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.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a proclamation of the Word of God adapted for children. It is celebrated at the 9:30 AM Mass downtown. In January, we will begin to celebrate CLOW at the 5 PM Lifeteen Mass. Prayer Leaders and Assistants offer the opportunity for children to share how scripture speaks to them and how they experience Jesus each day. They lead children Kindergarten through 3rd grade in celebration in a separate classroom. Assistants accompany children during transitions and help them to participate. Weekly resources and training are provided. A background check and Safe Environment Training are required.

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

In CGS, children explore their relationship with God through prayer, scripture, liturgy, and the liturgical year in a prepared environment called The Atrium. The Atrium and all the beautiful hands-on materials are based on a Montessori approach to faith formation. Sessions are offered for Level 1 (age 3-6), Level 2 (age 7-9), and Level 3 (age 10-12). Volunteer openings are for catechists, assistants, material makers, and setup crew. Training is provided. Background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Mary Trotter at (360) 292-7117 or mtrotter@saintmichaelparish.org

Faith and Light is a loving community that includes the intellectually disabled, their families, and friends. It is an international, interdenominational organization that began with Jean Vanier and a pilgrimage of parents and children with disabilities to Lourdes in 1971. Faith and Light at St. Michael Parish meets on the 1st Sunday of every month in the Parish Center Multipurpose Room to share friendship, pray together, and celebrate life. Orientation provided. Background check and Safe Environment training required.
Contact: Valarie Ripley at (206) 227-4688 or valarie59@comcast.net or Ann Ashe at (360) 292-7112 or aashe@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

This ministry assists the Steward for Sacramental Preparation in preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The primary role of the catechist is that of guide and spiritual companion for our children. Catechists also facilitate preparation sessions on the first two Sundays of each month during our FAITH sessions. Accommodations for those with special needs may be available. Commitment begins in the Fall and ends with First Eucharist after Easter. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.

Contact: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org
Get a complete job description for Baptism Catechist: Baptism Team Ministry Opportunity Form

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

This is a great ministry that journeys with our high school youth and prepares them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have the opportunity to facilitate small groups; attend, support, and plan a Confirmation retreat; and assist with service projects. The ministry requires a one year commitment, 5-10 hours per month. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Marriann Tefft at mtefft@saintmichaelparish.org

Core Team is a relational ministry opportunity for adults over 20 years old who are passionate about their faith and feel called to lead high school teens closer to Christ. Responsibilities include participation in LifeTeen Mass and Life Nights on Sundays, weekly planning meetings, two retreats, various outside activities, and interaction with teens on their “turf”. Members are blessed with the opportunities to be part of an amazing faith community, grow in relationship with God, and deepen their understanding of the faith. It requires a one year commitment, 6 or more hours per week.  Life Support members assist in prayer, facilities preparation, hospitality, liturgy, service projects, special events, transportation, and core support. Life support requires a one year commitment, 2-3 hours per week. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment
training are required.
Contact: Brandon Jones at (360) 292-7108 or bjones@saintmichaelparish.org

EDGE Core Team members take a front-line role as catechists, giving witness talks, leading small groups, participating in skits, and working to bring Middle School youth to Christ. Core Team might be for you if you’re over 18 (out of high school) and have a desire to share your faith with others. The program follows the EDGE format: Built on scripture, prayer, service, and fellowship. Commitment is for most Wednesday evenings, 6:30–8:30pm, late September to early June. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.

Contact: Jackie Shirley (360) 292 – 7137 or jshirley@saintmichaelparish.org

Specific to the Vietnamese community, TNTT aims to teach youth age 7-17 to be virtuous people and good Christians. The objectives are to promote prayers for the Holy Father, devotion to the Eucharist, to honor Mary as a model for discipleship, and to support the missionary efforts of the Church through prayer, sacraments, service and sacrifice. Parents and other adults assist Youth Leaders as assistants and supporters to set up facilities, prepare snacks, sing songs, provide transportation for special events, and general chaperoning. Open to adults ages 25 and up. Youth leaders learn, share, teach, and guide other youth on living a “Eucharistic Day”, playing games, camping, skits, assisting in retreats, and prayer. Commitment is 3-4 hours per week. Training is provided for both adult and youth volunteers, and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Sr. Thu Ha at (253) 973-8758 or sisterdo@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: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@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: Ann Ashe at (360) 292-7112 or aashe@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. Facilitating a small group is a great leadership opportunity that draws others into deeper relationships with Christ and His Church. Many groups continue year-round. Facilitators should be committed to the meeting time of their group, be willing to open their homes to participants and to lead them in prayer and reflection. Structured programs with video presentations and Lectio Divina (traditional Benedictine scriptural reading), start 2-3 times per year, and groups are encouraged to continue to meet on their own once the structured programs end. Training and materials provided.
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

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