“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)
Our Faith Formation Elementary Program 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 our elementary school families.
Family Faith Formation entails both students and parents attending, learning, praying, and participating in the faith journey together. This year at St. Mary’s, our faith formation approach includes one monthly “LIFT: Living in Faith Together” session, where parents and students will gather once a month following the format described below. Families will then be provided online lessons, activities, discussions, and prayer geared toward growing the faith of your family, the faith of your individual children, and your own faith as a parent, for the next two “at-home” lessons.
We will also provide “Our Catholic Identity” catechism workbooks for the grade level of each of your children as an extra resource, or for families who would prefer to use a book rather than online materials for family catechesis. Each lesson in the book is very user-friendly and has only two pages, including an activity page.