Faith Formation

Volunteering

Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteers 18 and older must take the child and youth protection training VIRTUS. Those between 14 and 17 must take Worthy of the Call training.  Click here to read more about the child and youth protection training. 
 
Catechist - Grades Pre-K through 8
Role:  to plan and implement lessons for faith formation sessions using the assigned text and resource materials
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at each session during the faith formation year
  • Maintain class discipline
  • Present the lessons in a manner appropriate for the age level
  • If necessary, arrange for a substitute with the Faith Formation office for times you are unavailable
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith and a willingness to share that with children and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Preparing weekly lessons
  • Attend the weekly 70 minute sessions during the Faith Formation year
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available
 
Aide - Grades Pre-K through 8
Role:  to assist the catechist in the implementation of the lesson for faith formation sessions using the assigned text and resource materials
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at each session during the faith formation year
  • Assist in maintaining class discipline
  • Take attendance
  • Assist in presenting the lesson as the catechist requests
  • If necessary, arrange for a substitute with the Faith Formation office for times you are unavailable
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith and a willingness to share that with children and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Attend the weekly 70 minute sessions during the Faith Formation year
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available

Substitute Catechist - Grades Pre-K through 5
Role:  to be available to implement lessons for faith formation sessions using the assigned text and resource materials and plans the regular catechist has developed
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at scheduled session during the faith formation year
  • Maintain class discipline
  • Present the lessons in a manner appropriate for the age level
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith and a willingness to share that with children and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Attend the scheduled  70 minute sessions during the Faith Formation year
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available
 
Confirmation Preparation Leaders
Role:  To assist with the preparation process for the teens preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at scheduled sessions during the year
  • Maintain discipline
  • Lead activities as determined by the Confirmation coordinator
 
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith, specifically sacramental teachings and a willingness to share that with the candidates and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Attend the six 2-1/2 hour sessions during the Faith Formation year
  • Attend the retreats as scheduled
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available
 
EDGE Core Team Members – Grades 6 through 8
Role:  to assist with various tasks at middle school youth ministry sessions using resource materials and plans the youth minister has developed
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at scheduled sessions during the year
  • Maintain discipline
  • Lead activities in a manner appropriate for the age level
  • May be asked to chaperone other middle school youth ministry events (e.g. retreat, trips)
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith and a willingness to share that with children and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Attend the scheduled  90 minute sessions (monthly) during the Faith Formation year
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available
 
LIFE TEEN Core Team Members – Grades 9 through 12
Role:  to assist with various tasks at high school youth ministry sessions using resource materials and plans the youth minister has developed
Major Responsibilities:
  • Be present at scheduled sessions during the year
  • Maintain discipline
  • Lead activities (namely small group discussions) in a manner appropriate for the age level
  • May be asked to chaperone other high school youth ministry events (e.g. retreats, trips)
Training: Ongoing training may include Catechist and Archdiocesan workshops.
Personal Qualities Needed: A good understanding of the Catholic Faith and a willingness to share that with children and families of the parish.
Time Commitment:
  • Attend the scheduled  90 minute sessions during the Faith Formation year (weekly)
  • Attend Catechist meetings and Archdiocesan workshops as available
 

Contacts for Volunteer Opportunities

Karen Bruskewicz
Director of Faith Formation 
410-990-4062

Barbara Rolland
Coordinator of Pre-K to 5 Faith Formation 
410-990-4053

Colleen Mitsopoulos
Coordinator of Middle School Faith Formation & Confirmation
410-990-4063

Mary Lipscombe
Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry 
410-990-4041
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.