Family Formation

Family Formation is a family-based catechetical program that helps families grow together in the transforming love of God by understanding and living the Catholic Faith. The first Wednesday night of each month, dozens of families from our parish gather at the church for a time of praise worship, followed by grade-specific catechesis.  During this time, a talk is given to parents on that month's theme, and then parents spend time in small group discussion. At the end of the night, families are sent home with packets that contain lessons for the remaining weeks of the month for them to do as a family. The program runs from September to May. Click here for the 2022-23 calendar.

Family Formation is open to all families. Although this year’s program is already underway, visitors are very welcome to join us to see what it’s like. This may be particularly helpful for parents of children currently in First or Sixth Grade, as those children will be commencing sacrament preparation in the Fall of 2023. If you would like to join us at a Family Formation Night, or for more information, contact Gordon Kangas, Director of Youth Discipleship.

Sacrament Preparation

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion occurs during Second Grade. Children preparing for those sacraments attend the monthly Family Formation nights, and are also given a workbook with weekly lessons to complete at home with a parent. 

Homeschool & Catholic School Students: If you are not enrolling in Family Formation, but want your child to receive their first Reconciliation and Communion at SJB, please email Gordon Kangas, Director of Youth Discipleship, with your child’s name, grade, school, and a copy of his/her Baptismal record, which can be obtained through their parish of baptism.

Children will be receiving their first Holy Communion during our regular Masses on May 6-7, 2023.

For information about Confirmation, click here.