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

GIFT – Growing In Faith Together
It’s hard to believe that our final session of the GIFT year is upon us.  Mark your calendars for our Closing Celebration for ALL families on Friday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  This is a great family event that we don’t want you to miss.  There will be games, food, and many fun family activities as we review all that we’ve learned in GIFT.  See you there!

Middle School Program
At our session last week, we discovered 10 great reasons to be Catholic.  Our faith should be a source of pride, and we presented the students with some food for thought.  What’s your favorite reason that makes you proud of your faith?

Our next session meets on Wednesday, March 29, and we will be looking at scripture stories about sightings of Jesus after his resurrection.  How did the disciples feel when they recognized they were in the presence of Christ?

Our final session of the year will be on April 12.  Remember that if you are currently enrolled in MSP, you don’t need to register again for next year.

Students entering sixth grade (or new seventh graders) in the fall can register for MSP by visiting our website and downloading the form, or stop by the office to pick one up.

First Eucharist Notes
Mark your calendars for First Eucharist practice.
Mass time- April 29, 5 PM—Practice- April 25, 6 PM
Mass time- April 30, 9 AM—Practice-April 25, 7 PM
Mass time-April 30, 11 AM—Practice-April 25, 8 PM
Mass time– May 6, 5 PM—Practice—May 2, 6 PM

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 on the right sidebar of this page or visit the parish office for registration forms.

Confirmation Happenings
Confirmation Interviews are now being scheduled for all second year students.
Confirmation Interview Sign-up

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.

Easter Schedule
Child care and preschool will be offered at the 11 AM and 11:15 AM Masses only on Easter morning.  There will be no Children’s Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Masses.

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 now underway 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.


Religious Formation 2015 – 2016