Religious Education & Faith Formation

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

Room Requests

As you are planning your fall bible classes and other ministries, remember to reserve your rooms. Stop by the office to complete a request form for room space.

Schedule Change

In order to facilitate “Faith Formation” (Religious Ed) for all ages, Wednesdays will look different this year. All Faith Formation classes will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm. The school cafeteria will open at 5:00 pm for individuals to bring meals and fellowship. If you would like to recommend a food truck to park at St. Matthew’s on Wednesday nights, please make recommendations to John Bacon, Director of Faith Formation at

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are you, or someone else you know, interested in preparing for and learning more about the Sacraments of the Church? The OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a weekly program that meets each Tuesday evening at 7PM in the Rectory Basement meeting room for classes about the Catholic Christian faith in preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The cycle this year will begin on Tuesday, September 13th, and will be completed at the Feast of Pentecost in 2023. If you have any questions or wish for more information, please contact Deacon Charlie Harball through the parish office, at 406-752-6788.

That Man is You

St. Richard Parish will be offering the 13 week TMIY program. It began September 15th in the Pearce Center at 7 pm. For more info, contact Gary George at 937-241-1989 or


Stress in Your Marriage? - Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. This program has helped tens of thousands of couples. Retrouvaille is for any couple who would like to rediscover their marriage and improve communication. Our next program begins on October 28, 2022.

Education for Children

Elementary | Grades k-5

Elementary Faith Formation is held on Wednesdays evenings from 6 - 7:00 PM.  To sign up, call the parish office at 752-6788.

Youth | Grades 6-12

Faith Formation is offered for youth on Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 7:00 PM. To sign up, call the parish office at 752-6788.

Registration Form

Confirmation: Confirmation will occur at the discretion of the Bishop. In order to be confirmed, students must be rigorously engaged for a minimum of two years in parish faith formation, as well as engaged in intentional acts of charity.

Registration Forms are at the back of the church and in the Parish Office
Registration is $50 per student, or $80 for a family.
Cash or checks—made to “St. Matthew’s”—are accepted at the Parish Office or by mail:

602 South Main St.
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Education & Support for Adults

Adults are welcome and encouraged to help us in any of the following groups. Call the Parish Office if you’re interested in leading a discussion or sitting in a class.

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)

Have you received all the sacraments? (Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation are the sacraments of initiation.) If not, consider joining OCIA and become formed in the Catholic Faith. Call the Parish Office to learn more.

Women’s Formation

St. Matthew’s offers various small-group women’s studies. Contact the parish office if you have interest in connecting with one.

Other Resources

Parish Missions

Mission dates are announced in the bulletin.

Catholic/bible studies

Opportunities are announced in the bulletin.

Divorce care

To receive support or to start the annulment process, contact the parish office.