Faith Formation

High School Faith Formation

High School Faith Formation

I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God." St. Dominic Savio

Our Faith Formation high school program for 2020-2021 offers a more family centered approach to Faith Formation at St. Mary’s. The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought more restrictions upon us, as we implement new changes for high school faith formation and Confirmation prep.

Family Faith Formation involves both students and parents attending, learning, praying, and participating in the faith journey of the student. At St. Mary’s, our approach this year will provide activities, discussions, prayer, and fellowship geared toward growing the faith of your family, the faith of your teen, and your own faith as a parent.

Program Details

Grade 9: Ninth grade is the first year of formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Teens in 9th grade, with their parents, will use Alpha for Teens online resources provided each month for one at-home lesson, along with one Confirmation packet activity provided each month, which students will complete with their parents or sponsors. Each month’s lessons will be sent via email to families at the beginning of the month they are assigned. Both assignments may be completed at any point within the month they are assigned, and responses should be submitted to our Confirmation team by the due date indicated on the 9th grade calendar.

Grade 10: With their parents, teens in 10th grade will complete one at-home lesson a month using the Chosen Confirmation curriculum to cover a variety of topics as they continue their journey toward Confirmation. In addition to at-home formation, teens and their parents will gather in Seelos Hall at St. John Neumann Church with other parents, teens, and our Confirmation team. Each group of teens and parents will only have one in-person session per month. We will split families into two groups (A and B) based on registration number, as is indicated on the 10th grade calendar. Parents and teens with health concerns may choose to complete the lessons held in Seelos Hall at home.

The format for our monthly in-person nights includes:

5:30-6:00pm: pizza dinner served to tables 6:05-6:30pm: parents and their teens complete an activity, game, or project based on that night’s topic

6:35-7:20pm: students stay in socially distanced small groups for teen catechesis and activities, parents stay in socially distanced small groups for adult catechesis and activities 7:20-7:30pm: Closing prayer and family blessing, followed by announcements and clean up

All high school teens are also invited to attend our new monthly youth nights! These are not required for Confirmation, and are opportunities to gather with other high school teens for social, service, and spiritual activities that will build relationships and foster community, following proper COVID restrictions. A separate youth ministry calendar will be sent out via email once dates are confirmed! We look forward to sharing the journey of faith with you and your families this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we are keeping you all close in our hearts and prayers daily.

High School Faith Formation Contacts

Natalie Pronio
Youth & Young Adult Minister 
npronio@stmarysannapolis.org

410-990-4041

Karen Bruskewicz
Director of Faith Formation 
kbruskewicz@stmarysannapolis.org
410-990-4062

Eileen Messer
Registrar & Administrative Assistant
emesser@stmarysannapolis.org
 
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.