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Faith Formation

Parishes of St. Thomas the Apostle and Ss. Peter & Paul have a combined program. All classes are held at St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran unless otherwise stated. Classes begin on September 20, 2023, and will be held from 6:15-7:30pm.

Please note: Due to limited space, you must be a registered member to enroll your child in this program.

  • Pre-Kindergarten (four years old) - 1st Grade

    • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the program we use for our youngest students, where trained Catechists teach your child all about the Mass and the Gospels using the Montessori method. Children will learn how to set up an altar and learn about each Mass part and what they mean. Gospel readings will come to life as they are able to manipulate the figures in the scripture verses to ponder what they mean. Many of the lessons are based on a Parable or the Life of Jesus. Most of the materials in the Atrium have been hand-crafted by volunteers with much love. The children truly learn and grow in God’s word as they ponder them in God’s silence while working with the materials provided for them.

  • 2nd Grade

    • Signs of Grace, the Augustine Institute, along with a few lessons from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

    • The Signs of Grace: You Are Forgiven program tells the story of God’s great love for us. God created us to be in friendship with him, but that friendship was lost through sin. This program will show how the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of God’s saving plan. In this sacrament, God gives us his mercy and brings us back into friendship with him when we sin after our Baptism. This program will prepare your child to experience God’s mercy and love in his or her First Reconciliation.

    • The Signs of Grace: You Are Loved program for First Holy Communion tells the story of God’s desire to give us his own life in the Eucharist. Jesus tells us that he is the living bread (see John 6:51), and in the Eucharist, he gives us himself—his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—so that we may eat and live forever. God wants us to live forever with him in Heaven, and when we partake of the Eucharistic celebration, we anticipate this eternal life with God. This program will help your child understand how God prepared for the Eucharist in the Old Testament Passover, how Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper, how Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross is made present in the Mass, and how best to prepare to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. This program will prepare your child to experience God’s intimate love in their First Holy Communion.

  • 3rd - 5th Grade

    • The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, Part Two

    • The purpose of religious instruction is to teach Christ. The teacher aims at presenting to the children the words of Christ and, even more, the Person of Christ, Who is the Word in which it contains all truth. This Catechism is broken into three parts; last year, as a family, you studied Part One: The Creed, and this year, in class, your child will study The Commandments in Part Two. 

    • Lessons will also be included from Virtues in Practice on Hope from the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation from Nashville, TN.​


  • 6th - 8th Grade

    • Confirmation prep is normally done in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, but youth past this age who have not yet received this sacrament are more than welcome! 

    • All Faith Formation classes are from 6:15-7:30pm at St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran. Classes will begin on September 20, 2023. ​


  • Family

    • Join us each Wednesday for a FREE family dinner! Dinner will be served from 5:30-6pm in the St. Thomas Parish Center - all are welcome! Students must have at least one parent with them, and all meals must be eaten in the dining hall. Free-will offerings are welcome!

    • Holy Hour and confession will be available each Wednesday night in the St. Thomas the Apostle church while the children will be in classes. All are welcome to visit with our Lord.


To register, print and fill out the Registration Form HERE and return it to Julianne Leighton at or drop off the form at the St. Thomas Parish Office, or register online (button below).

Tuition Payment

  • Early Birth Rate (return by August 14)

    • $75/Child

    • $220/Family 

  • Normal Rate (August 15-September 5

    • $85/Child

    • $250/Family

Tuition may be paid via check or cash

dropped off at the parish office, or mailed to:
St. Thomas the Apostle

Attn: Faith Formation

20000 County Road 10

Corcoran, MN 55340

Questions? Contact Julianne Leighton at

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