Joe Hastings
Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation
253.272.5136 ext. 110


Faith Formation for youth

St. Leo offers faith formation for middle and high school youth. 

Middle School Youth Group

Middle School Youth Group is a space for our young teenagers, grades 6 to 8, to meet for prayer, education, service, and community. Our group meets every Sunday from 9:15 am to 10:15 am in the William Bichsel Social Hall. In addition, there are fun and service-oriented events scheduled throughout the year.

High School Youth Group

High School Youth Group is a time for our teenagers from grades 9 to 12 to meet for prayer, formation, service and community. This group meets approximately twice each month from 12 pm to 2 pm in the William Bichsel Social Hall. We also celebrate Mass once a month, followed by a potluck lunch. Additional social and service-based events are scheduled each month.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation Preparation for the 2017-2018 year began in November with information sessions, planning assistance, and one-on-one meetings with families. Youth who will be between the ages of 16 and 18 by April 2018 are welcome to begin this process.

Youth Ministry Liturgies

Our youth are active participants at the Masses of St. Leo! Youth-led liturgies occur monthly on a rotating basis at the weekend Masses. Youth from grades 6 to 12 are invited to participate in Mass as acolyte, Eucharistic minister, lector and usher. We also invite youth to serve in the music ministry as cantor, choir members or instrumentalists. Rehearsals occur the Saturday prior to the liturgy.

youth migrant project

During the summer we participate in the Youth Migrant Project, a week long service-learning trip in the Skagit Valley.

Questions?  Please contact the Blair Bellis, St. Leo Youth Minister at 253-272-5136 ext. 111 or She is happy to meet one-on-one and provide more information including:

  • Schedules of events
  • A longer description of our activities
  • Information about Safe Environment training for adults who want to participate.

Volunteer Ministers

Our youth in both groups rely on the adults of our parish to be leaders and great examples! Volunteers can serve in a variety of capacities including chaperones, small group discussion leaders, drivers, and meal/snack preparation. All volunteers must receive a background check, interview, and safe environment training for working with vulnerable populations.