Christian Formation Ministry
Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations
Richmond Diocese Acknowledgement Form
Minister of Christian Formation: Lise Mikkelson
St. Ann’s Ministry of Christian Formation is committed to sharing our Catholic Faith with others, proclaiming the Word of God, and celebrating the good news of salvation. Since our Faith is most powerfully expressed in our celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy, the center of all catechetical efforts, we strive to express our beliefs in programs and activities, for all age groups, as opportunities to experience a deeper, more loving personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Christian Formation Committee
Committee members assist the Pastor and the Minister of Christian Formation to plan, review, monitor and assist at the various age-level formation programs offered in the parish.
Chairperson for Christian Formation: Stephen Salvato
Christian Formation for Children and Youth
Coordinator for Children (K to 8): Sarah Uy
Coordinator for High School (9 to 12): Lise Mikkelson
Catechists teach regular weekly religious education classes for kindergarten through 12th grade from September through May. Two Catechists are required in each classroom session. In addition to training and enrichment in content and teaching techniques, on-going support, guidance and materials are provided. The Diocese requires VIRTUS training and a Child Protective Service back-ground check for this ministry.
Contact: Sarah Uy or Lise Mikkelson
Substitute Catechists are also needed to take the place of the regular Catechist if that teacher is unable to attend a class.
(Additional Required Safety and Support Positions)
All CF Parents are expected to volunteer to assure a safe environment for our children. VIRTUS certification is required.
Hospitality and Special Events Team provides a simple reception after the celebration of Sacraments or other special events.
Hall/Classroom Monitor checks in on classrooms during sessions, especially if only one adult Catechist is present.
Door Monitors watch all exit doors to make sure no children leave without an adult, or that no unauthorized persons enter.
Bathroom Monitors provide safety by watching the visits of children and adults to the bathrooms during class sessions.
Contact: Sarah Uy
Confirmation Retreat Team
A team facilitates a one-day Confirmation Retreat for our Confirmation candidates. The team meets several times during the year to prepare for this event. Volunteers are needed to serve as facilitators leading small groups (6 to 10 people) in faith-sharing, scripture study, reflection and discussion on a variety of pertinent topics. Resources, materials, support and training are provided. Background check and VIRTUS training are required.
Contact: Lise Mikkelson
This Family Intergenerational Religious Education program involves the entire family in exploring our Faith. Led by parents, groups of three to five families meet in homes twice a month for about three hours. Parents and children in sacramental preparation grades also attend all the preparation classes, retreats and meetings held at the parish prior to the celebration of the sacraments.
Contact: Lise Mikkelson
Continuing Adult Formation
A wide variety of opportunities are offered for adults to enrich their spiritual lives by sharing their Christian Faith in a caring community setting. New groups begin periodically, focusing on Scripture Study, Book Club discussions, Women’s Groups, Social Justice issues, etc. All are invited to start or join a group.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Parishioners are needed in this faith-sharing process to assist those who wish to explore the possibility of joining the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A., a community-building journey of faith, focuses on Scripture and the Liturgy, and examines the key elements of our beliefs, history and practices. The process assists participants to discern their readiness to join the Catholic Church by celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation.
Vacation Bible School
A coordinator, planners and facilitators are needed for this one-week, dynamic and fun summertime experience for kindergarteners through 5th graders. The time commitment involves several planning meetings, plus the actual week of the VBS. Child Protective Service Check and VIRTUS certification are required.
Contact: Sarah Uy
St. Ann’s seeks to provide our middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12 ) youth with a comprehensive experience of a Catholic social community by offering programs that enable them to grow with one another in faith and friendship. We strive to promote activities that develop their relationship with Christ and inspire them to reach out in service to others in the wider community. Parents of these young people are needed to provide assistance and support for the activities and programs being offered.
Coordinator: Lise Mikkelson