Youth Faith Formation

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.

Please register here.

For more information contact Kristal Stephenson @

Confirmation Preparation for Grades 6-12

This Confirmation program is for students in grades 6-12 who desire to receive Confirmation.

As part of Confirmation preparation, 6-12th graders will be asked to participate in the St. Mary youth program (either middle school or high school).

Additionally, youth and parents will be asked to attend a once-a-month supplemental class on a Sunday from 11:00am -12:30pm. Dates are: 10/17, 11/21, 12/19, 1/23, 2/20, 3/13, & 4/10

 6th-12th 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

Register for 6-12 Grade Confirmation here.

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 18.
Register for Bethlehem Faith-Formation and Sacrament Prep (Grades K-3) Form here. 

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. Register here!

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 levels.

Register here!

For more information contact Dcn. Rich Hamilton @ 720.283.4729

Fr. James de Cendra

 Nazareth Middle School Youth (Grades 4-8)

This youth program for middle-schoolers guides members towards a lasting friendship with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through living a daily, personal rule of life.

Meets Wednesdays from  6:00–7:30 p.m. Register here.

For more information, contact Ana Bohmann at 720-283-4748 or

Fr. Luis Granados

Emmaus High School Youth (Grades 9-12)

High School youth are challenged to love Christ and live the Gospel through small-group discipleship ministry and large-group meetings.

We will have a variety of events for families and students to get involved in including flexible small group meetings, large group events, social events, and much more! Register here!

For more information, contact Ana Bohmann at 720.283.4748 or

*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.