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.

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.

Confirmation retreats

The scheduling and coordination of the Confirmation retreats is transitioning from Faith Formation to Youth Ministry Services as of the beginning of September 2023. 

Youth Ministry Services is offering Confirmation retreats for parish Confirmation preparation groups. If your parish would like to attend one of these retreats located at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation or at a pre-determined parish location, please contact Lisa Hillyard at for availability.

These retreats are one-day events ending with Mass, by 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm based on retreat and Mass start times.

Depending on the size of your group, capacity limitations, and your Confirmation date at the parish, a suggested date will be determined.

If you would like tools and resources for leading a Confirmation retreat for your group of students, please let us know or for programming questions, contact Kimberly Abadir at


Confirmation age revision

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 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

Ministry Clearance for Visiting Laity Information

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. Click here to learn more.

Tech Tools and Audio Visual Ideas 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. Click here to learn more.

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Carlos Carrillo

Director of Faith Formation