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

GIFT – Growing In Faith Together
Thank you to all of our families who attended our Closing Celebration last week.  We had a great turnout as we reviewed our topic of the Liturgical Year.

Please visit our website (right sidebar on this page) to find registration forms for our GIFT program for 2017-18.  Early bird pricing runs through mid August.

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.  Remember if your student is already part of MSP, there is no need to register again.

First Eucharist Notes
Congratulations to all the children who celebrated their First Eucharist this weekend.  We pray that you will always cherish this sacrament as it brings you closer to God.  Look for photos next week.

Mark your calendars for First Eucharist practice.
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  or visit the parish office for registration forms.

Confirmation Happenings
Second Year StudentsMark your calendar for our Confirmation Practice on Sunday, May 7 from 7-8 PM.  A parent or sponsor must accompany the student.

First Year StudentsYour “Come Holy Spirit” journal that you completed with your sponsor is now due.  Please turn it in along with your Service Hours Log.  If you need more time for the journal, please contact me.

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.

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