Our mission is Christ’s mission. Our goal is to form disciples who form disciples. Jesus does the work, we provide the hands and feet.

We accomplish this mission by:

1. Offering engaging Catholic faith formation for children and families, staffed by caring and trained volunteers.

2. Preparing children and adults to become missionary disciples.

3. Creating opportunities for enriching faith formation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of understanding.

Religious Education Classes

Faith Formation classes are offered for Pre-K (4 yrs old) through 8th grade. Weekly options are available that meet on Sundays, and Thursdays. This year we have several different options, including youth-ministry based middle school options!

You can register your child for Faith Formation by clicking here or clicking the button below!

If you are not a member of St. John, and would like to register for our classes, an additional fee of $100.00 will be added to your registration fee.

*We reserve the right to cancel classes/sessions with low enrollment!

**Stay tuned for information for the 2020-21 year, as we continue to navigate through COVID-19.

Confused? Email Lina at locasio@sjwest.org to request a printable form that you can print and send us through snail-mail.

Class Options:

FAITH FORMATION OPTIONS (Please read carefully):

PreK (4 yrs) Options:

  • Sunday Sessions 9-10:15 a.m. [meets weekly 9/22/19 to 5/3/2020]

PreK (4 yrs) – 5th grade Options:

  • Sunday Sessions 9-10:15 a.m [meets weekly 9/22/19 to 5/3/2020]
  • Thursday Sessions 5-6:15 p.m. [meets weekly 9/19/19 to 5/7/2020]
  • Wednesday Home Study Session: 1st Wednesday of the Month October to May (Significant book work required and intermittent parent attendance).

 6th-8th Grade Options:

SUMMIT: Meets every Wednesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Portico (September-May). Please download the band app for all communication on Summit here: https://band.us/@summitsjwest

RCIA-Adapted for Children~ Formation for those who are NOT Baptized or those seeking to become Catholic!

  • Sundays 9-10:15 a.m. [meets weekly 9/22/19 to 5/3/2020] Children will be received or Baptized into the Catholic Faith during the Easter season, but should continue formation until May 3, 2020. *Students in 6th-8th Grade are also expected to attend Antioch as much as possible.


*There is a FAMILY CAP of $300.00 (If you have children in multiple sessions, you do not pay more than $300.00)
* An additional $100.00 will be required for members not registered in our parish.

CONFIRMATION TUITION: $100.00 per student

1 CHILD- $100.00
2 CHILDREN- $175.00
ADD $20.00 if you are registering a 2nd grader (Sacramental Prep Fee)

1 CHILD- $75.00
2 CHILDREN-$125.00
3 OR MORE-$150.00
ADD $20.00 if you are registering a 2nd grader (Sacramental Prep Fee)

Calculate your total tuition (be sure to include any additional fees). Subtract $20.00 from that total if you email/mail this registration by August 31, 2019!

How can I actually pay?!

Tuition can be paid online– BUT IT IS NOT part of the sign-up process. After registering, you MUST go to the “Giving” tab at the top of the main website (www.sjwest.org) and go to “Donate NOW.”  You will immediately be moved to our donation site. Scroll to the bottom and highlight “Religious Education Tuition,” calculate what you owe and pay that amount. You may also mail us a check:

Attn: Lina Ocasio, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: [Open to any 8th-9th grader who has completed a year of formation PRIOR to this 2019-2020 school year! (8th graders must be registered in a Faith Formation Session AS WELL AS one of the prep sessions below. When Confirmation Sessions begin, students will be required to continue going to SUMMIT. Attendance at Antioch is mandatory after the “Rite of Sending” in the Spring. *ANY CLASS WITH LESS THAN 8 STUDENTS IS SUBJECT TO BE CANCELLED.

Confirmation Options [Sessions DO NOT BEGIN until January 2020]:

  • Sunday 9:00am-10:15am
  • Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm
  • Thursday 5:00pm-6:15pm

****NOTE: MANDATORY RETREAT DATE: February 14-15th, 2020 [Students must participate in the entire retreat]

CONFIRMATION TUITION: $100.00 per student

FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR (PreK-5th grade)         

Sunday, March 8:Chapter 20 
Thursday, March 12: Chapter 21
Sunday, March 15: Chapter 21
Thursday, March 19: Chapter 22
Sunday, March 22: Chapter 22
Thursday, March 26: Chapter 23
Sunday, March 29: Review Class
Holy Week and Easter break – classes resume Thursday April 16th. Try to attend Easter services and Mass on Easter Sunday with family. Easter Blessings to all our Faith Formation Families!!
Sunday, April 19: Chapter 23  
Thursday, April 16: Chapter 23
Sunday, April 26: Chapter 24/25
Thursday, April 23: Chapter 24/25
Sunday, May 3: Review/Party in classroom
Thursday, April 30: NO CLASS (Confirmation DAY)
Thursday, May 7: Review/Party in classroom

Youth Faith Formation


The parish nursery is available during the 8:45 am and the 10:30 am Masses for children under 6 years old. The nursery is located in the St. Mark room of the school. The room is right across from the religious education office. Parishioners should enter the school through the entrance that is directly across from the portico. When religious education is in session, parents will have to sign in and then make their way to the nursery. Children are watched by a trained professional, given a beeper and age-appropriate activities and toys are available. Parents of young children are asked to bring a diaper bag.

Children’s Liturgy

Takes place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Students who are in 4th grade or older can participate as lectors. All children are invited into the sanctuary for the homily. This group also puts on the 4:30 pm Christmas Pageant at the Christmas Eve mass in the Church every year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

All children, ages 4-8 years old, are invited to participate in this monthly offering at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebrant invites the children to briefly move to a designated location for a special Liturgy of the Word, adapted for them, with a homily and Prayer of the Faithful. Afterward, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, the children rejoin their families for the remainder of the Liturgy.

Boy Scouts

St. John parish sponsors a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troop #420 – For boys aged 10/12 to 18 years of age. The Troop meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the cafeteria of St. John School. For more information contact Chris Joneckis 410-795-0069 / joneckis@comcast.net

Cub Scouts

St. John sponsors a Cub Scout Pack #420 – For boys in grades 1-5. Pack meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from September through May at 6:30 p.m. Den meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Myers.

CYO Basketball

CYO Boys & Girls Travel Basketball

Parish-sponsored league for players in grades 4 through 8 interested in representing the St. John School Eagles throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Tryouts are held in the St. John School gymnasium in September. Adult volunteers, please call the CYO League coordinator. Contact?……………

Intramural Girls and Boys Basketball

Boys’ Intramural

St. John sponsors the program in conjunction with the Carroll County Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Over 500 boys play on 45 teams. Teams are composed of students in K-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-9th grades. Practices begin in mid-October, with games scheduled from December through March. The program is staffed by volunteers. An annual benefit is held to augment the registration fee.

Girls Intramural

A parish sponsored league for girls in K through 9th grades. Practices begin in mid-February, with games scheduled from March through May. The program is staffed by volunteers. Registration cost is $42. Contact Tim Norwood.