St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish

Faith Formation 2018-2019 Information

Note:  Online registration has closed for this season.  Stay tuned for the opening of 2019-2020 registration, which will open in the beginning of June, 2019.  If you have questions about a program, the contact information for each of our catechists is available on this page.

Below is information about our Faith Formation programs at St. Anne. This information refers to sessions in English. Sessions in Spanish have different times and sign-up information. The information is provided to help parents determine which programs are right for their children. Please read all the information carefully and thoroughly. Note: You need to be a parishioner of St. Anne in order to sign up for classes.

Sessions in English began on Monday, September 17th, 2018. We follow the GPS public school calendar for breaks, and give additional time off for Holy Days and Church activities. See below for class descriptions.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation):

Those who are age 7 and older, and not baptized, enter the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA.

RCIA sessions are only offered on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.

Registration in RCIA for children and teens is available online.  For RCIA Adults, contact Aurora Sarmiento at 480-420-7729(PRAY) or 480-507-4433, or by e-mail.


CGS Registration Information for English Sessions

Note: Registration has closed for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).  The classes are almost all full.  If you would like your children to attend CGS, please call Doris Gastelum at (480) 507-4454 and she will collect your information.

CGS is a Montessori based method of Religious education which creates a “hands on” environment called an “atrium” in which children can hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential Mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in Scripture and Liturgy. CGS is approved in the diocese of Phoenix for the religious education of children ages 3-12. At St. Anne, CGS Sessions are offered for children in Preschool-First Grade, for children in second-fourth grade in need of sacrament preparation, and for children in fourth-sixth grade who have already received all sacraments of initiation, and desire continuing religious education using the CGS method. All CGS sessions run for 90 minutes regardless of age or time.

Following is a description of the different levels of CGS sessions, which will help you determine which level to select for your child. After determining which level your child needs, please fill out the registration form, selecting the day and time you would like along with the level of session your child needs. Please note, not all levels are available at all times. (It is best to begin with the oldest child) Unless only one choice is offered for your child, you will need to select an alternate day and time, in case your first choice is not available. Please note that volunteers receive priority placement for their children. If you can volunteer, please indicate this on your registration, and contact Micheal (Michelle) McConnell by email so that we can determine the best position for you. Also, if your child has a special need that is significant and requires special considerations, please indicate this on your form and contact Micheal (Michelle) by email or by phone (480) 507-4451, so that we can discuss your needs.

Level 1: For children ages 3-5 years who are already potty trained and can use the restroom independently. If your child is not baptized, you can still register for this level, but please also contact contact Angela Lopez at (480) 507-4435 regarding infant baptism.

First Grade: For children ages 6 and up, who are in First Grade. If your child is not baptized, you can still register for this level, but please also contact Angela Lopez at (480) 507-4435 regarding infant baptism.

Reconciliation Prep: First Reconciliation Preparation for baptized children age 7 and up, who are in Second through Fourth Grade. This is the first year of sacrament preparation, and must be completed before preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. You must submit a copy of your baptismal certificate to the front office, and attend a parent workshop in October. If your child is age 7 or older and not already baptized, please register for RCIA instead. For information on RCIA contact Donna Kano.

Communion/Confirmation Prep: This class is for baptized children who have already prepared for First Reconciliation at St. Anne or another parish, who are in need of preparation for First Communion and/or Confirmation. If your child prepared for reconciliation at another parish, you must submit your child’s baptismal certificate, documentation of previous reconciliation prep such as a letter from the director of Religious education at your previous parish, and a certificate of First Holy Communion if this has already been received. You will also need to attend a parent workshop in November.

Level 3: For children age 9 and up, who are in Fourth-Sixth grade who have already received all sacraments of initiation including Confirmation, and desire to continue in the CGS method. (If your child is in Fifth or Sixth grade, and has already received the sacraments, you have the choice to select either the BATTLE program or CGS depending on your child’s preference)

Please note:

Selecting the wrong level for your child can result in moving your child from the day and time you selected, to a day and time that is still available for your child at the level that is needed. Parents of children enrolling for sacrament preparation are required to attend one parent workshop for each sacrament needed. Information on dates and times of parent workshops will be posted in Flocknote.

