Children Programs

Childcare during Mass and Activities


Childcare for children age 1 to 3 is available in the nursery in the parish hall during the 10:30 am Mass each Sunday.  Volunteers are welcome, and are background checked.  Our goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for children while their parents attend Mass.

Temporarily suspended during the COVID pandemic!


Children's Liturgy of the Word


Children's Liturgy of the Word is offered on most Sundays during the 10:30 am Mass from September through April. Children in Grades 1-5 are invited to go with their own Minister of the Word to hear the readings and the Gospel proclaimed at their own level. They are then given the opportunity to discuss the readings and offer their own prayer intentions before returning to Mass in time for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Temporarily Suspended during the COVID pandemic!


Children’s Faith Formation Classes


Children's Faith Formation Re-Envisioned - Faith for the Family coming in 2020!

Preschool and Kindergarten Classes

There will be no preschool/kindergarten classes offered during the 10:30am Mass until the Archdiocese lifts the restrictions on child care/family rooms/nurseries. Once that happens, we may possibly start those classes with limited attendance if we can meet the other guidelines and restrictions. Families with Preschool and Kindergarten children are welcome to participate in the Children’s Faith Formation Re-Envisioned – Faith for the Family (see below).

Grades 1-5

There will be no in-person classes for Grades 1-5 this year.  I realize this is a conservative approach but the one I feel most comfortable with, given all the factors that need to be considered.

 Even with this pandemic, the faith formation of your children is still very important.  I know that most of you, as parents, are already taking on the role of “teacher” and I do not want to add to that burden by asking you to complete a Faith Formation lesson each week for each of your children. With that in mind, I would like to move to a monthly themed family program and would like to invite your family to participate in Children’s Faith Formation ReEnvisioned – Faith for the Family!

Here is how it will work:

Each month would have a theme which will follow the topics that are included in the age-level textbooks normally used by your children but would only require one lesson. For example: October – The Rosary & Prayer.

Each month families would be invited to have a special family “movie night” using to watch a Brother Francis video on the theme of the month!  St. Edward Parish has a subscription to Formed and all of these videos are included.  Then I would provide several lessons/activities based on the theme that the families would work on throughout the month at their leisure.  I would offer the material to the families either through e-mail or a packet that the family would pick up once a month (since I know that not all families have e-mail and/or the ability to print out material). Our hope is to encourage families to work together and continue to learn about their Catholic faith without being too overwhelmed. 

For children who will be participating in their first year of sacramental preparation, I will ask for some of the lessons/activities to be returned to me.

If at some point we feel it is reasonably safe, we will offer in-person family type gatherings with activities and crafts based on the theme of the month.

 Children can be enrolled in Faith Formation classes at any time during the school year.  Please call Patty Meadows in the parish office (503-393-5323 x 302) for registration information.


First Reconciliation and First Eucharist


First Reconciliation/First Communion

Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation/First Communion classes for those students who have completed their first year will also look somewhat different this year.  We will begin the new year with a parent-led program. All student lessons will be completed at home with the parents offering guidance with the help of a parent manual. Small groups of families will meet with the coordinator at least once a month to check in and help keep everyone on track.

Please call Patty Meadows in the parish office (503-393-5323 x 302) for more information.



Altar Servers

  Altar Servers are those who want to answer the call to serve our Lord by assisting the Priest during mass. Servers must be at least 10 years old and have received the sacrament of Holy Communion, but there is no upper age limit. Adult altar servers are welcome and encouraged to train as well.

Vacation Bible School

  At St. Edward Parish, our Vacation Bible School is held in late July and all children age 4 through those just finishing 5th grade are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact
Patty Meadows

Coordinator of  Children's Faith Formation