Middle/High School Faith Formation

Faith Formation 2024-2025

Wednesday Night Small Groups:  We'll be offering in person small group faith formation on Wednesday nights or the homeschool with parents option on a case by case basis.  In person small groups will meet from 7-8:30 pm and will have large group sessions once a month.  Parents and homeschoolers are always welcome at Large Group.  If you want a  homeschool option to grow in faith as a family, we'll prepare the materials for you and support you through calls and email as needed.  

Program Materials 

Sponsor Sessions


Elizabeth Trksak is the Pastoral Associate for Middle/High School Faith Formation at St. Rita's. You can contact her at etrksak@saintritas.org, or at 651-459-4596, ext.  1121.

Faith Formation Classes : Youth in grades 6-10 join together in a small groups, where they participate in discussion and learning experiences to help build understanding and desire to grow in their own faith.  Sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30. Each month there will be a Large Group session in the worship space, focused on a topic that helps to connect our Catholic Faith with everyday life.  Grades 6-7 use a video curriculum to explore our Catholic identity as well as walk thru the Bible in an engaging way.  Grades 8-10 build community in their small groups while connecting our Catholic faith to everyday life and choices.  Parents are always encouraged to join us for Large Group nights.

Confirmation:  Young people who wish to be confirmed in the Catholic faith are welcome to enroll in the Confirmation program here at Saint Rita’s once they have reached 10th grade. Confirmation program is a separate program from Faith Formation, though attendance in a Faith Formation program is required for Confirmation candidates.

 First ReconciliationIf your teen has not yet made his/her First Reconciliation by 6th grade, there are special sessions for older students available during the year.  Contact Elizabeth at the parish office for details. 

Attendance at each Faith Formation session is vital. If your teen is unable to attend classes due to emergency or illness, please contact their leader before class is to begin.  School activities and/or other practices are not acceptable excuses for missing class or arriving late/leaving early.  If your child misses more than two sessions during the year, home-school lessons will be sent to the parent with homework to be returned the following week.   If there are concerns, please contact Elizabeth at 651-459-4596 ext. 121 or  etrksak@saintritas.org.

Arrive on Time :  Please arrive several minutes before class.  This allows the leader to begin and end on time.  If you're child will regularly need to be dropped off late/picked up early, please choose the homeschool option.  This is very distracting for small groups. 

Large Group Sessions:  One Wednesday each month, youth will gather at St. Rita's for large group. This is an evening of music, prayer and faith experience led by the CORE Peer Ministry Team, Elizabeth and Fr. Ron.

Mass Attendance  :  As part of being a Catholic, it is our joy and responsibility to attend Mass regularly on Sundays and all Holy Days of Obligation.  Please, as a family, help to instill this value as part of your child's faith.