going to various activities such as bowling, movies, dinner, or any other activity the group feels they would like to experience.

Contact: Brandon Jones at (360) 292-7108 or bjones@saintmichaelparish.org

Adult Core Member

Looking to share your gifts of the Holy Spirit with our youth? Our Core teams are relational ministry in itself. This opportunity is for adults over 18 years of age who are passionate about their faith and feel called to lead middle school youth closer to Christ. We provide various opportunities for youth to stay involved and grow as disciples. Core Members commit to attend monthly planning meetings, days apart, retreats, various outside activities, and interaction with youth on their “turf”.  We are a faith community, growing in relationship with God. This is a one-year commitment. Adult Core members will need to have a background check and Safe Environment training, which are required by the Archdiocese.

Teen Lead

Looking to be a Teen Lead? Here are the requirements:

  • Must be in high school.
  • Must have received the sacrament of confirmation.
  • Teen Leads are involved with our Sunday experience by serving as a hospitality host, sacristan, playing in our Life Teen band, ushering, or lectoring.
  • Teen Leads are expected to do 4-5 service projects a year as a group.
  • Meet weekly for “Unleashed” – discipleship programs for Teen Leads.
  • Teen Leads help set up and break down Sunday gatherings.
  • This is a one-year commitment, 2-3 hours per week. Training is provided.
  • Teen Leads are mentored by our adult Core members and given the opportunity to help lead small group discussions, coordinate, and plan events or gatherings.
  • Attend retreats and leadership conferences.

As a Teen Lead you have the opportunity to choose to lead in our middle school youth ministry or high school ministry.

As a middle school Teen Lead, you will partner up with an adult Core member and run our small groups and gatherings. You will mentor our middle school youth. Training will be provided.

We also fellowship outside of church by going to various activities such as bowling, movies, dinner, or any other activity the group feels they would like to experience.

Contact: Brandon Jones (360) 292 – 7118 or bjones@saintmichaelparish.org

This primarily involves greeting families and guiding them in the Sacrament of Baptism during a Sunday Mass on dates mutually agreed upon. We ask that facilitators serve at least 6 baptism per year. Extensive training on the Sacrament of Baptism is provided. If you have a love for hospitality, the Sacraments, and the ability to give directions, please consider this ministry.

Contact: Hannah Hach at (360) 292-7114 or hhach@saintmichaelparish.org

Scripture study includes daily personal Bible reading and study, small group faith sharing, video and lecture presentations, and prayer. Objectives include a deeper personal relationship with God, richer appreciation of the Catholic faith tradition, and a fuller experience of Christian community. Facilitators guide the discussion, establish an open and accepting climate, lead group prayer, and support and encourage participants. Training is provided. Volunteers should be faithful to the time commitment, be willing to lead prayer and discussion, and have a welcoming spirit.

Contact: Michaela Moreau at (360) 292-7104 or mmoreau@saintmichaelparish.org

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults welcomes those considering becoming Roman Catholic and prepares them for the Sacraments and full reception into the Church. Our sponsors are compassionate, good listeners, and love to share their faith with others. A sponsor doesn’t need to be a saint or theologian – just a faithful and participating member of our community who lives out and models the faith. Your own faith will be deepened and enriched by sponsoring another. Those with experience as an RCIA sponsor who want to become team members who instruct and/or dismissal catechists are welcome to apply for an interview.
Contact: Andrew Casad at (360) 292-7127 or acasad@saintmichaelparish.org

Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. People come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, including a one-day or weekend getaway. Most are evening courses, typically two hours, and feature a meal followed by a presentation and discussion. Team members serve in set-up, small group facilitation, food preparation, or prayer support. A sincere commitment to the duration is expected once a team member agrees to serve for a specific course. Team members should have a heart for evangelization and be willing to gently and, without judgment, facilitate discussion among people who may have no faith, misunderstand their faith, or hold views contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Training and support are provided.
Contact: Andrew Casad at (360) 292-7127 or acasad@saintmichaelparish.org

Small Groups form the backbone of our Adult Faith Formation. Support this ministry as a Small Group Facilitator or serve on the Small Groups Core Team.

Contact: Michaela Moreau at (360) 292-7104 or mmoreau@saintmichaelparish.org

Core Team members help the Steward for Small Groups with the planning and preparation of materials and events that support and engage the small group members and facilitators.

Contact: Michaela Moreau at (360) 292-7104 or mmoreau@saintmichaelparish.org