Faith Formation addresses the formation needs of the parish. This group develops a parish awareness of, and commitment to, lifelong learning and formation. The committee develops and coordinates Christian formation/ education in the parish. Programs serve to provide opportunities to grow in faith for all ages.
Faith Formation Groups and Committees
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated in the second grade and the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 11th grade. Parents participate in their child’s preparation and may be asked to help in other ways. For Sacraments, contact the Director of Life Long Faith Formation in the fall.
Confirmation catechists work in teams of two with a small group of 10-12 teens during the year of Sacramental Preparation and discernment. Lessons, materials and training are provided, and catechists are responsible for
scheduling and facilitating small group discussion on faith and Catholicism. Catechists also attend a weekend retreat with their small group, as well as supporting their small group at the Sacrament of Confirmation.
teachers help to prepare adults for full communion with the Catholic Church. Parishioners are also needed to “sponsor” a candidate by prayer and encouragement, participation in classes and acting as a link to parish members. Instruction provided.
Adult & Family Ministry is dedicated to the ongoing education, spiritual growth, and faith development of adults and families within our parish. Over the years this ministry has played a role in developing a spirit of community and a hunger to learn more about Jesus through a variety of faith formation opportunities.
Ministers with the Christian Formation Director to provide our children and youth with love and knowledge of our Catholic faith. Areas of formation are: preschool (ages 3-5), elementary (grades 1-8), youth (grades 9-10), Confirmation (grade 11) and high school seniors (grade 12). Training and support provided.
This is typically a small group of children (less than 10), grades 4K through 4th grades. Catechists lead the children through a children’s version of the Sunday Liturgy of the Word during mass times.
In early summer, youth of the parish may attend a mission trip outside the city or state. Chaperones are needed to make these trips possible.
The goal of Youth Ministry is to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, draw young people toward responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community, and foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. To that end, we base our programs and events on how scripture and Catholicism can be a part of everyday life. We offer LIFE Formation classes for those in grades 7-10, Confirmation preparation during the junior year of high school, as well as retreats, rallies, and social gatherings in order to encourage faith and a sense of community during the teen years.
participants meet regularly for the purpose of prayer, faith sharing, mutual support, learning and mission. The members of each group determine the purpose of the SCC, the meeting schedule and where they will meet. Groups are available for men only, women only, couples, mixed groups, etc. New groups can be formed at any time based upon interest and need
promotes vocations and develops and coordinates vocation-related activities.
youth mission is a component of Faith Formation that develops the concept of youth stewardship and leadership through meaningful work, structured faith exploration, adult role modeling, and faith sharing. Youth Mission is a week of service that takes place in the summer.
Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study)
Volunteer couples are needed to lead this program for newly engaged couples. Training is provided by the Archdiocese, and takes approximately one-half day. The FOCCUS facilitator couple meets with the engaged couple 2 or 3 times for about an hour per session. The sessions are conducted in a relaxed environment. The process involves the engaged couple completing an inventory of questions, and then discussion afterward.
Offered at St. Mary and St. William, this organization is made for women from all walks of life who promote the spiritual welfare of their members and families and the Catholic education of children.
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This ministry is compromised of men of the parish who meet in fellowship and prayer to learn together and discuss how to live out their faith and practice the principles of the Catholic tradition. This ministry is available at St. Mary Parish.