Saint Max Church

Faith on Fire


Fuel and Spark Registration for the 2024-2025 year is Open!

Welcome to Faith on Fire!  Faith on Fire is the umbrella term we use for early childhood through high school formation offerings at St. Max.  We pray for our young people to be 'fired-up' about Jesus Christ and His Church and that the fire burns over a lifetime. The flame is ignited at Baptism and nurtured within the family with support from the Church!  Whether your family needs that initial spark to recognize God's presence in your daily life, or fuel to strengthen your journey with Him, we invite your family to participate in our Faith on Fire ministry.  Together let's ignite His fire in our hearts, homes, and faith community to set it ablaze! 

It takes just a couple steps to become part of the journey!  Learn more about Fuel and Spark by clicking on the images below.  If you are registering for Fuel or Spark, click on any of the "Register Here for Fuel and Spark" buttons.

Looking for enrichment opportunites  Junior High/High School Youth Group and Dead Theologians Society: Go to either the Ignite or Ablaze pages to learn more and receive text updates.   Mighty Max: Visit the Mighty Max page to learn more about this enrichment option for 18 months-pre-kindergarten.  Registration will open in August!


For questions about Spark and Fuel contact Mary Lou:  Mary Lou Baker or 513-777-4322 ext. 120

For questions about Ignite, Ablaze, Dead Theologians Society contact our Youth Minister: or

For questions about Mighty Max contact Sarah:  Sarah Lewis or 513-777-4322 ext. 128

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFO:  When you get to the "Medical and Liability Release Form" section on the registration form, download the 2024-25 Liability and Medical Release form to your device (by clicking on the live link), complete, and save for Child #1. (Note:  If you are viewing this on mobile or tablet. you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form electronically.  It is a FREE app).

Upload the completed Liability and Medical Release form  for Child #1 back to us by dropping it in the space provided on the registration form or by clicking 'browse files' to find it on your device.  Repeat these steps as you register each child.  Alternatively you may email completed forms to Mary Lou: or print out and bring to the Parish Office. Additional forms are to the right if you need them.

FORMAL FORMATION - Preschool-Grade 8

Home Study or In-Person Family Gathering Options

Fuel is our mainstream formal formation option. Choose Fuel if:

  • Your eldest child is entering preschool, kindergarten or first grade.
  • Last year your family participated in Spark or Fuel at St. Max, another Catholic parish, or you are coming directly from Catholic School/Catholic Homeschool.
  • Note:  Ongoing participation in formal formation (first grade and up) is required for sacrament celebration. 

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Bi-weekly, In-person

Grade 6-8 Junior High Youth Group

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Seeking Formation Alternatives?

If you have been away for a while or our current formal formation options are not working for your family, reach out to us about re-joining our sheepfold.

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FORMAL FORMATION - For Grade 2 and up Missing Formation

Blended Learning:  Weekly homestudy lessons and In-person Family Gatherings (In-person gatherings are for parents and children)

Choose Spark if:

  • Your child (entering second grade and up) attends public school and missed formation last year.  [If your children are coming directly from Catholic school or Catholic homeschool, then choose the FUEL program.]
  • Note:  Ongoing participation in formal formation (first grade and up) is required for sacrament celebration.

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Weekly, In-person

High School youth group

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ENRICHMENT - 18 Months-Pre-K

Weekly small group faith formation experience.  Parents or guardians attend with their children.

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All adults who work with children need to have a background check and complete the SafeParish Child Protection Program.

SafeParish Information

Ministry Contacts

Mary Lou Baker
(513) 777-4322
Ext 120