Course Details


Level I (ages 3-6)

St. Anne Roman Catholic Prish

440 E Elliot Rd

Gilbert, Arizona 85234
Start Date: 10/21/2023
End Date: 07/31/2025
Part One Dates: Part 1: Saturdays from 8:30am-3:30pm October 21, 2023 | December 9, 2023 | January 20, 2024 | AND Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm October 26, 2023 | November 2, 2023 | November 30, 2023 | December 7, 2023 | January 11, 2024 | January 25, 2024 | February 1, 2024 | February 22, 2024 | March 7, 2024
Part Two Dates: TBD: The dates for part 2 of the course will be announced once the course has begun in collaboration with the participants.

Course Contact

Formation Leader: Mary Mirrione
Site Coordinator: Micheal McConnell
Phone: (480) 507-4451
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Format: Monthly
Other Format Notes: Part 1: Nine Thursday Evenings, and Three Saturdays. The dates for part 2 of the course will be announced once the course has begun in collaboration with the participants.
Course Notes: Please use the link to register online for the course. When you register, you will receive a map of the church, and a welcome letter with additional information. If you have questions in advance, please reach out to the hosting site coordinator.

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