Course Description

WE MAKE DISCIPLES Parish Discipleship Program for Families

An invitation to All Parishioners

WE MAKE DISCIPLES, the slogan used by our pastor Fr. Steve Kunkel to define the parish’s mission, refers to Jesus’ desire to make each one of us His followers. By being called, formed, and sent by Jesus, He invites us to use our gifts, talents and our entire lives to love and serve Him and each other.

Sacramental Preparation Formation

All are welcome to this process, but for those teens and children interested in receiving Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Confession, it will be our required process of sacramental preparation.


Dates/Times

Wednesday Nights for Families.

6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Begins with Parent Orientation on September 2.

Open to all families with children/teens grades 2-12.  Parents required to attend.  

These sessions are required for all parents/guardians and children/teens preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Confession (either one or all of them).

Cost: $45/family.


Participate from Home

We will begin the year over video conferencing via Zoom, so you can participate from your home.

Institute Director

Eric Westby, Phd

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of ymcentral.com and rciacentral.com. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • We Make Disciples 2020-2021 for Families

    • Zoom Meeting Information

    • Video - Orientation 09-02-2020

    • Help us to get to know you!

    • Schedule - UPDATED MARCH 24, 2021

    • Do you have a child in 2nd grade preparing for First Confession?

    • Do you have a child/teen in grades 3-12 preparing for either Baptism, Confession, Confirmation and/or Holy Communion?

  • 2

    Wednesday, September 9 - Called by Jesus

    • Participant Worksheet - Overview 1 Called by Jesus

    • Video from Session

    • Video - The Calling of Matthew from The Chosen Series

    • Sharing - Bri Cooney

    • The Calling of St. Matthew - Caravaggio Picture

  • 3

    Wednesday, September 16 - Formed by Jesus

    • Participant Worksheet - Overview 2 Formed by Jesus

    • Video from Session

  • 4

    Wednesday, September 23 - Sent by Jesus

    • Participant Worksheet - Overview 3 Sent by Jesus

    • Video from Session

  • 5

    Wednesday, September 30 - Our Desire for God

    • Our Desire For God - Worksheet Families

    • Video From Session

  • 6

    Wednesday, October 7 - Creation

    • Creation - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 7

    Wednesday, October 14 - The Fall and Original Sin

    • The Fall and Original Sin - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 8

    Wednesday, October 21 - The Old Testament Covenants

    • Session 04 - Old Testament Covenants - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 9

    Wednesday, October 28 - All Saints Celebration

    • Saint Report for Wednesday October 28

    • Handout - Celebrating All Saints at Home

    • Readings - All Saints Day

  • 10

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Jesus' Infancy

    • Session 06 - Jesus Infancy - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 11

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Jesus' Ministry Begins

    • Session 07 - Mark Part 1 - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 12

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Jesus' Parables

    • Session 08 - Mark Part 2 - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 13

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - Jesus' Passion and Death

    • Session 09 - Jesus' Passion and Death - Worksheet Families

    • Advent Resources

    • Video from Session

  • 14

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Jesus' Resurrection

    • Session 10 - Jesus' Resurrection - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 15

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - Advent Mass

    • Session 11 - Jesus - Worksheet Families

  • 16

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - The Church

    • Session 12 - The Church - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 17

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Mary

    • Session 13 - Mary - Worksheet Families

    • Watch the Wedding of Cana scene from ‘The Chosen’, Episode Five - The Wedding Gift:

    • Video from Session

  • 18

    Wednesday January 27, 2021 - Baptism and Confirmation

    • Session 14 - Baptism and Confirmation - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 19

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - The Eucharist

    • Session 15 - The Eucharist - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 20

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - Sacrament of Reconciliation

    • Session 16 - Reconciliation - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 21

    Wednesday, February 24. 2021 - Life in Christ

    • Session 17 - Life in Christ - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 22

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - Prayer from the Heart

    • Session 18 - Prayer from the Heart - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 23

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - The Battle of Prayer

    • Session 19 - Battle of Prayer - Worksheet Families

    • Movies on the Life of St. Patrick

    • Video from Session

  • 24

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - The Our Father

    • Session 20 - The Our Father - Worksheet Families

    • Diocese of Phoenix: Holy Week Resource

    • NO SESSION MARCH 31 - HAVE A BLESSED HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

    • Fr. Steve on St. Faustina and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (1 Hour Talk)

    • Video from Session

  • 25

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - Heaven

    • Session 21 - Heaven - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 26

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - The Mass with Fr. Steve

    • Video from Session

  • 27

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Spreading the Gospel

    • Session 22 - Spreading the Gospel - Worksheet Families

    • Video from Session

  • 28

    Wednesday April 28, 2021 - Confirmation Over with Fr. Steve

    • Video with Fr. Steve

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