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Level III (ages 9-12)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: May 7, 2024
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Part 1: May 7-10, Aug 27-29, Sep 3-5, 2024 Part 2 Dates: Part 2: Summer 2025 TBD
All Saints Catholic Community
5231 Meadow Creek Dr Dallas, Texas 75248 United States
Formation Leader: Jo Ann Padgett
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: January 29, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1: Jan 29, Feb 12, 26, Mar 3, 26, Apr 16, 30, 2023; Part 2: Aug 13, Sep 10 & 17, Oct 1, 15, Nov 5, 12, 2023
Holy Rosary Convent
1602 Adams St Missouri City, Texas 77489 United States
Formation Leader: Sr Theresa Josephine Do OP
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Other
Start Date: October 7, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Oct 7-8, Dec 2-3, 2023; Feb 10-11, Apr 6-7, (snow date make up if needed May 18-19, 2024 Part 2 Dates: Aug 5-10, 2024
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
188 Elliott St Danvers, Massachusetts 01923 United States
Formation Leader: Audrey Walko
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: October 21, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Oct 21; Nov 11 & 12; Jan 6; Jan 20; Feb 3; Feb 17 Part 2 Dates: Mar 2 & 3; Apr 6 & 7; May 4 & 5; June 8 & 9
Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Parish
4202 Old William Penn Highway Murrysville, Pennsylvania 15668 United States
Formation Leader: Mary Beth Palko
Level II (ages 6-9)
Format: Other
Start Date: September 25, 2023
All Course Dates: September 25,26,27,28,29. Dates to be finalized during first week: Two full days during October, November, Dec, Jan, Feb, March & April to be used as needed for snow days
St Ambrose Parish
30 Caputo Rd North Branford, Connecticut 06471 United States
Formation Leader: Deborah Pelletier
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: October 7, 2023
All Course Dates: Saturday, 7 Oct; Sunday, 8 Oct; Saturday, 4 Nov; Saturday, 2 Dec; Saturday, 6 Jan; Saturday, 20 Jan; Saturday, 3 Feb; Saturday, 2 Mar; Saturday, 6 Apr; Sunday, 7 Apr; Saturday, 4 May; Sunday, 5 May
Saint Nicholas Catholic Church
625 St. Nicholas Drive O'Fallon, Illinois 62269 United States
Formation Leader: Martie Rheaume
Level II (ages 6-9)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: October 6, 2023
All Course Dates: 2023: Nov. 10/11; Dec. 8/9. 2024: Jan. 12/13; Feb. 9/10; Mar 8/9; Apr 12/13; May 10/11, 2024 plus 4 days in May TBD
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Apostolate Center
825 2nd Street Verona, Pennsylvania 15147 United States
Formation Leader: Celine Mitchell
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Weekly
Start Date: September 28, 2023
All Course Dates: 2023: Sept. 28; Oct.5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 9, 16; Dec. 7, 14 | 2024: Jan. 11, 18, 25; Mar. 7, 14, 21; Apr. 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Apostolate Center
825 2nd Street Verona, Pennsylvania 15147 United States
Formation Leader: Celine Mitchell
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: September 30, 2023
All Course Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 14-15, Nov. 11-12, 2023; Feb. 3-4, 24-25, March 9-10, April 13-14, May 18-19, 2024. Saturdays meet from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sundays meet from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. We will hold one additional weekend for material making, which may be held in Des Moines.
Saint Cecilia Catholic Church
2900 Hoover Avenue Ames, Iowa 50010 United States
Formation Leader: Mary Heinrich
Level II (ages 6-9)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: November 9, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: 11/9-11/12, 11/14-11/15, 2023 and 1/15-1/18, 2024 and 2/7-2/10, 2024 Part 2 Dates: n/a
St. Ann's Catholic Church
1906 W Texas Ave Midland, Texas 79701-6564 United States
Formation Leader: Lynda Catalano

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