Children's Faith Formation

Click HERE to register online for
Faith Formation Classes 2017-2018


Mar. 18:  Classes (PreK4 - 8) in Aquinas Center classrooms, 9:45am

Mar. 25:  No session due to Easter Break (resumes Apr. 15) 

Apr. 1:  No session due to Easter Break  

Apr. 8:  No session due to Easter Break 
    Divine Mercy Celebration, 3pm, followed by reception 

Apr. 15:  Classes (PreK4 - 8) in Aquinas Center classrooms, 9:45am 

Full Schedule:  Sunday Morning Faith Formation 2017-18: 

Date Liturgical Calendar Activity 
8/27/17 21st Ordinary Catechist Workshop
9/3/17 22nd Ordinary No Class - Labor Day Holiday Weekend
9/10/17 23rd Ordinary No Class 
 - Sac Prep Parent Meeting: 9:45am, Fireside Room
 - Confirmation Parent Meeting: 12:15, Fireside Room 
9/17/17 24th Ordinary Class & General Parent Orientation Meeting 
9/24/17 25th Ordinary Class
10/1/17 26th Ordinary Class
10/8/17 27th Ordinary Class & Safe Environment Program Lesson
10/15/17 28th Ordinary Class
10/22/17 29th Ordinary Class
10/29/17 30th Ordinary Class  
11/5/17 31th Ordinay Class 
11/12/17 32nd Ordinary Class
11/19/17 33rd Ordinary Class
11/26/17 Christ the King No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
12/3/17 1st Advent Class     
12/10/17 2nd Advent Class
12/17/17 3rd Advent No Class - Advent Break
12/24/17 4th Advent No Class - Christmas Break
12/31/17 Holy Family No Class - Christmas Break
1/7/18 Epiphany No Class- Christmas Break
1/14/18 2nd Ordinary No Class - MLK, Jr Holiday Weekend
1/21/18 3rd Ordinary Class
1/28/18 4th Ordinary Class    
2/4/18 5th Ordinary Class (but no High School session at 6pm) 
2/11/18 6th Ordinary Class
2/18/18 1st Lent No Class - Presidents' Day Holiday Weekend
2/25/18 2nd Lent Class 
3/4/18 3rd Lent Class
3/11/18 4th Lent Class
3/18/18 5th Lent Class
3/25/18 Passion No Class - Palm Sunday 
4/1/18 Easter No Class- Easter Sunday & CSD Spring Break
4/8/18 2nd Easter No Class- CSD Spring Break
4/15/18 3rd Easter Class
4/22/18 4th Easter Class
4/29/18 5th Easter Class
5/6/18 6th Easter Final Class   
5/13/18 7th Easter No Class - Mother's Day 
5/20/18 Pentecost No Class - Pentecost
5/27/18 Ss. Trinity No Class - Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
6/3/18 Corpus Christi Annual Corpus Christi Procession and Picnic


Children’s Faith Formation

Where: Elementary Faith Formation takes place in the Aquinas Center classrooms across the parking lot from the Church.

What: The program at St. Thomas Aquinas offers opportunities for children to learn about our Catholic Faith by way of different classroom modalities.

  • 1st-6th grade children can be a part of the traditional, classroom model offered on Sunday mornings (9:45am-10:45am). They will learn about the Faith from their team of catechists by exploring the Alive in Christ series, published by Our Sunday Visitor.
  • Sacramental Preparation for First Communion and First Reconciliation prepares children to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to experience his love, mercy, and presence through the Sacraments. 
     - First Penance:  ~4 mid-week sessions beginning mid-October (in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes)
     - First Communion:  ~6 mid-week sessions beginning early March (in addition to grade-specific Sunday classes) 
     - Confirmation: Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am (anticipate Confirmation Mass in April 2018)


Annual Safe Environment Training for students in grades K-12: 

Please read the linked announcement concerning the archdiocesan requirement to offer annual Safe Environment Training to all parish faith formation students in grades K-12.  As you may have seen in our recent parish bulletins, this lesson will be offered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish during the regularly scheduled faith formation period on Sunday, October 8, 2017. 

Additional background concerning this curriculum may be found in the linked "Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide" provided by the Archdiocese of Seattle.  The focus of this brief sexual abuse prevention lesson is on helping children to identify appropriate personal boundaries and the adults they know they can turn to if someone tries to harm them.  

Parents and guardians have the right to opt out of this lesson on behalf of their child(ren) by completing the linked "Opt Out" form and returning it to the parish office or your child's catechist by Sunday, Oct. 8.

This information was also emailed to the parents of all families registered in our faith formation classes.  Please let me know if you have any questions after reviewing the linked documents:  Ted Meany (; 360-834-2126, ext. 215).  




February 2018

Feb 2 - First Friday; Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feb 4 - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Feb 11 - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday; 
Masses at 8:30am and 7:00pm

Feb 16 - 1st Friday of Lent: Stations at 6pm followed by Soup Supper

Feb 18 - 1st Sunday of Lent

Feb 23 - Lenten Friday: Stations at 6pm followed by Soup Supper

Feb 25 - 2nd Sunday of Lent