RELIGIOUS FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Coordinator of Children’s Formation
Phone: (248) 243-0259
GIFT –Growing In Faith Together– Session 2, Sunday, September 29 or Friday, October 4. What a great Opening Celebration we had last weekend as we met many new families and reconnect with many returning families. Children enjoyed learning more about Jesus’ life and the times in which he lived. We look forward to the GIFT year as we Encounter Christ, Grow in Faith, and Witness to Jesus at work in our lives!
Here are some of our GIFT children as they visited stations at our Opening Celebration.
They compared their height to Goliath, got to shoot a sling shot at a target like David did, and received a little something special when they found out who their teacher would be this year in GIFT.
First Eucharist -Registration is underway for the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. The preparation program takes place in your home parish so be sure and sign up. Children participating in GIFT can sign up on the GIFT form. Catholic school students can find the form online or outside the Religious Education office.
First Eucharist Parent Meeting-Tuesday, October 15, 7-8 PM for all who are registered in the preparation program.
Confirmation – Registration is underway for the sacrament of Confirmation. All 7th grade students are invited to enroll in our two year preparation program with the sacrament being celebrated in the spring of 8th grade. Catholic school students need to register with their home parish. Registration forms can be found on our website or outside the Religious Education office door. See the information below concerning the information meeting. If you are enrolled in our Middle School Program (MSP) for religious education, you will automatically be enrolled in the Confirmation preparation program.
First Year Student/Parent Confirmation Meeting (7th grade)-Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-7:15 PM The preparation program will be explained and materials will be passed out for the first year. Please register before attending.
Second Year Student/Parent Confirmation Meeting (8th grade)-Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-8:15 PM Students will receive a list of requirements completed as well as receive additional materials for the second year of preparation.
Sunday Morning Children’s Programs
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Gym) – Children’s Liturgy provides a way for the gospel to come to life for our K-5 students. Children are dismissed just prior to the start of Mass to hear the readings and message and return after the homily Here, they are learning that there are many pathways to reach God!
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!
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.