Faith Formation

Sacrament Preparation

Catholic Sacraments: Vehicles of Grace

The seven sacraments are Christ’s own gifts that provide us with His grace, and are fundamental in living the Catholic Faith. The Church describes them as “outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ, for our salvation.”

These divine helps from God, enable us to:
  • Live as His sons and daughters, and members of the Body of Christ
  • Believe the truths, and understand the mysteries of faith
  • Receive forgiveness, strength, and healing when we suffer from sin, or illness
  • Love Him and one another, with the unconditional love He bestows on us
  • Grow in His gift of divine life
It is a most joyous time for families when young people, upon completing their two years of
preparation, receive their sacraments! St. Mary’s Faith Formation Program, in following the Archdiocesan guidelines, offers two year sacrament preparation programs for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. These formative years are opportunities for the entire family to grow closer to Christ, to His Church, and to one another in truly meaningful ways.

Be assured of our daily prayers for all families as you prepare to receive Jesus’ gifts of divine grace!
**2018-19 registration forms will be available after July 1,2018**

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children and Teens

The Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children introduces children and youth in 3rd  grade or higher, who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Reconciliation/Eucharist and who have had little or no catechesis, to Catholicism and prepares them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation) and Reconciliation.

Children who are seeking a fuller relationship with God through the Catholic Church are invited to participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children (RCIC) sessions, or in our Rite of Christian Initiation sessions for teens. A celebration of entrance into our Catholic Christian Community occurs during the Easter season after an eight-month process of prayer, study and spiritual formation has prepared them for this celebration. 

Sessions are held for children 3 rd – 6 th grade on Sunday mornings (September to April) from 9:00 to 10:10 AM in the Elementary and Primary School Buildings. Sessions for teens 7th – 12th grade, meet on Sunday mornings, from 11:00 – 12:30 pm, held in the St. John Neumann room on the main hallway of St. Mary’s Church.

A Family Mass is held in Marian Hall of St. Mary’s High School from 8:00 to 8:45 AM on each Sunday sessions are held, for all who are able to make it. All parents of children and teens in our RCIA program, who are also interested in entering into the fullness of faith in the Catholic Church, are welcome to join our RCIA for Teens class on Sundays.
Come join us, Jesus waits for you here!

Faith Formation Contact

Barbara Rolland
Coordinator of Pre-K to 5 Faith Formation, First Communion & First Penance 

Colleen Mitsopoulos
Coordinator of Middle School Faith Formation & Confirmation

Karen Bruskewicz
Director of Faith Formation 

For Children and Teens:
Karen Bruskewicz
Director of Faith Formation
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 Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.