Submitting your registration and payment does not guarantee the day and time you requested. Notifications will be emailed after registration has ended and all children have been placed in sessions. Please be patient and do not call to see what day and time you were assigned. Remember, not everyone can have their first choice as space is limited. If you must have a particular day and time, please sign up to volunteer. Children of volunteers are placed first. Volunteer training is required for all new volunteers and will take place over the summer.

If you have questions about payment or payment plans, please contact Doris Gastelum.

If you have questions about the CGS program, or proper placement of your child in CGS, or regarding becoming a CGS volunteer, please contact Micheal (Michelle) McConnell.

Classes begin on Catechetical Sunday and occur at the following times:

  • CGS Monday 4 p.m.
  • CGS Monday 6 p.m.
  • CGS Tuesday 10 a.m.
  • CGS Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
  • CGS Wednesday 4 p.m.
  • CGS Wednesday 6 p.m.

Note: Classes are being removed from the registration form as they fill up.  Online registration for CGS closed on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

All sessions are an hour and a half.


5th-8th grade - Sacrament Preparation:

If your child is in grades 5th thru 8th and still needs to prepare for Reconciliation, First Communion, and/or Confirmation, you should select this class.

It will meet on:

  • 5th & 6th Grade - Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
  • 7th & 8th Grade - Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

For questions regarding 5th-8th grade Sacrament Preparation, please contact Donna Kano.


High School Sacrament Prep:

If your child is in high school, and still needs to prepare for reconciliation, First Communion, and/or Confirmation, you should select this class.

High School Sacrament Prep will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm.

For questions regarding the High School Sacrament prep program or payments please contact Donna Kano.


B.A.T.T.L.E. : Faith Formation for 5th-8th grade

BATTLE stands for Be All That The Lord Expects. It is our faith formation program for baptized children in 5th-8th grade. This program provides sacrament preparation if needed, and continuing education for those who have already received sacraments. If your child has not had previous experience in CGS and is in 5th or 6th grade, this is the program you should select. If your child is in 5th or 6th grade with previous CGS experience, you can select either BATTLE or CGS, depending on your preference.

All classes run an hour and a half.

For questions regarding the BATTLE program or payments, please contact John Caballero.

B.A.T.T.L.E. choices in English:

  • B.A.T.T.L.E. Monday at 6 p.m.
  • B.A.T.T.L.E. Sunday 10:30 a.m.

All classes run an hour and a half.


B.O.L.D.: High School Youth Night for children grades 9-12

B.O.L.D. is the high school youth group. This program meets once a week to help teens learn more about their faith in a youthful engaging way and to develop a relationship with Christ. We also do other social and service activities throughout the year.

B.O.L.D. sessions are only offered on Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

For questions regarding B.O.L.D. please contact John Caballero at (480) 507-4441, or by e-mail form.


Cristeros: High School Youth and Young Adults

Cristeros is a group for high school and college age teens and young adults. The mission of the Cristeros Hispanic Youth Group is to show Jesus to the youth, so that they can develop a relationship with God through prayer, charity, and be disciples of Jesus. Youth are encouraged to learn, participate, and interact with their peers in a way that is relevant to their young age.

The Cristeros meet once a week to learn more about the faith and also attend other social events such as charity fundraisers, sports days, and retreats.

Cristeros meeting time is Wednesday at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

For more information, contact John Caballero at (480) 507-4441, or by e-mail form.


Click here for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Prices

Below are the price options for CGS classes.

  • $75 Per Student

Click Here for St. Anne Youth Program Prices

Below are price options for Youth Programs. This includes Battle, Cristeros, B.O.L.D., High School, and RCIA.

  • $50 Per Student