2021-2022 Registrations are now being accepted.

**Scroll down for registration instructions.**

Faith Formation Information

Saint Robert of Newminster Parish envisions faith formation as a year-round discipleship process. Learning/age groups are called by discipleship titles. Our year-round schedule will include three terms: Fall (September-December), Winter/Spring (January-April), and Summer (May-August).

After carefully reading through this information, if you have any questions about faith formation processes at Saint Robert’s, please don’t hesitate to contact the faith formation office: 616-676-9111 ext 114, faithformation@strobertchurch.org.

Learning/Age Groups

  • Teen Disciples (high school grades 9-12)
  • Young Disciples (middle school grades 6-8)
  • Junior Disciples (elementary grades 1-5)
  • Little Disciples (Sunday preschool ages 3-K)

Learning Options

  • Fall & Winter/Spring terms will offer…
  • Weekly on-site faith formation sessions for all levels
    • Home formation with virtual resources for Junior Disciples (grades 1-5)
    • Weekly EDGE for Young Disciples (middle school grades 6-8)
    • Weekly SLICE for Teen Disciples (high school grades 9-12)
  • Summer term will offer…
    • Individual events and activities (VBS, service opportunities, social events, Bible studies, etc.)

Fall & Winter Term Sessions

  • Teen Disciples (high school grades 9-12)
    • SLICE – Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Small Group – Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Young Disciples (middle school grades 6-8)
    • EDGE – Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Confirmation Preparation (grade 8 only) – Monthly, day and time TBD
  • Junior Disciples (elementary grades 1-5)
    • Mondays, 5-6:15 p.m.
    • Mondays, 6:45-8 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, 5-6:15 p.m.
    • Little Disciples (Sunday preschool ages 3-K) – Sundays during the 9:00 & 11:00 Masses

We Need Leaders-Facilitators!

“All baptized believers, in their dignity as children of God, are active participants in the catechetical initiative, and because of this are called to become authentic missionary disciples.” (Directory for Catechesis 2020, 4)

  • The term “catechist” is a blanket term for everyone who passes on the Christian faith. Catechists are faith-filled people who love Christ Jesus and want to share that love of Christ with others. A catechist is one who walks alongside others in the faith journey, learning with them and growing in relationship with Christ Jesus.
  • Catechists are parents, group leaders, facilitators, accompaniers, companions, and sometimes, teachers.
  • Contact the Faith Formation Office if…
    • You love Jesus and want to share that love with others.
    • You don’t know your faith well, but you have a desire to grow in your knowledge of and relationship with Jesus.
    • We will provide you with the resources, so you do not have to worry about it.

Online Registration Process

  • Visit https://grandrapids.parishsoftfamilysuite.com/
  • Enter your Username and Password and click “Log In” if you have completed the online registration process in previous years. If you have never registered online, please follow the New User Registration Process(explained below the session codes)
  • Once you’ve logged in, click on the “My Education”
  • Click “Online Registration”in the blue field just below the tabs.
  • Please review your family details for accuracy and click “Update Your Record”to correct any outdated information.
  • Select 2021-2022for your Enrollment Term.
  • Click “+ Add Student.”
  • From the pop-up menu, select the student you wish to register, add their grade and any learning, allergy, or dietary needs we should be aware of.
  • Select three class preferences specific to your child’s grade.
    • **Refer to the Session Codes below
  • Click “Save Student.”
  • Repeat this process for every child you will need to register.
  • Please note:We ask that you verify the personal information is correct for each of your children in our system before clicking “Submit Registration”. Click “Update Member Record” to correct any discrepancies. If one (or more) of your children are not listed under your family, please contact the Parish Office immediately.
  • You will be redirected to a confirmation page if you have successfully submitted your registration. Families will be notified daily (Monday through Thursday) if the staff have approved your registration and what group your child is in.
  • Instructions to pay online are listed on the next page under Fee

New User Registration Process

  • Visit https://grandrapids.parishsoftfamilysuite.com/
  • Click on “New User?”
  • Select St Robert of Newminster Parish, Ada as your Organization.
  • Create a Username
  • Enter your personal information and your most current email
  • Click “Submit Registration”.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use
  • You will be notified when your user request has been approved. Check your SPAM!
  • Once your request has been approved, log in with your temporary password (provided in your approval email). You’ll need to create a new password upon login.
  • Once you’ve logged in, follow the Online Registration Process

**Please Note: Unless we have a minimum of 10 disciples in a group (a.k.a. “class”), we will not offer that group.**


Autumn & Winter/Spring Terms
  • On-site sessions – $35 per child if registered before August 31; $45 after September 1
  • Home formation & virtual learning – $25 per child if registered before August 31; $35 after September 1
  • Sacrament Fees
    • First Communion/Reconciliation – $20 per child before August 31; $30 after September 1
    • Confirmation – $20 per child before August 31; $30 after September 1
  • Summer term
  • Fees paid per event

Please don’t let cost keep your family from participating. Scholarships are available for families with financial need. Contact Teri Burns for more information.

How to Pay

  • While still in the ParishSoft My Own Church system, click on the “My Offering”tab, then click on “Online Giving” in the blue field just below the tabs.
  • A new tab will open. This is our online giving portal. Select the“Quick Give”  You do not need to create an account.
  • Enter your personal information and address. Under “Gift Information,” select “Faith Formation Registration Fee” as your Fund.
  • If you have any children preparing for a sacrament, you’ll also need to pay the appropriate amount and select “Sacrament Preparation Fee” as your Fund.
  • Please include your child(ren)’s name(s) in the “Special Instructions” box.
  • Click “Next”. You should receive confirmation that your payment has been received. Please contact the Business Office if there are any issues.