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1-02211
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
1-02142
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 9, 2023
All Course Dates: Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, 2024
St Jerome Parish
995 S Silver Lake St Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066 United States
Formation Leader: Ellen Schlosser, Shelly Buchan
In Progress
1-02217
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 9, 2023
All Course Dates: Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 20, Feb 10 & 24, Mar 9 & 23, Apr 13 & 27, Jun 8, 2024
St Joseph Church
34 S Chestnut St New Paltz, New York 12515 United States
Formation Leader: Kate Jonietz
In Progress
1-02243
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 9, 2023
All Course Dates: Sep 8-9, Oct 20-21, Nov 17-18, Dec 1-2, 2023; Jan 5-6, Feb 2-3, Mar 8-9, Apr 5-6, May 17-18, 2024
St Patrick-St Anthony Church
285 Church St Hartford, Connecticut 06103 United States
Formation Leader: Deborah Pelletier
In Progress
1-02229
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: September 9, 2023
All Course Dates: Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, 2024
St Mary Cathedral
219 Seymour Ave Lansing, Michigan 48933 United States
Formation Leader: Hannah Turchi, Pam Turchi
In Progress
1-02233
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 12, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 12-13, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 18, Jun 8, 2024
Holy Family Catholic Church
9800 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville, Florida 32256 United States
Formation Leader: Theresa Grondin
In Progress
1-02264
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 18, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 18-19, 26, Sep 19, 26, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 6, 27 Mar 9, 23, May 1, Jun 3, 29, 2024
St John Neumann
5101 Alton Pkwy Irvine, California 92604 United States
Formation Leader: Rhiannon Jensen
In Progress
1-02169
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 19, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 9, 2023; Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 18, Jun 8, 2024
Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
14139 Seneca Rd Darnestown, Maryland 20874 United States
Formation Leader: Alex Daley, Patricia Howell
In Progress
1-02255
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 19, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 19-20, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 16, 2023; Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 11, Jun 15, 2024
St Patrick Catholic Church
500 NE 16th Ave Gainesville, Florida 32601 United States
Formation Leader: Theresa Grondin
In Progress
1-02210
Level I (ages 3-6)
Format: Monthly
Start Date: August 19, 2023
All Course Dates: Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 2, 2023; Jan 13, Feb 17, Mar 2, 16, Apr 20, May 18, Jun 1, 2024
St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
89 Briggs Ave Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201 United States
Formation Leader: Kate Jonietz
In Progress

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