ST. MARY SCHOOL OF RELIGION
The Catholic Faith Formation of St. Mary’s Parish, inspired by the love of Jesus Christ, is committed to build a strong Foundation of Faith for the children and youth in the parish. Faith development begins in the home and parents are the primary teachers and models of our faith. The goal of our religious education program is to assist in the development and growth in their faith, bringing about in our children a deeper knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and drawing our young people into a deeper relationship with God through active participation in the life and ministry of the Church.
SUMMER SESSION - FAITH FORMATION
Children entering grades one through eight attend Faith Formation classes for one week in the summer with an additional instruction day during both Advent and Lent.
SOLEMN PENANCE AND FIRST EUCHARIST
Sacramental programs for Solemn Penance and First Eucharist are scheduled for students in the second grade. Instruction for Solemn Penance commences in September with celebration of the sacrament in November. Instruction resumes in March for preparation of First Eucharist which is celebrated on the last Sunday in April.
Confirmation I instruction begins for students who will be entering grade 8. Those students who have completed the Confirmation I classes and are entering grade 9 can be enrolled in the Confirmation II classes.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for children at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sundays. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, the children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the Church to the Youth Room (lower level in Church). During this special time, the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. They are taught a simplified main message and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. The children return to their family to celebrate Liturgy of the Eucharist together.
RCIA - RITE OF CATHOLIC INITIATION FOR ADULTS
Interested in becoming Catholic or receiving First Communion or Confirmation? Classes run each year from September to Easter. Please contact Fr. Kris prior to September to join our next group. Follow this link to download the RCIA Registration Form