& Faith Formation

The mysteries of Christ's life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for "what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries." (St. Leo the Great)

— Catechism of the Catholic Church 1115


For infants and children under seven, baptisms are performed on Saturdays at 5:30pm after the 4:30pm Mass, and on Sundays at 8:30am after the 7:30am Mass and at 11:45am after the 10:30am Mass. A one-hour Baptism Catechesis is required for parents prior to confirming the Baptism date.


Wedding dates at St. Mary’s are usually booked nine to twelve months in advance. Generally, we can only accept couples who live in the Twin Cities metro and so can prepare personally with us. An exception can be made for couples who have a direct connection to St. Mary’s (e.g. member who has moved away, or longtime family association). To begin the process please complete the form below.

Children & Youth Faith Formation

Religious education classes for kindergarten through grade ten—with preparation for First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation—are offered through a joint program with Assumption parish and are held at St. Mary’s on Saturday mornings from 9:00–10:15am, September–April, with sacraments administered in May. To sign up, email Jill Bueno (

Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. For any adult age 18+ who has not been baptized (catechumen), or who has been baptized—whether as a Catholic or a non-Catholic Christian—but has not received the sacrament of Confirmation (candidate), RCIA is the normal path of preparation for reception of these Sacraments of Initiation.

At present, RCIA at St. Mary’s is conducted in collaboration with Assumption parish in St. Paul. The principal RCIA instructor is our good friend, Colin Miller. For students especially attracted to the ministry of St. Mary’s and who aim to join our parish, additional formation time with the St. Mary’s priests (Frs. Evans and Hagan) will occur. For more information about getting started, complete and send the form below.

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