Faith Formation

Holy Trinity Parish is committed to lifelong faith formation. We recognize that all human beings are called throughout their lives to grow as disciples of Jesus. Therefore, we offer formation for preschool children through our Sunday Celebrate program and our School. Families can choose our Blue Ribbon school or our excellent Faith Formation program for their children in grades 1 – 8.  We have a vibrant youth ministry program to serve our high school students.

Holy Trinity provides sacramental formation for parents who present their children for Baptism; for young people preparing for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and for couples preparing for marriage. In addition, many adults join the Church through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process. Our Parish makes adult faith formation a priority by offering a variety of opportunities, including Bible studies, small faith sharing groups, Generations of Faith, retreats and much more.

Through our Faith Formation programs, Holy Trinity continues to strive in helping parishioners form their faith no matter what point they find themselves in their life-long faith journey.


We welcome children to the Liturgy at Holy Trinity.  Children do wiggle and make some noise.  We view these occasional interruptions as part of family life at Holy Trinity. The following paragraphs give you a guide on how to approach the Mass with your children. 

Before coming to Mass, talk with your children about church manners which includes using quiet voices as well as moving quietly and slowly in the church. (i.e. No running)   Sit near the front of church so that your children can see and hear.  If your child is increasingly noisy or restless, it is probably time to briefly leave the church pew.  Feel free to go to the back of church or any of the vestibules.  You can still hear Mass form these areas. 

Take some time to explore the church when it is empty.  The church is open most weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  You may enter the church using the southwest door.  Together, you and your child can discover the many wonderful and interesting parts of the church and feel the history of Holy Trinity.   Teach your children some of the easier prayers we use at Mass.   Start with The Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, and the Sign of Peace.  Teach your child to cross their arms over their chest when proceeding up to the altar in the Communion line. This indicates a desire for a blessing from the Minister of the Eucharist.  In this way, young children feel a part of the Eucharist.

Holy Trinity invites your child to participate in the Celebrate Program.  The Program is open to all children ages 3, 4, 5 (children must be 3 by September) on the first and third Sundays during the 10:30 a.m. Mass throughout the school year (September-May). Registration is required.

Please contact John Mertes at or call 255-3162 ext. 224. We are not having Celebrate classes at this time.

Children 4 through 4th grade are welcome to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 8:30a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Masses.  The children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer and return after the Offertory Hymn.  This is not formal religious education but a gathering where the children hear the readings and the homily appropriate for their level of understanding.  Please contact John Mertes at or call 255-3162 ext. 224.

The Faith Formation Program meets each Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Holy Trinity School Building from September through early May. HT’s Faith Formation Program supports and enriches the faith development of Holy Trinity’s public school students in the 1st through 8th grades. CLICK HERE for the Faith Formation class schedule(grades 1-5) and the Edge Schedule(grades 6-8).  CLICK HERE for Registration Form. For questions, contact John Mertes at or call 255-3162 ext. 224.

Virtus Training is required for all volunteers that work with children at Holy Trinity and throughout our Diocese. CLICK HERE to begin training for Virtus Certification.

High School Youth Ministry and Confirmation

We have adopted LifeTeen as our core curriculum for our high school youth.  In short, LifeTeen is a world renowned youth ministry organization that is equipping young people with the tools to become authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.

Life Night is a gathering that takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. usually on Wednesdays for all Holy Trinity High School Parishioners (both Public School and DCHS students).  We will meet in the 8th grade rooms unless noted. Please contact John Mertes at 255-3162 ext. 224 or email  For Life Night Fall 2018 Schedule CLICK HERE.

The Diocese of Des Moines has changed the process for Confirmation.  Parishes have been asked to prepare for and celebrate Confirmation when the young people are in high school.  We feel our young people will continue to grow in faith, hope, and love for the Risen Christ and His Church.  Holy Trinity will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall semester of one’s junior year of high school.  During freshman and sophomore years of high school, young people will enter into preparation and formation for the Sacrament. Please contact Jon Leonetti at or call 255-3162 ext. 1189.

2018 Confirmation Forms

Formation Booklet 2018     2018 Service Experience Record   2018 Confirmation Sponsor Sheet

Charitable & NonCharitable Non---Profit Organization Directory      Updated 2018 Confirmation Meeting Schedule

2019 Confirmation Forms

Formation Booklet 2019      2019 Service Experience Record          Updated 2019 Confirmation Meeting Schedule


CRHP is a spiritual renewal experience that brings adult parishioners together in small groups in order to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other at Holy Trinity.   The Christ Renews His Parish retreats occur once or twice a year for both men and women on separate weekends. This is a way for you to spend time in prayer and fellowship with God and your fellow parishioners.  Christ invites you to answer his call.  Please contact Deacon Tom Bradley at 491-7789 or

For special assistance in Sacramental inquiries or preparation, please contact the Holy Trinity Office at 255-3162 ext.1128.

Holy Trinity offers several different programs for the study of the Bible and our Catholic Faith.  Please contact Deacon Tom Bradley at or call the Parish Office at 255-3162 ext. 1128.

  1. Catholicism Study Program-September thru December 2013: Fr. Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.  Unlike a video lecture, Church history, or scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.  Classes begin September 24th.
  2. The Great Adventure Bible Series-January 7th thru May 2014:  We are pleased to announce that Holy Trinity will host The Great Adventure Bible Study  which reveals the family story of our faith. We are starting Tuesday January 7th at 6:40‐8:30 pm for 24 weeks. This study covers salvation history in a series of 23 DVD talks by scripture scholar Jeff Cavins, complemented by small group discussion, useful maps and charts, and brief assignments for home study. We would like to invite you to join us for this exciting adventure. The Student Guide can be reserved and purchased at Divine Treasures Book Store, at approx. $45. Couples can share a Student Guide. To register, email Deacon Tom at or by phone at 515 491‐7789. Please join us!

On Saturday Mornings, both the men and women of Holy Trinity get together to discuss and prepare for the Sunday Scripture readings. Our HT women meet in the Day Chapel of our Church at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  The HT men meet in the Media Center of our school at 7:30 a.m. as well. Please contact Chris Lang at 278-2560 or Dea Marks at 279-9148.

Since 1972, St. Joseph Educational Center (SJEC) has served as a Catholic adult faith education center supported by the parishes of the Des Moines region. The center exists to help foster in adults a mature Catholic faith that is living, explicit and fruitful. For more information or to sign up for classes CLICK HERE

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and the apostolic work of the Church.  RCIA is designed primarily for those seeking Baptism, but also includes those Baptized Christians from other denominations that may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church.  Baptized Catholics/Christians are also welcome in RCIA if they are seeking Confirmation, thus completing their initiation Sacraments.

The purpose of any process of Christian Initiation is to allow people the opportunity to deepen their encounter with Christ and the Catholic community.  The process involves several aspects; Period of Inquiry, Period of Formation, Period of Sacramental Preparation, Sacraments of Initiation, and a Period of Growth and Reflection.  Know that Holy Trinity Church welcomes you or if you have been away, welcomes you back to our Catholic Church. Please contact Jim Wilwerding at 771-1847/ or call the Parish Office at 255-3162 ext. 1128.

The Faith Formation Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and Director of   Faith Formation as the Parish seeks to provide lifelong formation in faith to all members.  The committee has drafted and is enacting at this time a three-year plan for Faith Formation. This group meets quarterly.  Contact Paulette Chapman at or call 255-3162 ext. 1124.