Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statues, that I may exactly observe them. Give me discernment, that I may observe your law and keep it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:33-34e
Faith Formation for Children and Youth
Religious education for youth is available for children (Grades K-5) and teens (Grades 6-12) of registered parishioners of both Saint Columban Parish and Saint Peter Mission. Faith formation classes for youth begin in September and run until May. Parents and legal guardians may register their children by calling the Faith Formation office at St. Columban during office hours.
Registration for the 2018-19 religious education school year takes place in the Religious Education Office during office hours M-F 9am-2pm. Registration forms were mailed to all families whose children attended classes in 2017-18. Please turn in your registration form to the office. A fillable Registration Form is now available here and may be emailed to email@example.com. Incomplete forms will be returned.
This change in procedure will help us collect and maintain the most current information available for each family. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we update our Parish Data System and streamline our communications to parents.
***All Sacrament classes begin *** the first week of classes.
First Reconciliation & Eucharist
Preparation for all sacraments first begins within the family unit as participants in the Sunday Eucharist and the life of the parish.
Of great importance is regular attendance at Mass. Our experience has been that children who do not attend Mass, regularly, are never really ready to enter our first Communion class and struggle to grasp what is taught. Please, take your children to Mass. Proximate catechesis for first Communion begins in the first grade or the year prior to the celebration of first Communion. Immediate preparation for first Communion normally takes place in the second grade. Children enrolled in the second grade who were baptized Catholic, and who have had one year of instruction in a religious education program, will prepare for their first Reconciliation and first Communion. Older children who need to prepare for these sacraments must register to do so. Please remember to inform the registrar at the time of registration and indicate on registration form.
School-age children to prepare for Baptism must be enrolled in the religious education program to receive instruction. Please let us know or indicate on the registration form if you have a school age child who is seeking to be baptized.
Sacrament of Confirmation
The Confirmation program at St. Columban is a two-year program. Next year’s 10th & 11th graders who completed the YEAR 1 Confirmation Preparation class in 2017-18 may enroll in the YEAR II Confirmation Preparation class for 2018-19. It is our intention to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation sometime during the first half of 2019. A date will be announced next fall.
All Teens who are interested in seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation should be enrolled in classes during their Junior & Senior High years. These are important ‘formative’ years that build upon the basics learned during the Primary and Intermediate years.
Please call Katie or Chad in the parish office if you have questions. 360-458-3031.
Christ Our Life
Protecting God’s Children Education (K-12)
Formation Opportunities for Adults
Throughout the year, St. Columban provides several ways for youth and adults alike to learn about the love, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, and justice of Jesus and to prepare for and receive the sacraments. Periodically, we also feature classes concerning personal and community issues.
Special experiences we have hosted in the past:
- Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University”
- Estates and wills instruction
- Dr. Tom Curran marriage presentation
- Personal stories of stewardship during mass
If you have an idea for future topics, please contact the Office.