Faith Formation Ministries

The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel.” (USCCB)

Faith FormationCatechesis involves handing on the Word of God and informing the faith of the community. Different programs address the needs of different groups and different ages. We have a host of Faith Formation ministries that work to instruct and form our faith community. To be a catechist at any level is to bless others with the gifts of a well formed faith.

Faith Formation Ministries

F.A.I.T.H. Catechetical Team
If you love the Lord, love Holy Scripture, and are enthusiastic about sharing the faith with children, this ministry is for you! Meet as a catechetical team for prayer, study and planning once a month. Then work with children as a member of a two-person teaching team for children age 3-11. All training and materials provided, including two special workshops to help catechists feed their soul and nurture knowledge of the faith. F.A.I.T.H. catechists are also eligible for scholarships for advanced training through the Seattle Archdiocese. Ministry is open to confirmed adults and teens. A background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Leanne Bergford at (360) 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org
Get a complete job description: 
Catechist Ministry Opportunity Form

F.A.I.T.H. Advisory Team
Pass on a living legacy of faith. Parents, grandparents, and Godparents are invited to share their wisdom about nurturing faith in families. We offer support, mentoring, and resources to parents so they can nurture strong, loving relationships with Jesus and the Church within their families that will last a lifetime. The core gathers about 6 times throughout the year to share, study, vision, and set the course for family formation at the Parish.
Contact: Leanne Bergford at (360) 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org

F.A.I.T.H. Support Team
Our whole F.A.I.T.H. community is supported by a crew of energetic, dedicated adults, teens, and families. Team members provide hospitality, help in the kitchen, and assist with setup/tear down for F.A.I.T.H. gatherings.
Contact: Leanne Bergford at (360) 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org

Liturgy of the Word with Children

A proclamation of the Word of God adapted for children, it is celebrated at the 9:30am and 5:00pm Masses downtown and the 8:30 & 10:30am Masses at the Westside Chapel. Presiders offer the opportunity for children to share how scripture speaks to them and how they experience Jesus each day. Presiders lead children (age 5-10) in celebration in a separate classroom. Assistants accompany children during transitions and help them to participate. Weekly resources and training are provided. A background check and Safe Environment Training are required.
Contact: Anne Kunkle at (360) 292-7114 or akunkle@saintmichaelparish.org

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
In CGS, children explore their relationship with God through prayer, scripture, liturgy, and the liturgical year in a prepared environment called The Atrium. The Atrium and all the beautiful hands-on materials are based on a Montessori approach to faith formation. Sessions are offered for Level 1 (age 3-6), Level 2 (age 7-9), and Level 3 (age 10-12). Volunteer openings are for catechists, assistants, material makers, and setup crew. Training is provided. Background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Mary Trotter at (360) 292-7145 or mdtrotter@comcast.net

Faith & Light Ministry Leaders
Faith and Light is a loving community that includes the intellectually disabled, their families, and friends. It is an international, interdenominational organization that began with Jean Vanier and a pilgrimage of parents and children with disabilities to Lourdes in 1971. Faith and Light at St. Michael Parish meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month to share friendship, pray together, and celebrate life. Orientation provided. Background check and Safe Environment training required.
Contact: Leanne Bergford at (360) 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org

Special Needs Catechetical Team

People with special needs have gifts to share with the larger Church community. Be part of that joyful team that accompanies children and adults with special needs as they grow in their faith and sense of giftedness as a valuable member of God’s family. Experience gained either at home or in a professional environment is a valuable asset, but not necessary. Background check and Safe Environment training required.
Contact: Leanne Bergford at (360) 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org

Sunday School

Catechists and assistants share their faith with pre-school children during the 9:30 AM Mass from October through June. With support from Parish staff, catechists may choose to help with prayer and welcoming, art, playtime and story time, or singing. Each week is a new theme based on the Liturgical Year, a Saint, and Bible stories. Teens at least 16 years old and adults are welcome to serve. Orientation is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Anne Kunkle at (360) 292-7114 or akunkle@saintmichaelparish.org

