“You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” (Rite of Baptism for Children)
St. Mary’s Faith Formation Program for children in Pre-K to 5th grade is here to help assist you in this all-important responsibility as parents, the primary teachers of faith. We provide a process for children and their families to learn about loving God, the Church, and each other. This year we will begin using new materials from Our Sunday Visitor, which incorporates the upcoming Sunday readings, aspects and treasures of our Catholic Faith, and great online resources to use. Pre-K through 8th will use the series and resources, allowing entire families to benefit from growing in faith together.
We look forward to having you with us!
Sessions will be Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:10 AM in the Elementary and Primary School Buildings.
We will also be offering a Pre-school class during the 8:00 AM family Mass in Marian Hall, where pre-school children will be dismissed from Mass before the Liturgy of the Word, and follow their teachers to class. Parents will pick them up in classrooms after Mass.
Sessions for children and youth with special needs are provided at the same time.
Children in 2nd grade who have had at least one year of catechesis will be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (see Sacrament Preparation tab for schedules).Children and youth in 3rd grade or higher who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, and/or Reconciliation/Eucharist can be enrolled in a special Rite of Christian Initiation Program adapted for children, which prepares them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation) and Reconciliation.
A Family Mass is held in Marian Hall of St. Mary’s High School from 8:00 to 8:45 AM for all families.
Grade levels will rotate serving at Mass as readers and gift bearers.
Use our easy online registration to register your family and pay online, or print off registration forms and send them in with your check to the Faith Formation Office at St. Mary’s Church. You may also contact Meagan for more information.
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.