RELIGIOUS FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Coordinator of Children’s Formation
Phone: (248) 243-0259
GIFT –Session 10 – Sunday, March 17 or Friday, March 22 – Our theme for this session will be Caring For God’s Creation. We’ll take a look at the creation story from Genesis and visit several stations to help us learn to be good stewards of our earth.
Don’t forget to bring in an empty tp roll for each child in your family. If you can bring in any extras, that would be appreciated. We’ll re-purpose these at one of our stations.
First Eucharist – Jesus Day—March 16, 9:30-Noon OR March 23, 12:30-3 PM
The “Gift of Eucharist” workbook is due as well as the completed Eucharist banner when you attend Jesus Day.
Thank you to the NET Ministry Team for presenting a great retreat for our second year Confirmation students. It was an awesome day filled with moving dramas, funny skits, personal testimonies, small group discussion, spiritual reflection and reconciliation. We are grateful for the leadership they provided.
A special thank you goes out to the Baylon, Timko, Fraser and Greig families for providing a home for the retreat leaders for two nights. We appreciate your hospitality!
The Confirmation Interview sign up is available for our second year students. Be sure and reserve a spot.
First year students—your “Come Holy Spirit” journal and service hours log for your first year should be turned in by Easter.
We welcome our new Children’s Liturgy of the Word teacher, Alison Parke! Alison has been a catechist for our GIFT program for the last few years and has helped out in various roles in religious education as well. We’re excited to have her lead our children on Sunday mornings as they hear the day’s readings and discuss what Jesus’ teachings mean for their lives. Please be sure and welcome Alison in her new role!
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” -banner made by our GIFT families for this year’s topic of Social Justice.
Sunday Morning Children’s Programs
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.