Faith Formation

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Leading Our Children to God

Through our Faith Formation Program, we assist parents/guardians in the awesome responsibility of leading their children to a personal relationship with God through Gospel values of Jesus Christ and witnessed through their Catholic Faith.

We provide the following:

  • Reading and studying sacred scripture
  • Teaching basic truths of the Catholic Church
  • Participating in the Church’s sacramental life and prayer
  • Relating experiences of Gospel values through loving acts of justice and service to their families, church, community, country, and world
  • Reverencing all God’s creation
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All Faith Formation registration takes place online via ParishSoft. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Faith Formation Office or stop in the Parish Office for assistance. Registration fees may also be paid online. No child will be denied classes for financial reasons. Please contact Deacon David Hendrickson with any questions regarding fees. Fundraising efforts, including SCRIP, support those families in need and extra faith enrichment activities for the K-9 children of our Parish. In ParishSoft, sign in and click on Faith Formation then Online Registration.

Faith Formation Registration
August 12 Update: Our afternoon classes are filling up fast and in order to be fair to catechists, we will need to cap at certain numbers.  Please consider registering for evening time if possible. If classes are full, priority will be given to members of St. Dennis Parish.

2019-2020 Registration Fees

Parish Member Registration Fees

Non-Sacrament Students: $80.00
Total Fee First Reconciliation/First Communion Students: $150.00
Total Fee Confirmation Students: $110.00

Non-Members Registration Fees

Non-Sacrament Students: $110
Total Fee First Reconciliation/First Communion Students: $180.00
Total Fee Confirmation Students: $140.00

Faith Formation Payment Form

Class Schedule

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Grades K-8: Mondays in the afternoon (3:45 pm – 5:00 pm) or evening (6:15 pm – 7:30 pm).

Our theme for the year is “A Holy Roar”. The full schedule of classes is listed below but be sure to check out our other enrichment opportunities as well!

K-8 Schedule 2019-2020 

Confirmation (Grade 9)

Sunday mornings High School The focus of our program is to prepare teens to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The schedule of required classes is listed below.

Confirmation Class Schedule 2019-2020 

Students are expected to attend all grade level classes. Parents are highly encouraged to promote their children’s positive, active participation in all phases and opportunities offered. Parental support and cooperation are vital to a successful program and greatly appreciated!

Saint Dennis Faith Formation classes will be canceled if:

  • Madison Metropolitan School District Schools close early or are closed for the day due to weather conditions.
  • Weather becomes a threat during the day class would be held and a winter storm warning is issued.
  • Parents are encouraged to exercise their discretion for those “other” weather situations which inevitably happen.
  1. Staff will instruct youth to report all injuries/illnesses.
  2. Staff shall refer the reported or observed incident(s) to the director.
  3. In cases where the youth cannot return to a class or in emergency situations, the parents/guardians are responsible for making arrangements for medical treatment and transportation.
  4. If an emergency is severe, the staff shall call for emergency medical care before or concurrent with notification to the parents or guardians.

Grades K-8 Lisa Harms – Faith Formation Coordinator (608) 246-5123

Grade 9 (Confirmation) Deacon David Hendrickson – High School and Confirmation Director (608) 246-5129

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation

Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation takes place in Second Grade (or when child has reached the age of 7). Students are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Reconciliation during a Family Reconciliation Prayer Service in November.  Students should have participated in either Faith Formation or be enrolled in St. Dennis School for a year prior to their second grade year.

  • We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series with students in class.
  • Families are asked to do preparation at home as well using Our Sunday Visitor’s “Encounter with Christ.”
  • Family Reconciliation Service – Tuesday, November 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

First Holy Communion

Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments First Holy Communion

Students in Second Grade (or when child has reached the age of 7) are prepared and encouraged to receive their First Holy Communion during a class celebration on May 3. Children, along with a parent(s) must also attend a parent/child retreat in order to better prepare for this sacrament.

  • We will be using Dynamic Catholic’s “Blessed” series with students in class.
  • Families are asked to do preparation at home as well using Our Sunday Visitor’s “Encounter with Christ.”
  • First Holy Communion Family Retreat on April 19, 2020.
  • First Holy Communion Practice on May 2 at 9:30 am.
  • The Sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 3.


Saint Dennis Parish Sacraments Confirmation

Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,” for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1306)

Confirmation is not about deciding to be Catholic. By virtue of one’s baptism, they are already Catholic. Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, completes baptism. Confirmation is more about a person responding to God’s generous outpouring of love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Please Note: Families with children who for any reason are beyond the regularly scheduled grade programs for the reception of the sacraments are urged to notify us and plans will be made to help them complete the necessary preparation.

Inquiries may be made to Deacon David Hendrickson

Youth in their freshman year who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation have certain requirements that Saint Dennis Parish believes will better prepare them for this Sacrament. Note that these are not “hoops” for them to jump through or rules for rules sake. These requirements will give the young people a greater understanding of their Catholic faith and what is really important in their lives. It will teach them good decision-making skills that are vital to surviving in this world and bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

  1. Each student should choose a sponsor. Parents need to take an active role in this process. A sponsor must be a person who has already received the Sacrament of Confirmation and needs to be someone other than the candidate’s parents. A sponsor should be someone who not only practices their Catholic faith, but an individual to whom your child can discuss deep spiritual issues. Each sponsor will receive a manual to assist with this important process. Sponsors are expected to meet with your child two to three times before Confirmation. The meetings should be about an hour and could be accomplished at a quiet coffee shop or during dinner.
  2. Students will need to attend a Confirmation retreat at Saint Dennis.
  3. Regularly attend and participate in Mass and the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
  4. Carry out 7 hours of service through the authorized list of participating organizations.
  5. Meet with their assigned Spiritual Advisor twice before Confirmation. We have scheduled two evening sessions but will certainly accommodate schedule conflicts that you might have.
  6. Attend all Faith Formation Classes. Please download Calendar for your reference. Because students may be Confirmed in their freshmen year, Confirmation preparation begins in middle school. Because of that fact, attendance in our Middle School Faith Formation program is critical. If students are unable to prepare properly for this Sacrament, they can be Confirmed at a later year in high school.
  7. Attend the special Parent/Student Meeting.