Our Mission

The mission of St. Raphael’s Youth Faith Formation Program is, with the assistance of the parents, to help the children know Christ, love Christ, and follow Christ. This means that, regardless of age, the program helps the children…

Know and Understand the “Good News” – Younger children learn about Jesus and how to “love God and one another”. Older children learn about the life of Christ and the tenets of the Catholic faith such as the Sacraments, Commandments, Beatitudes, etc.

• Develop and Deepen Their Faith – Children realize the importance of Jesus in their lives and how they need to rely on him for help.

• Pray – Children learn how to pray and why it is important.

• Serve Others – Children learn the importance of helping others without expecting something in return.

Youth Faith Formation Classes

Grades 1 – 6

Youth Faith Formation is a partnership between the family and the church. Our goal is to raise faith-filled children together. Formal formation begins in Grade 1. Classes are taught onsite. Scroll down for parent resources and important forms.

Mondays: 4:45-6:00pm
Tuesdays: 4:45-6:00 pm Tuesdays: 6:30-7:45pm

Youth Faith Formation Calendar

First Reconciliation & Holy Communion

Grades 1 – 2

Preparation and celebration of First Reconciliation is held in the fall during 2nd grade. Celebration of First Holy Communion is held in the spring during 2nd grade. It is necessary to complete both Grade 1 and Grade 2 to receive Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Older children who did not receive their sacraments in Grade 2 may participate in a special sacramental preparation program.

First Reconciliation: February 8, 2024, 6:00pm
First Communion: April, 27, 2024, 10:00 am and 1:00pm
First Communion Practice:
April 25, 2024, 5:30pm and 6:30pm

Details will be communicated to the families.

Parent Resources

For more information, contact:

Michele Kmety, Director of Children’s Faith Formation
(630) 615-7642 or mkmety@st-raphael.com

Marge Coronado, Faith Formation Administrative Assistant
(630) 615-7614 or mcoronado@st-raphael.com