High School Faith Formation (Grades 9-12)

High School Faith Formation

High School Faith Formation serves all of our parish’s students in grades 9-12. The programs that make up HSFF serve students from five area high schools and include Confirmation preparation, Fellowship in Spirit with Him (FISH) and other various diocesan and parish programs throughout the year.

Registration will open April 8 for the 2019/2020 academic year for Confirmation Preparation and FISH.

Fees for Confirmation Preparation are $55 per student

Fees for FISH are $65 per student

Job Opening!

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is looking to hire a Coordinator of High School Faith Formation. This position is responsible for directing the parish's efforts surrounding faith formation for high school students in grades 9-12. The goal of HSFF is to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person through discipleship building, study and faith sharing groups, retreats, fellowship, service opportunities and mission trips.

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Catholic Theology or Youth Ministry (or equivalent experience) is preferred. A successful candidate will have a heart for Jesus, a strong desire to share their faith with our young people, relate well to youth and adults, and have experience organizing both small and large-scale events.

Please send resume, references and St. Francis of Assisi Employment Application (found below) by July 31 to Christen Cota, the Director of Faith Formation, at:
7075 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50266

St. Francis of Assisi Employment Application


Adult Volunteers Needed!

Adults can volunteer in various ways including:

FISH small group leaders

Confirmation small group leaders

HSFF event support

Youth and High School Faith Formation Advisory Team

  • The purpose of the Youth and High School Faith Formation Advisory Team is to develop a multifaceted approach to faith formation by identifying, creating, and offering a variety of resources and opportunities for youth and family faith formation. To learn more please call the Faith Formation Office.


Confirmation Preparation

Students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during the fall of their sophomore year. Formation takes place during their freshman year.

  • Ninth-grade students attend six small group preparation sessions designed to help the students strengthen their own faith lives
  • Small groups meet on the first Wednesday during the months of September, October, November, February, March, and April
  • Before attending their first session, students are asked to complete their Faith HABITS worksheet
  • Students register the summer prior to their ninth-grade year

2019-2020 Confirmation Small Group Schedule 

Wednesday, September 4, 7:15-8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 2, 7:15-8:30 pm

Wednesday, November 6, 7:15-8:30 pm

Wednesday, February 5, 7:15-8:30 pm

Wednesday, March 4, 7:15-8:30 pm

Wednesday, April 1, 7:15-8:30 pm


Fellowship in Spirit with Him (FISH)

FISH is our high school youth ministry program open to ALL 9-12 grade students.

When is FISH?

  • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Wednesday of the month September through April

FISH in March

March 13:  Franciscan Third Order, Companions of Francis

March 20:  No FISH, Spring Break

March 27:  InnerVisions Healthcare, Sanctity of Life


In the 2019/2020 school year, the students will be invited to share in the opportunity to grow in their faith and become better acquainted with the Gospels as we follow the Alpha Youth series; included each week is the chance to share a meal together and discuss issues about our faith. The Alpha Youth series mirrors the Alpha series being offered to adults in our parish. You can learn more about Alpha Youth here. (https://alphausa.org/alpha-youth-series) Each month students will also be invited to take part in service opportunities, social events, and other faith building events outside of Wednesday nights.


Upcoming Dates

  • FISH:  Wednesday, March 13 & 27
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting for 2020 Confirmation, Tuesday, March 26, 6 pm








Deb Barry

High School Faith Formation Director
515-440-1030 ext. 103