Youth Faith Formation

Bethlehem Faith Formation and Sacrament Prep (Grades K–3)

Bethlehem is a faith-formation program that assists parents in preparing their children to live the Catholic faith. The program includes weekly grade-level children’s classes, parent faith-formation sessions, and family sessions.

The Bethlehem program also prepares children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Classes meet on Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. beginning September 17.
Register for Bethlehem Faith-Formation and Sacrament Prep (Grades K-3). click here to register

Nazareth Elementary Youth Group (Grades K-3)

Nazareth Elementary School is an engaging program where children in grades K-4 have fun, make friends, and share faith in a dynamic environment. Children learn how to live the Catholic faith in the context of their family and within today’s world. Meets Wednesdays from 3:15–4:30 p.m. 

St. Mary Homeschool Faith Formation Program

St. Mary Homeschool Faith-Formation Program supports families who homeschool in faith and academics. The program includes an optional online, grade-level program, My Catholic Faith Delivered. Additional resources can be suggested upon request. Enrollment includes sacrament preparation workshops for children at the appropriate age/grade here to register

For more information about these programs contact Dcn. Rich Hamilton @ 720.283.4729

Mary’s Little Children Open The Word (9:30am Mass)

Mary’s Little Children Open the Word (formerly known as Nazareth Opens the Word) is a program catered specifically for 4 and 5-year-olds. We offer an opportunity for your child to experience the Liturgy of the Word on a level that they can easily understand. This program requires that your child be 4 years old at the time of registration.

During the 9:30am Mass, Father will call children to the front right before the first reading. Once your children join us at the front, we will process to Ave Maria Hall. Children will return to their families during the procession of the gifts so they can participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Throughout the year our lessons will center around gospel messages, themes of the Liturgical seasons, and how Creation shows God’s immense love for us all. We will always read from the Bible and have activities or crafts that encourage your child to interact with the Words of scripture.

For more information contact Kristal Stephenson @

Br. Joseph Paolucci, DCJM

Administrator and Youth Minister

Br. Riley Blanchard, DCJM

Youth Minister

Br. Mark Lederhos, DCJM

 Youth Minister


Dcn Juan Puech, DCJM

Youth Chaplain

 Nazareth (grades) 6-8 and Emmaus Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

A time and opportunity in Middle School and High School to discover great and beautiful practices for a great and beautiful life.

For more information, contact:

Br. Joseph Paolucci, DCJM, Administrator and Youth Minister at 720.283.4748 or

Sally Ivers, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Fr. Juan Puech, DCJM Youth Chaplain

*If your middle school or high school student needs to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact Dcn. Rich Hamilton at 720.283.4729 or This preparation is done in conjunction with our youth programs and the sacramental preparation program.

2022-2023 Grades 6-12 Confirmation

Grades 6-12 Confirmation Program

This program prepares youth in grades 6-12 to receive Confirmation.

As part of Confirmation preparation, 6th-12th graders will be asked to also participate in the St. Mary youth programs (either Nazareth Middle School or Emmaus High School).

In addition, youth will attend a class on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning in October. Dates are: 10/6, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, & 4/6.

Grades 6-12 Homeschool Confirmation Preparation: St. Mary parish supports homeschooling parents who choose to prepare their child for the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of their homeschool curriculum. After registration, you will be contacted to discuss program options and requirements in detail.

For more information please contact  Dcn. Rich Hamilton at 720.283.4729 or