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Level II (ages 6-9)

St. Patrick Catholic Church

705 Main Street

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Start Date: 10/03/2024
End Date: 04/13/2025
Part One Dates: October 3rd-6th, 2024; November 7th-10th, 2024
Part Two Dates: March 27th-30th, 2025; April 10th-13th, 2025

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Formation Leader: Diane Olsen
Site Coordinator: Monica Miller
Phone: (319) 266-3523
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Format: Long weekend
Course Notes: Training will be completed in a retreat style format in four parts. While some absences can be made up, you should plan to attend more than 80% of all training hours in order to complete the training. Training Dates in 4 Parts [October 3rd-6th, 2024 | November 7th-10th, 2024 | March 27th-March 30th, 2025 | April10th-13th, 2025]. Training Hours: Thursday 5-8pm | Friday & Saturday 9-5pm | Sunday 11am-4pm. Tuition is $600 for the full course. Breakfast and lunch included. Deposit of $100 reserves your spot. Limited spots available. Remaining balance due by October 3rd, 2024. If you are a parishioner of St. Patrick Church, Cedar Falls who agrees to serve in an atrium for three years, tuition expense is covered. Contact Monica for parish code while registering. For information regarding lodging options, contact Monica Miller at (319)-266-3523 or by email.

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