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Children’s Faith Formation

The Children’s Faith Formation Ministry at St. Anthony Church is designed to aid parents as the primary religious educators of their children and their youth and to facilitate the student’s discovery, recognition, and experience of God’s activity in their lives.

To enroll family members for Sunday Faith Formation classes and/or Sacramental Preparation, use one of the links below:

2017-18 On-Line Enrollment Link:   Enrollment in English/Español.

2017-18 Printable Paper Form:  Paper Form in English/Español

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at for more information.


Ministry Inquiry

Are you interested and learning more about serving children and youth within Faith Formation Ministries here at St. Anthony?  See Called to Protect requirements for ministry with children —->

Click here for the ministry application

Copy, complete and return to the parish office.  

Contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or for questions about ministry with children here at St. Anthony. 

Go make a difference in the lives of our parish children!

Sunday Faith Formation Classes

The enrollment fee for Sunday school is $95 for one child, $145 for two and $185 for three or more.    Scholarships and payment plans are available for families with limited resources.

2017-18 On-line Enrollment Form: Enrollment in English  y en Espanol 

2017-18 Paper Form in English y en Espanol: Paper Form

Enroll for Vietnamese Language/Faith Formation by contacting Kevin Pham at

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at for more information.

Preschool through Kindergarten

Our Sunday preschool classes for children ages 3, 4 and kindergarten are held during the 8:30 a.m. Mass from September 24, 2017 through May 20, 2018.  (Students must be three years of age or older by September 1, 2017 and be toilet trained)

Catechists (teachers) use “Stories of God’s Love” curriculum from RCLBenziger which helps young children take their first steps on their journey of faith through scripture stories. In addition to Bible stories, all programs will include, crafts, snacks and music.

First through Fifth Grade (1st-5th)

Class Times (in our parish school classrooms)

9:45-10:45 AM (Faith Formation Classes in English)

12:15-1:15 PM  (Faith Formation/Language Classes in Vietnamese)

We begin on Sunday, September 17, 2017 with Prayer and an Open House.

Click here for a calendar for the 2017-18 faith formation year.  Coming Soon!

St. Anthony Catholic Community continues the mission of Jesus through the religious education of children and youth. With the Holy Spirit, we are all Disciples of Christ participating in the same lifelong journey to the creator. Assisting parents in their primary role as faith educators, we create an environment in which all ages can grow in understanding and love of God through prayer, service and liturgy.

General Information regarding the Elementary Program

Our parish students will use “Finding God” curriculum from Loyola Press. This series is designed to invite children and the adults who care for them to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Inspired by the life and work of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Finding God encourages all to realize the presence of God in their experiences of God’s creation and in their lives as people for others.

Each Faith Formation student will be given a book to use throughout the year. Our Catechists (teachers) are dedicated volunteers who will give your children faithful presentation of the Church’s teaching. We will help stimulate your child’s religious imagination so they can learn to think more critically and become better prepared to proclaim and live their faith at home, at school and at play. It is our hope that children who come and participate on Sunday Mornings will find a community of caring believers here at St. Anthony, who will help them supplement the teachings they receive from their parents – the primary educators of the Faith.

 The mass schedule allows families plenty of time to attend Mass before or after classes. All children and their families, and most especially second graders and older who are preparing to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion should spend time at Mass in order to embrace our faith fully. Once a student has received his or her First Communion, participation at Mass should become a weekly priority.

Please contact Cindy Marchese at 503-639-4179 x121 or via email at for more information.

Children’s Sacramental Preparation

A Four Component Program for 1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist

  • Foundational Faith Formation

    (Sunday Faith Formation Classes or Weekday Catholic School)

  • Family Mass Attendance weekly

  • Parent and child completion of Reconciliation and Eucharist text books at home

  • Two Parish Retreats


  • If your child attends a Catholic elementary school their foundational faith formation will be taken care of at school.
  • If your child does not attend a Catholic elementary school parents will need to register children for foundational faith formation classes which begin in the fall.

2017-18 On-line Enrollment Form: Enrollment in English  y en Espanol 

2017-18 Paper Form in English y en Espanol: Paper Form

Enroll for Vietnamese Language/Faith Formation by contacting Kevin Pham at

2nd-3rd Grade

If your child will be entering the 2nd or 3rd grade this fall and would like to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, here is what to do…

 Access information about Reconciliation      

Access information about Eucharist

Parents of all 2nd & 3rd grade children are asked to attend an important parent meeting on Sunday, October 8th at 9:45 AM in the Main School for detailed information and to pick up the Reconciliation materials that the family will complete together at home.

4th-8th Grade

Preparation begins in year 2

If your child will be entering 4th-8th grade in the fall, has not participated in a year of foundational faith formation, does not attend a Catholic Elementary school, and would like to prepare for the sacraments, parents will need to register them for their foundational faith formation classes for the next 2 years. Preparing for the sacraments will begin in the 2nd year of foundational faith formation. Questions, please contact Cindy at the parish office, or 503-639-4179 x121.

 Access information about Reconciliation      

Access information about Eucharist

Parents with children in the 5th-8th grade who are starting their second year of faith formation should plan to attend a meeting on November 5, 2017, 9:45-10:45 AM in the parish school for information about preparing and receiving the sacraments this year.

Middle School Classes (6-8 Grade) see Young Adult/Youth Ministry page.

Called to Protect® Training for those who Minister to Children and Youth

Called to Protect Training Calendar Dates for 2017-2018 year.

All employees and volunteers who work with children are required to complete the following steps prior to service:

  1. Complete a ministry application form including 3 references.
  2. Current Background Check (completed every 3 years through Praesidium)
  3. Attend the Called to Protect® safety training class (90 minutes held on the St. Anthony campus.)
  4. Read and agree to a written Standards of Conduct
  5. After the 1st year of service volunteers are required to complete an on-line Called to Protect® update course using the Armatus website.

Click here for the ministry application

Click here for the link to the background check request form

Click here to access the Armatus website and access to updates

(username & password required)

Building Boundaries Curriculum

Children in the Archdiocese of Portland participate in a safety training program entitled Building Boundaries. This curriculum is age appropriate and is presented each year to children and youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Coming Soon: Building Boundaries curriculum.


The St. Anthony Parish Nursery offers childcare for children ages six months and up. It is open on Sunday during the 8:30 AM Mass, the 9:45 AM Religious Education hour and the 11:00 AM Mass. It can also be scheduled as needed for ministry needs, such as Vacation Bible School or Adult Faith Formation.

As the first teachers of our parish children, we strive to teach them the importance of being Christian through prayer at snack time, by reading Christian books, and through our actions and words. We offer a stable, nurturing staff to provide a safe and Christian environment for the children of our parish while their parents enjoy opportunities to grow in their faith.

The nursery has both trained staff and parish volunteers. Parents are asked to take turns helping in the nursery on a rotating basis.  Adult volunteers must fill out a background check form and attend the Called to Protect® training. See the Called to Protect Training for further details. Teens are welcome to volunteer as well.

To register for the Sunday morning nursery or to volunteer in the nursery, contact Cindy Marchese at (503)639-4179 x 121

or via email,


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special time for 1st-4th grade children to hear and discuss the readings in a child friendly environment during the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass. A leader, along with another adult, takes the children from the sanctuary to the Upper Room in the parish office prior to the first reading. Children return to the sanctuary as the offertory song begins. The goal is to help young children experience the liturgy of the word at a level they can understand and connect with. Leaders are people from the community who choose this ministry because they enjoy working with children and sharing their faith. Training and a clear easy-to-follow curriculum is provided.

Curriculum for Children’s Liturgy of the Word