St. Ambrose Parish

Faith Formation


The faith community of St. Ambrose through it's Youth Faith Formation is committed to carry on the catechetical mission of the Church by effectively supporting parents in their role as primary teachers of the Catholic faith. We strive to instill within our youth a Catholic identity, to cultivate religious literacy, and develop a sense of social justice and service. We endeavor to plant the seeds of knowledge that will grow deeply in appreciation for liturgy and prayer. We trust that through participation in the sacraments, our students may encounter the living Christ, and be formed as true disciples, prepared to witness the mercy and salvation of God to the world.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Ages 3-5

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based faith formation program based on the educational principles of Maria Montessori. It offers a pathway for even the youngest child to experience the joy of entering into the mystery of God. At St. Ambrose Parish, we have a Level 1 atrium for children ages 3-5. This atrium is a sacred space dedicated to CGS where children retreat from the noisiness of the modern world and enter a place of prayer. Child sized furnishings, manipulatives, and objects based on Scripture and Liturgy placed in the atrium encourage joyful self-discovery, foster community, and accommodate all learning styles. This approach, like all Montessori methods, respects children's individualism by allowing each child to grow and explore at their own pace. By allowing the child this natural path to unfold, they encounter Jesus and their faith in a deeply personal way.

2019-2020 Schedule and Registration Forms coming in early June!

 If you have any questions regarding Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please contact Judy Derbacher or Cyndie Baker.


 Family of Faith

Grades 1 - 8

Family of Faith is a catechesis approach for grades 1-8 that allows the parents to grow in their depth of faith along with their children. This model restores the rightful role of the parents as the first, primary, and therefore most effective faith educators of their children. We know that faith is something that is lived, not something merely studied. It's a relationship and unless it's fostered in the home, the faith really can't take root. Family of Faith catechesis allows for the entire family to be formed in teh faith and to take that into their lived experience of the home. 

Family of Faith consists of a combination of gatherings at the Parish and lessons in the home. Parents gather together once a month for a time of teaching and discussion on the monthly topics. This meeting is meant to help parents grow in their personal faith so they can assume their role as the primary educator and catechist of their children. Over the course of the month at home, parents pass on what they learned to their children with the assistance of a parent guide and child activity books. Finally, the entire family gathers together with other families at the parish to review the month's lessons and take part in a varitety of community building activities. Since most of the teaching is done in the home and gatherings at the Parish are twice a month regardless of the number/ages of children in the home, families have found this schedule to be very conducive to their busy schedules!

2019-2020 Schedule and Registration Forms coming in early June!

If you have any questions regarding Family of Faith, please contact Judy Derbacher, Rose Cassidy or Cyndie Baker.

High School Youth Ministry 

Grades 9-12

When teens reach High School, they will be invited to continue to grow in their faith through a Discipleship module as opposed to regularly scheduled classes. Discipleship isn’t about passing a test or learning facts over a set number of years; it’s a life long journey where someone continues to deepen their relationship with Christ and commits to living their life like His. It reminds us that our Catholic Faith is something to be lived rather than just learned! Through the High School Youth Ministry, teens are provided with opportunites to encounter Christ and grow in an authentic relationship with Him. They are encouraged to take ownership of their faith life and supported in making active, conscious steps on their road to becoming a disciple of Christ. Teens learn what it means to be a disciple by immersing themselves in the life of the parish and getting involved in the different opportunites through the High School Youth Ministry. Click here to see what is going on with the Youth Ministery, here to learn more about Confirmation or contact Rose Cassidy to learn more about these opportunites!


Office of Religious Education


Office Hours

Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9am-1pm

Tues., 9am-6pm

30 Caputo Road, North Branford



Religious Education Staff


Cyndie Baker

Operations Manager

203-484-0403 ext. 305



Judy Derbacher 

Faith Formation Coordinator: Gr 1-6

203-484-0403 ext. 303



Rose Cassidy

Youth Minister: Gr 7-12

203-484-0403 ext. 307


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