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

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 16, 2023
First Communion: April 29, 2023
First Communion Practice: April 27, 2023

Details will be communicated to the families.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Age 4 – Grade 2

On Sundays during the 8:00 am Mass, children have the opportunity to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Children are lead out of church before the First Reading and return Preparation of the Gifts. During that time, kids hear the readings on their level, listen to a homily, pray the Prayers of the Faithful, and the Creed. There is no registration necessary. Listen for Father to ask the children who would like to participate to come forward during the 8:00 am mass

Totus Tuus Summer Camp

Rising 1st – 6th Graders

The Totus Tuus Grade School Program is designed for children entering 1st through 6th grades. The program is held at St. Raphael for one week and is run by Diocesan-trained college-age catechists. Children learn about their faith, participate in daily Mass and take part in a number of fun activities throughout each day.

The camp is held onsite for one week in July in 2023.

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