Let the children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.
Mark 10: 13-16

Children’s Faith Formation and Middle School Youth Ministry (Source MS-YM)

We have programs for preschool children through to 8th grade.
  • Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) – aged 3 years through to 5th grade.
  • Middle School Youth Ministry (MS-YM) aged children in grades 6th to 8th grades called “Source” MS-YM.


Register now for 2022-23 School Year!

You can register for our programs online by clicking on the button above.

Please note there are important dates on the Children’s Ministry Online Google Calendar. Click on the calendar button for the full year calendar at a glance.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a Catechist for our Children’s Ministry, please contact the Director of Children’s Faith Formation.


Faith Formation Processes / Learning Styles

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

Children’s Faith Formation for Pre-School and Kindergarten. CGS is for children ages 3 through 6 years old and is a Montessori based Church-readiness program. You can read more about the learning process here. Session choices are:

  • Sunday mornings 8:50 am to 10:05 am (concurrent with 9am mass);
  • Sunday mornings 8:50 am to 11:10 am (concurrent with both 9am mass and CFF for grades 1st-5th),
  • Sunday mornings 10:00am – 11:10 am (concurrent with CFF for grades 1st-5th) and

The program begins the last Sunday of August and continues through the end of April.

You may view the calendar here CGS/CFF 2022-2023 Calendar


Ana Bonilla, Coordinator, Sunday Preschool and Kindergarten Program




Children’s Faith Formation

Children’s Faith Formation for children in 1st to 5th grades. More information on the learning process here.

Sessions are held:

  • Sundays from 10:10 am – 11:10am

The program begins the last Sunday of August and continues through April.

You may view the calendar here CGS/CFF 2022-2023 Calendar


Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP
Director of Children’s Faith Formation



Sacramental Preparation

2022 First Reconciliation Celebration

See some of the photos of our 60 Saint Simon School and Saint Simon Parish children and their families here

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is normally a two-year process beginning in 1st grade or older.

You may view the calendar of important dates for the 2021-2022 sacrament prep year here: First Reconciliation-First Eucharist 2022-2023 Sacramental Prep Calendar


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – Adapted for Children (RCIA – AC)

Children over the age of 7 who are not baptized or catechized, or who are 3rd grade and older seeking the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, must make special arrangements with the Children’s Ministry office.


Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP
Director of Children’s Faith Formation



Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a one-week summer camp open to children entering Kindergarten through grade 6. Counselor positions are available for students entering grades 7 and older.The annual camp is a fantastic leadership opportunity for our youth and is a sought-after volunteer experience.  For more information, please see the Vacation Bible School page.



Liturgical Programs


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets on Sundays during the 9:00am Mass. Children in grades K-2 are encouraged to hear the Word of God at their own level. There is no registration for this program and children are welcome to bring their friends and family to join in hearing God’s Word. Children attend Mass with their parents, are dismissed following the Opening Prayers and then return during the Offertory Song.


Sr. Mary-Han Nguyen, OP
Director of Children’s Faith Formation




Children’s Choir

The Children’s “Joyful Noise” Choir, is open to all students in grades 1-8, and serves the parish community as dedicated music ministers throughout the school year. Through song, sign language, liturgical movement and reverence, the children strive to not perform, but to serve as role models to the assembly, to lead them in sung prayer and to enhance worship.

Contact & Links

Music Coordinator – musicministry@stsimon.org


Altar Server Training

Children in fifth grade and above are invited to the ministry of altar serving. Those who feel called to this ministry attend several training sessions throughout the year, shadow experienced Altar Servers, and are then scheduled during regular Sunday liturgies. If you or your child are interested in serving in this ministry, or would like more information, please visit the Altar Servers page.

Contact & Links

Altar Servers


Youth Ministry/Faith Formation for Middle School and High School

More information for Middle School here and High School here

St. Simon Parish Youth Council

Youth Council to learn more about how to get involved in our Parish Youth Council. This is an advisory council to the pastor and program leaders who plan and implement our programs for parish youth.