High School Discipleship: 9th – 12th Grades

High School Discipleship is open to all High School Youth

“When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ who is the fullness of humanity.” -St. John Paul II



Sunday Discipleship for all High School Teens- plus 1st Grade to 8th Grade and Adults

Hello Christ the King Families!
Religious Formation and registration is now open for 2023/2024!
Fr. Carl Wertin, Sarah Nelson, Zack Garduno, and I have been working hard this summer to make our “Formation for All” the best it can be.  We have lots of great new changes – come to our Kick-Off to find out more (info below)!
Registering your 1st – 12th grade students is a two-step process.
  1. Register your children with the first link.  You will need to do a separate “form” for each child.  Click on “Registration” button below.
  2. Pay on our online payment site.  Click on the “Payment” button below.  (If you would prefer to pay by check, you can mail it in or bring it to class.)
Religious Formation fees:
One child = $40
Two Children = $55
Three or more children = $70
Please Note:  We will no longer have religious formation classes for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten children.  We will, however, have daycare during class time! You are welcome to bring your younger children to daycare.  You do not need to register or pay for daycare children .
We will begin the year with a Fall Kick-Off on Sunday, September 10 in Adrians Hall at noon (after the 11 am Mass).  We will have lunch and games and a short introduction to the year.  All ages are invited!
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 17 from 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Little Flower Formation Center (building east of the church).  All ages – parents, high school, middle school, elementary school and daycare children – will meet on the same times on the same days.  We will meet every other week, with special events and additional opportunities on the “off” weekends.  See our schedule below.  I have attached a pdf on the bottom of the page if you want to print one out.
I will have paper registrations and paper schedules in the Narthex beginning this weekend.  You can register that way as well!
We are looking forward to the year ahead!  Feel free to respond to this email or call me with any questions.
Blessings on your family –
Laura Escalera
Pastoral Associate for Religious Formation
(719) 542-9248 ext. 113

High School students and chaperones from the Pueblo Diocese at the Benedictine College Youth Conference (BCYC) in Kansas.

2022/2023  Middle and High School Discipleship Schedule – (click here)

Both Confirmed and Non-Confirmed High School teens are invited to attend our High School Youth Discipleship.

Youth are encouraged to continue growing in relationship with Christ throughout High School.  Discipleship formation includes opportunities for prayer, for dialogue, and for entering more deeply into the mysteries of Christ and His Church. Additionally, our youth ministers offer a wide variety of growing opportunities– such as weekly gathering, small group discussions, Adoration, National and Local retreats, dodgeball tournaments and more!

Our Goals for the Youth at Christ the King reflect the document “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”

  • Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.


What makes Youth Discipleship unique at Christ the King?

Our Discipleship is led by faith filled enthusiastic young adults.  Their Catholic faith is alive and real to them, and they are eager to engage the high school teens and walk with them as they journey closer to Christ throughout their High School years.

Youth Peer Leaders – Teens are encouraged to become more deeply involved by becoming Teen Peer Leaders. Zack would love to share more with you!

Activities for the Summer and past youth activities


Photos of recent Youth Events and Activities here at Christ the King

Questions about the Sacrament of Confirmation? Check out the Confirmation tab under Sacraments.











Pictures from Steubenville July 2002:


At each Mass we proclaim that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments, and indeed all  ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself.

Youth and families are welcome to share their gifts and talents within any of the following ministries:

  • Lector
  • Altar Server
  • Greeter
  • Hospitality/Usher
  • Music Ministry
  • Communion Minister (once they are Confirmed)

Training and mentorship offered for any of the above ministries. Contact the Parish Office for further details!

High School Newman Clubs


Are you a high school student who attends East, Centennial, Central or South? Did you know that there is a Newman Club at your school that meets once a week during all the lunch periods?  Newman Clubs provide food (yes – free food!) and a great place to talk about Catholic faith issues with other students and Catholic youth ministers.  You don’t even need to be Catholic – invite your friends.  Here is where and when they meet.  Stop in and check it out!

East High School – Mondays in Mr. Terry’s room (Room #37)

Centennial High School – Tuesdays in the Art Room (Room 418)

South High School – Wednesdays in Mrs. Tkacik’s Room (Room 25)

Central – Tuesdays in Room 315

Newman Clubs are sponsored in part by the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Pueblo.


Your life has meaning! Let us help you hear and answer God’s call!

Keep praying about God’s plan for your happiness!

“How am I called to love?” This is one of the first questions that a person who is discerning should ask.
Discernment is to enter into a search so as to be lead by the holy spirit and the Church and eventually arrive at a solid understanding of and faith in God’s plan for your life.  Simply put, to discern is to allow the Holy Spirit to make a very big decision that will impact your life, your relationship with God, and others around you in a tremendous way!
The four primary vocations that a persons discernment will lead them to are:
Religious Life, Single Life, Priesthood, or Married Life.

​The Vocation Director and Office are here to help: 

Working with any person in the Diocese of Pueblo who is discerning their vocation.
Fr. Carl, the vocation director, has 3 years of priesthood experience, 2 years working in the vocations field, a certificate in Seminary Formation- March 2019, frequent communication with religious sisters, and a joy for living out his vocation and helping others find and live theirs.
He is readily available via call or text or e-mail or social media.
719-680-1971 or cwertin@dioceseofpueblo.org or @frcwert
Vocations Website
Feel free to take a peek at and be aware of the diocesan web page for vocations!
Young Men:

All young men age 14 and older, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood, are invited to contact   Fr. Carl at 719-680-1971 (Call or Text) cwertin@gmail.com or the Vocations Office at 719-544-9861 ext. 1116.

Young Men’s Discernment Retreats- There will be periodic discernment retreats throughout the year. Please continue to check back here or at the Diocese of Pueblo Vocations page.

Young Women:

Periodic Retreats and discernment dates are set throughout the year for those who may have questions about serving in the Church. Ladies, if you have questions please contact Fr. Carl at 719-680-1971 cwertin@gmail.com or the Vocations

Young Woman’s Discernment Retreat held at different locations and dates. Please contact Diocese for further details.

Adult Fellowship and Formation:

There are many Adult Formation opportunities throughout the year.  These can be found under the Adult Formation tab.  All are welcome!


Questions? Feel free to contact Sarah Nelson at (719) 542-9248 ext. 121 or email Sarah at snelson@ctkpueblo.org (Youth Ministry Administrator)

High School Discipleship COORDINATOR:

Dedicated and passionate about their relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church, our High School Discipleship Coordinator, Zack Garduno is waiting to meet your youth. Come and join us!

Zack Garduno (719) 542-9248 Ext. 114

Zack Garduno is a longtime member of Christ the King.