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Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: September 22, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Part 1: Sep 22-24, Oct 27-29, Dec 8-10, 2023 Part 2 Dates: Part 2: Mar 8-10, Apr 12-14, May 31-Jun 2, 2024
St Pius X Catholic Church
52553 Fir Rd Grainger, Indiana 46530 United States
Formation Leader: Kristen Hempstead-McGann
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: September 22, 2023
All Course Dates: September 22-23, 2023; October 13-14, 2023; November 10-11, 2023; December 1-2, 2023; January 19-20, 2024; February 9-10, 2024; March 15-16, 2024; April 12-13, 2024; May 3-4, 2024; June 14-15, 2024
Sacred Heart Cathedral
20 E Beauregard San Angelo, Texas 76903 United States
Formation Leader: Jo Ann Padgett
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 23, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Sep 23, Oct 7, 21, Nov 14, 18, Dec 2, 16, 2023 Part 2 Dates: Mar 2, 16, 23, Apr 6, 20, May 4,18, 2024
Quiet Water's Cabrini Center
13940 Sisson Highway Collins Center, New York 14034 United States
Formation Leader: Mary Lata
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 30, 2023
All Course Dates: Sep 30, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1, 2024
All Saints Episcopal Church/Center for Children and Theology
3421 Franconia Rd Alexandria, Virginia 22310 United States
Formation Leader: Davette Himes
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: October 6, 2023
All Course Dates: October 6-9, 2023; January 12-15, 2024; May 17-21, 2024. Friday, Saturday, Monday 9:00 - 5:00; Sunday 12:00 - 6:00.
Parkside Church
45 Moultrie St Charleston, South Carolina 29403 United States
Formation Leader: Anita Vincent
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: January 13, 2024
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Part 1 - January 13, 2024; Feb 10, 2024; March 9, 2024; April 13, May 11, Jun 15, 2024 Part 2 Dates: Part 2 - July 20, 2024; August 10, 2024; September 14, 2024; October 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, 2024
St Paul Parish
433 Mission Dr. Akron, Ohio 44301 United States
Formation Leader: Erin Miller
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Weekly
Start Date: August 28, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Aug 28-30, Sep 5, 19, 26, Oct 3, 17, 24, Nov 7, 28 (12/5 makeup); Part 2 Dates: Jan 16, 23, 30, 2024 (9am-1pm); Feb 6, 20, 27 (9am-1pm), Mar 4 and 6-7 (8am-3pm), 19, 26 (9-1), 2024 (make up day Apr 16, 2024)
Christ the King School
52473 Indiana State Rte 933N South Bend, Indiana 46637 United States
Formation Leader: Joanie Rymsza
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Weekly Intensive
Start Date: August 23, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Aug 23-26, Sep 23, Oct 28, 2023 Part 2 Dates: Aug 12-17, 2024
Church of St Michael
611 S 3rd St Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 United States
Formation Leader: Karen Sisson
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 26, 2023
All Course Dates: Part 1 Dates: Aug 26, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 16, Apr 20, 2024 Part 2 Dates: Part 2: Similar school year schedule 2024-2025
St Joseph Catholic School
11505 Johnson Dr Shawnee, Kansas 66203 United States
Formation Leader: Jeanne Wichman, Mlada Hill
In Progress
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Long weekend
Start Date: August 29, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 29-31, Sep 17-18, Oct 29-30, Dec 14-16, 2023; Jun 5-8, 2024
St Martha Catholic Church
37200 Whitewood Rd Murrieta, California 92563 United States
Formation Leader: Lynda Catalano
In Progress

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