Faith Formation Ministry Ages 1-4

Cross Step (formerly known as Play & Pray) is the newest addition to St. Francis of Assisi’s Cross faith formation programs.  Cross Step is for children ages 1 (and walking) through 4 years old.  Registered children attend Cross Step while their parents attend Sunday 9:00AM mass.  The children will learn about the Gospel for that week and participate in interactive, age-appropriate hands-on activities to teach them about our Catholic faith and traditions.  Children attending Cross Step spend a faith-filled hour with trained, responsible coordinators and volunteers and have fun while they are “playing and praying.”  

 Cross Step 2022-2023 (formerly Play & Pray) Registration is Open!


Please see below for registration information:

Interested in sharing your faith with young children in a fun-filled and loving environment? 
The Cross Step program is currently seeking part-time employees to lead our Parish’s preschool-aged faith formation classes for the upcoming 2022-2023 year. Our classes occur during the 9:00 am Sunday Mass and consist of playing, praying, sharing a short Gospel-based lesson that is provided in advance, and participating in a related arts-and-craft activity. No teaching experience is necessary, just the desire to have fun and share God’s Word. Sharing a couple hours of your time on Sundays can forever transform a child’s faith-journey! Please contact for more information.

Interested in volunteering? We could use your help as well! Click Here.

Cross Step (formerly Play & Pray) Program Information

CROSS STEP (formerly Play & Pray) partners with St. Francis of Assisi families by providing their children with a strong foundation on which to build their lifelong faith journey.  Parents have the opportunity to fully engage in the mass as their children enjoy hearing stories about Jesus and learning about our Catholic traditions through age-appropriate lessons and hand-on activities.  Using Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies’ “Seeds” curriculum, children will learn the Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary and the Our Father while socializing with other Cross Step participants in a safe and nurturing environment.    

All of our classrooms are staffed with experienced, consistent caregivers, along with rotating trained volunteers.

How to Register

Watch our Video Tutorial!

View this brief video tutorial on how to register using the web version of Realm.

Click the video below to get started.

Registering for Faith Formation at St. Francis requires you to log into your family’s Realm account.


Follow the steps below to register:

1: Log in to Realm

(You must first log in to your family’s Realm account to register.)

Step 2: Click on the Events tab (left side of your screen) or the Events Icon in the Realm Connect app.

Step 3: Click on “All Events” and locate the event for which you would like to register.

Step 4: Click on the event to get started!

If you need assistance, please contact Janie Hebert, Administrative Assistant for Faith Formation, at

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