Faith Formation Ministry

Following the call to bring people to a closer relationship with Jesus, Faith Formation promotes, nurtures and offers life-long formation for those ministering to children and adults by providing courses on faith formation and catechetical topics, catechetical certification and retreats in both English and Spanish. Faith Formation also oversees the implementation of policies of Catholic Faith Formation for parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation during COVID

The Faith Formation and Youth Ministry offices have developed guidance and resources to ensure we can continue with our mission of teaching the faith while keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

Catechetical and Lay Formation Programs

Catechetical Certification Program (CCP)

A foundational, sequential pastoral program for parish staff, volunteers, adult learners and parents of homeschoolers.

Ongoing Formation

Programs to develop pastoral and competent ministers our parishes and faith communities.

Pre-K to High School Religious Education

Pre-K to 8th grade

Curriculum with grade level expectations for all children participating in parish and school faith formation, and listing of approved textbooks.

9th to 12th grade

Approved textbooks for youth in parish and school faith formation programs, USCCB doctrinal framework and chaste living documents and resources.

Sacramental policies and preparation

Approved resources and information on catechetical preparation for the sacraments of penance, first Communion, baptism, confirmation and the Rite of Christian Initiation.

In late 2019, the Archdiocese of Seattle made the transition for the age of Confirmation from eleventh grade or sixteen years of age to seventh grade or the equivalent age. In order to help our parishes with the transition process, the Confirmation policies were revised (above) and a variety of resources were made available in order to facilitate the various programs and age levels in our parish communities. Please visit the Confirmation Revision page for more information.

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Formation resources

Videos and other resources for your faith formation ministry, from knowledge of the faith to help with supplementing a lesson plan.

Catechist Tools and Resources

Events and Workshops


Annual PAFF 2021
Date: June 8
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Online

As catechists, we are not teachers of a subject, but rather, we are facilitators of an encounter with Jesus Christ. In order to facilitate these encounters with the Divine, we need to prepare hearts and minds, inviting those we teach to experiences that are not merely informative, but are truly transformative. In this virtual seminar,…

Date: June 19
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Online

Un retiro para los coordinadores de los programas de Formación en la Fe y de Preparación para Sacramentos, así como para los que están tomando el curso de Certificación Catequética. Recibirá confirmación por correo electrónico al finalizar su inscripción. Este retiro estará facilitado por Carlos Obando quien tiene una extensa experiencia dando retiros en el…


Ron Ryan Presentations

Invite Ron to present on a variety of faith formation topics for your parish or faith community.

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Tech Tools for Catechetical Leaders

Find helpful resources to make your online formation classes, meetings and events successful. Tips on how to prepare for an online event, templates, and other curated resources can be found here.

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Carlos Carrillo

Director of Faith Formation