Religious education for children

Family of Faith

We are inviting all families to participate in A Family of Faith. Family of Faith is a new whole family Catechesis that will meet one to two times a month on Sunday afternoon from noon-2. We will begin each session with a potluck meal, than split into different ages. The program is a four  year cycle based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This year we will focus on the CREED. Our first session is Sunday, September 15th. 

Student only Classes for Grades K-11

@ St. Ann, Wadena: Classes for Grades K-6 are held in the basement of the church every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. and Grades 7-11 meet at 7:00 p.m.

@ St. John, Bluffton: Classes for all grades begin at 6:45 p.m. with prayer in the church.  

Contact Victoria Bulcher if you would like to enroll your child in Religious Education or if you would like more information.


Sacramental Prep: Reconciliation, Eucharist, & Confirmation

Preparation for receiving the sacraments happens during the 2nd Grade for Reconciliation & Eucharist, and the 11th Grade for Confirmation. 

Contact Victoria Bulcher if you would like more information.


Early Catholic Family Life

Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL) IS for our families with children 0-5. We meet the first Sunday of the month October-May from noon-2 along with A Family of Faith. We begin with breakfast in the parish hall for activities that families do together in relation to the faith topic of the day and than we separate for age-appropriate sessions! Contact Victoria Bulcher at for more information. 

Parents are the Primary Teachers of Faith

The Lord has organized the family as the foundational cell of learning for children. Because of this, we see the primary teachers of the faith to children are their parents.  No priest or religion teacher can be as effective in passing on the faith as a parent.  The heavy lifting of faith formation happens at home with the example of parents, through family prayer, personal prayer, and regular attendance at Holy Mass.  We want the best for your children and want to help you help them. Whatever we can do to encourage you as a parent, please ask.