Religious education for children

Religious Education Classes for Grades K-11

@ St. Ann, Wadena: Classes for Grades K-6 are held in the basement of the church every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. and Grades 7-11 meet at 7:00 p.m.

@ St. John, Bluffton: Classes for all grades begin at 6:45 p.m. with prayer in the church.  

Contact our parish offices if you would like to enroll your child.  Contact us.


Early Catholic Family Life

We have have started a new program for our families with children 0-5. We meet the first Sunday of the month October-May immediatley following the 8:30AM Mass in Wadena. We begin with breakfast in the parish hall, head over to the ECFL room for activities that families do together in relation to the faith topic of the day, the children have snack, and than we separate for age-appropriate sessions! ECFL Registration Contact Victoria Bulcher at for more information. 

Parents are the Primary Teachers of Faith

The Lord has organized the family as the foundational cell of learning for children. Because of this, we see the primary teachers of the faith to children are their parents.  No priest or religion teacher can be as effective in passing on the faith as a parent.  The heavy lifting of faith formation happens at home with the example of parents, through family prayer, personal prayer, and regular attendance at Holy Mass.  We want the best for your children and want to help you help them. Whatever we can do to encourage you as a parent, please ask. 


Sacramental Prep: Reconciliation, Eucharist, & Confirmation

Preparation for receiving the sacraments happens during the 2nd Grade for Reconciliation & Eucharist, and the 11th Grade for Confirmation. 


Something New for Grade 12

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, our 12th Graders will be a part of a new program we've developed to prepare them for God's vocation for them, whether it be marriage or the consecrated life.  Nowadays, most youth tragically discontinue practicing their faith between high school and the day they get married.  We are looking for ways to help them see that the time between Confirmation and Marriage should not be lost.  With divorce rates above 50%, more needs to be done to prepare young people for the beautiful but difficult vocation of marriage, especially during the college years where many fall away.  Our desire is to help them understand the basics of personal preparation for their vocation.  Attendance will be voluntary, but we hope they will take advantage of it.