Sacramental Preparation Catechist
This ministry assists the Steward for Sacramental Preparation in preparing children and their parents for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The primary role of the catechist is that of guide and spiritual companion to a small group of families involved in preparation. Catechists also facilitate preparation sessions in their homes. Accommodations for those with special needs may be available. Commitment begins in the Fall and ends with First Eucharist after Easter. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org
Get a complete job description for Baptism Catechist: Baptism Team Ministry Opportunity Form

Vacation Bible School
Each year, a themed VBS is held for children age 4 through those entering 6th grade the following fall. VBS is normally held at the end of June. Advance preparation includes registration, planning, decorating, and craft preparation. Volunteers during the week of VBS are involved as small group guides or activity leaders from 9:00 AM to noon for 1-5 days during the week. Individuals who love children and who are gifted in prayer, music, cooking, crafts, and recreation are encouraged to serve. Youth who have completed 6th grade through adults are invited to help. Orientation is provided. Background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Anne Kunkle at (360) 292-7114 or akunkle@saintmichaelparish.org

Confirmation Team
This is a great ministry that journeys with our high school youth and prepares them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have the opportunity to facilitate small groups; attend, support, and plan a Confirmation retreat; and assist with service projects. The ministry requires a one year commitment, 5-10 hours per month. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Jessi & Jamie Oakland at (360) 352-3321 or jessib1145@gmail.com

Disciples of L.I.G.H.T.
Jesus calls us to be “light of the world”, to shine the light of God’s love and truth into the world by living a life rooted in His love. The Disciples of L.I.G.H.T. (Living in God’s Holy Truth) is a youth leadership opportunity within the LifeTeen program and is open to youth in grades 10-12. The team helps plan Life and Edge nights and coordinates events for their peers. Members learn valuable life skills and deepen their relationship with Christ.
Contact: Chris Peterson at (360) 292-7106 or cpeterson@saintmichaelparish.org

LifeTeen Core Team & Life Support (High School ministry)
Core Team is a relational ministry opportunity for adults over 20 years old who are passionate about their faith and feel called to lead high school teens closer to Christ. Responsibilities include participation in LifeTeen Mass and Life Nights on Sundays, weekly planning meetings, two retreats, various outside activities, and interaction with teens on their “turf”. Members are blessed with the opportunities to be part of an amazing faith community, grow in relationship with God, and deepen their understanding of the faith. It requires a one year commitment, 6 or more hours per week.  Life Support members assist in prayer, facilities preparation, hospitality, liturgy, service projects, special events, transportation, and core support. Life support requires a one year commitment, 2-3 hours per week. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment
training are required.
Contact: Chris Peterson at (360) 292-7106 or cpeterson@saintmichaelparish.org

The EDGE (Middle School ministry)
EDGE Core Team members take a front-line role as catechists, giving witness talks, leading small groups, participating in skits, and working to bring Middle School youth to Christ. Core Team might be for you if you’re over 18 (out of high school) and have a desire to share your faith with others. The program follows the EDGE format: Built on scripture, prayer, service, and fellowship. Commitment is for most Sundays after LifeTeen Mass, late September to early June, until 8:30-9 pm. Training is provided and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Rachel Yabut at (360) 292-7137 or ryabut@saintmichaelparish.org

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement (TNTT)
Specific to the Vietnamese community, TNTT aims to teach youth age 7-17 to be virtuous people and good Christians. The objectives are to promote prayers for the Holy Father, devotion to the Eucharist, to honor Mary as a model for discipleship, and to support the missionary efforts of the Church through prayer, sacraments, service and sacrifice. Parents and other adults assist Youth Leaders as assistants and supporters to set up facilities, prepare snacks, sing songs, provide transportation for special events, and general chaperoning. Open to adults ages 25 and up. Youth leaders learn, share, teach, and guide other youth on living a “Eucharistic Day”, playing games, camping, skits, assisting in retreats, and prayer. Commitment is 3-4 hours per week. Training is provided for both adult and youth volunteers, and a background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Contact: Nhu Vu at (360) 528-7540 or nhuvu0719@gmail.com

