Children

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

GIFT Registration – Are you looking for a religious education program that is exciting and motivating for your child? Do you want to be more involved in your child’s faith formation? Then the GIFT program might be a great fit for you! We are accepting registrations for Fall 2018 for kids in grades K-5. Please visit our website to learn more about the program and to download forms (see sidebar), or pick one up outside the Religious Education office. GIFT will begin in September.

Middle School Program – Calling all sixth graders! We are accepting registration for the next school for students in grades 6-8. If you were in our program this year, you will not need to register again. Forms are available online (sidebar on this page) and outside the Religious Education Office. MSP begins in September.

Confirmation Happenings
We pray for those who will be confirmed this weekend.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I may love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend what is Holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen

Registration is underway for all students  entering seventh grade in the fall.  Forms can be found online (sidebar on this page) and outside the Religious Education Office.

First Eucharist
What a joy it is to witness the celebration of First Eucharist!

Registration is underway for Eucharist and Reconciliation for all students entering grade two in the fall. Forms can be found online (sidebar on this page) and outside the Religious Education office.

Here are some photos from our First Eucharist celebrations.

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.

Take a look at the artwork made by the children during Children’s Liturgy of the Word. They decorated an ornament telling what Christmas is to each of them. Responses included Jesus, Joy, Family, Peace and Love!

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.