Children

RELIGIOUS FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Sherry Link
Coordinator of Children’s Formation
Phone:  (248) 243-0259

EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS AUGUST 14! 

GIFT – Growing In Faith Together
GIFT is a family religious education program for K-5 students along with one or both parents.  We explore topics together as a family, and have breakout sessions for the individual grade levels as well as a parent breakout where the topic is explored in more depth.  What a great way to carve out time to learn about your faith as a family!

We are accepting registrations for our family religious education program, Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) for all students in grades K-5.  Early bird registration runs through August 15, so be sure and turn your forms in.

Links to registration forms for our GIFT program for 2017-18 are located in the right sidebar on this page. You can also pick up a form in the parish office.

Middle School Program
We are looking ahead to MSP in the fall of 2017.  All incoming 6th graders are encouraged to sign up for our program.  We offer a unique approach to religious education for the middle school student in an environment of fun, faith and friendship.  See our website for registration forms or stop by the parish office. (Links to forms are in right sidebar on this page)  Register now as prices increase after August 14.  Remember if your student is already part of MSP, there is no need to register again.

First Eucharist Notes
Attention all second grade families! We are accepting registration for First Eucharist for those students entering second grade this fall.   Whether you attend public or private school, preparation takes place in your home parish.  See the links to the forms in the right sidebar or visit the parish office for registration forms.

Confirmation Happenings
Do you have a student in seventh grade? Registration is underway for students entering seventh grade this fall.  Confirmation preparation is a two year process beginning in the seventh grade.  All students in either public or private school need to register for the sacrament in their home parish.  See links on the right sidebar of this page or stop in the office for registration forms.

Second Year Students-remember that you can continue to work on service hours over the summer.  I will notify you of any opportunities that come my way.  RARA is often in need of volunteers as well as the Rainbow Connection in downtown Rochester.  Hours completed over the summer will ease your requirements during the school year.

We’ve been assigned a Confirmation date for 2018.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 PM.  It happens to be Pentecost Sunday which is a perfect day to be confirmed!

Upcoming Events
First year student/parent meeting:  Monday, October 16, 6:30-7:15 PM
Second year student/parent meeting: Monday, October 16, 7:30-8:15 PM

Sunday Morning Children’s Programs
We have several choices for families with young children on Sunday mornings:

Child Care Room (St. Andrew Room) – Have you stopped in to see our  child care room on Sunday mornings? You’ll find toddlers busy playing, doing puzzles, looking at books and having a great time while Mom and Dad are enjoying Mass. This drop-in program is available for children ages 12– 36 months during 9 and 11 AM Mass. We encourage you to give it a try!

Sunday Morning Preschool (St. Thomas and St. Jude classrooms) – Our Sunday morning Preschool program is available during 9 and 11 AM Masses. St. Mary’s staff members are eager to spend the hour with your child, engaging them in song, stories, and activities to help build the foundation of their faith, while you are freer to participate in Mass. This is a drop-in program for 3, 4 and young 5-year-olds, not yet in kindergarten.  Come join the children who have already discovered this new program!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Gym) – This is for children in grades K-5 in the gym.  Children are dismissed just prior to the start of Mass to hear the readings and message and return after the homily.

Registration is not necessary for any of these programs. We hope your children will take advantage of these new offerings at St. Mary’s! If you have any questions, please call Sherry Link at (248) 243-0259 or email Sherry Link.

Here are some children making cards for the seniors at Grovecrest Assisted Living while they were in Children’s Liturgy of the Word.