Baptism Facilitator
Assists in welcoming parents and expanding their understanding of the baptismal commitment. A facilitator’s commitment is to assist one class annually (six hours) scheduled at various times during the year. Primarily involves greeting families and guiding them in the Sacrament of Baptism during a Sunday Mass on dates mutually agreed upon. Training provided.
Contact: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org

Scripture Study Facilitator
Scripture study includes daily personal Bible reading and study, small group faith sharing, video and lecture presentations, and prayer. Objectives include a deeper personal relationship with God, richer appreciation of the Catholic faith tradition, and a fuller experience of Christian community. Facilitators guide the discussion, establish an open and accepting climate, lead group prayer, and support and encourage participants. Training is provided. Volunteers should be faithful to the time commitment, be willing to lead prayer and discussion, and have a welcoming spirit.
Contact: Elizabeth Lyons at (360) 292-7119 or elyons@saintmichaelparish.org

RCIA Sponsor or Team Member
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults welcomes those considering becoming Roman Catholic and prepares them for the Sacraments and full reception into the Church. Our sponsors are compassionate, good listeners, and love to share their faith with others. A sponsor doesn’t need to be a saint or theologian – just a faithful and participating member of our community who lives out and models the faith. Your own faith will be deepened and enriched by sponsoring another. Those with experience as an RCIA sponsor who want to become team members who instruct and/or dismissal catechists are welcome to apply for an interview.
Contact: Debs Pokos-Dugan at (360) 292-7117 or ddugan@saintmichaelparish.org

Ministerio Hispano
El Ministerio Hispano se centra en el desarrollo de la Formación de la Fe en español para los miembros de la parroquia y los fieles de la comunidad católica. Trabajamos en coordinación con los directores de la parroquia para proporcionar preparación sacramental de Bautismo, Primera Comunión y Confirmación para adultos y niños y clases de catequesis para adultos. También ofrecemos clases de Quinceañeras(os) para familias deseando la bendición de su hija o hijo. Estos están programados durante todo el año en coordinación con otros programas y actividades parroquiales. Nos reunimos regularmente como comunidad hispana en las siguientes actividades: Misa en español mensualmente el segundo martes de cada mes. Oración del Rosario y la Coronilla de la Divina Misericordia cada martes. El rezo del Rosario por y en las casas de los Padrinos de la celebración de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe Misa y las Mañanitas de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe el 12 de diciembre anualmente con una fiesta patrocinada por los Padrinos y la parroquia. Catequesis de Fe durante el año para adultos. El Ministerio Hispano necesita del apoyo de la comunidad hispana para seguir difundiendo la fe en Nuestro Señor Jesús y en Nuestra Madre la Virgen de Guadalupe por medio de las actividades y programas. Necesitamos su ayuda de sus dones y talentos que Dios nos concedió para el servicio de los demás.
Contact: Jane Villanueva at (360) 489-0895 or mjvillanueva44L@comcast.net

Alpha Team
Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. People come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, including a one-day or weekend getaway. Most are evening courses, typically two hours, and feature a meal followed by a presentation and discussion. Team members serve in set-up, small group facilitation, food preparation, or prayer support. A sincere commitment to the duration is expected once a team member agrees to serve for a specific course. Team members should have a heart for evangelization and be willing to gently and, without judgment, facilitate discussion among people who may have no faith, misunderstand their faith, or hold views contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Training and support are provided.
Contact: Ralph Shawver at (360) 292-7115 or rshawver@saintmichaelparish.org

Small Group Facilitator
Small Groups form the backbone of our Adult Faith Formation. Facilitating a small group is a great leadership opportunity that draws others into deeper relationships with Christ and His Church. Many groups continue year-round. Facilitators should be committed to the meeting time of their group, be willing to open their homes to participants and to lead them in prayer and reflection. Structured programs with video presentations and Lectio Divina (traditional Benedictine scriptural reading), start 2-3 times per year, and groups are encouraged to continue to meet on their own once the structured programs end. Training and materials provided.
Contact Michaela Moreau at smp.smallgroups@gmail.com

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