Open to preschoolers (age 4+) and kindergarten children.
This program offers:
songs, games, crafts, and prayer based on each Sunday’s Gospel
age-appropriate lesson goals that emphasize the Creed, Scripture, Sacraments/Mass, Moral Development and Prayer
a strong emphasis on our Catholic Identity
take-home ideas and resources to strengthen family faith activities
weekly updates for parents and parishioners
opportunities to serve (share with) others, including our community
The Elementary Faith Formation Program at St. Mary’s takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45 PM and runs from mid-September to early May. Licensed teachers are hired to teach the students. The core curriculum is Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Lessons prepare children to hear the gospel for the weekend Mass. This publisher also has online support at pflaum.com where students can access additional activities, as well as a monthly newsletter for parents to help you reinforce their lessons at home. Each grade level will also have a set of prayers that they will master by the end of the year. These prayer expectations are set forth by the Diocese of St. Cloud and are consistent with what is expected of the St. Mary’s Elementary School children.
With the help of Father Steve, the teaching staff is committed to offering educational and spiritual experiences outside the classroom as well. These activities may include learning sessions in the church, Stations of the Cross, service projects, seasonal prayer services, a teaching mass, and reconciliation.
Open to members of Church of St. Mary who are entering 2nd grade.
This year preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion will be presented with Faith, Fun, and Food byThe Blessed Brigade. Students and their parents will begin lessons using technology, experiments, and hands on learning to understand our rich Catholic faith, and become prepared to receive these sacraments like never before!
As you walk this path with Jesus, be prepared to be BLESSED !
1st Reconciliation & 1st Communion Schedule
1st Reconciliation Prep Dates: October 15 & 29; November 5, 12, & 19;
Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation: December 3
1st Communion Prep Dates: February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sacrament of 1st Communion: Saturday, April 25, 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 3, 10:00 AM
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Overview of Ministry
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered to all children in grades K-5 during the 10 AM. Sunday Mass. This ministry helps children hear God’s message in a language that is appropriate and in a manner that they understand.
No registration needed.