PreK - 5th Grade Faith Formation

Helping our youth connect with other students and learn more about who they are made to be in Christ.

Sacramental Preparation

First Penance/Reconciliation & First Communion

The Diocese of Grand Rapids celebrates First Communion and First Reconciliation during 2nd grade. First Reconciliation takes place in late January early February. First Holy Communion is the first Sunday in May. 

Registration for these sacraments is in the fall of your child’s 2nd grade year. If you have questions or want to ensure you are on our list for registration please contact Brittany Renne in the Faith Formation office. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Helping children to “fall in love with God” is the basis of this hands-on Montessori style approach to guiding children in their relationship with God. In a room called the Atrium, children are able to work with materials that help internalize and ponder the great mysteries of our faith.  CGS is based on the sound teachings of the Church’s tradition.  Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy, and the Magisterium are all used to reveal the Good News to children. This program is open to all children 3 yrs. (potty trained) through 9 yrs. old. 

Currently Saint Stephen offers:

Level I which is for 3-6yr olds. 

Level II which is for 6-9yr olds.  

Level III to be offered in the future. 

The program runs from October to April and is offered Wednesdays from 9am-10:30am or 3:45 to 5:15 pm. This is required for Children preparing for the sacrament of First Holy Communion. This class will have limited space and tends to fill up fast so please register early.

For more information, please contact Brittany.

Faith Formation Program

St. Stephen Parish uses a family ministry model. Family ministry is a catechesis for the whole familyWe will have class monthly from 9:30 am-10:25 am, with the whole family attending

Contact The Office Of Faith Formation

Brittany Renne