There are seven monthly sessions which form the core of the catechetical faith formation for everyone in the parish. You may choose between the Sunday or Tuesday session of the month. These sessions are family and whole-community centered for all ages. They always include:
- A meal together to begin the evening.
- Exploration of a catechetical theme.
- Take-home resources. This allows you, as an individual or family, to continue to learn about, explore and apply the catechetical theme to your lives.
Our catechetical program further builds upon the monthly sessions with age-specific activities.
- Adults. There are opportunities during the year for Scripture study, evenings of reflection, adult formation topics of interest and so forth. Stay tuned to the bulletin or contact the parish office for specific information.
- Adults in their 20s and 30s. In addition to the sessions for all adults, the North Macomb and Central Macomb vicariates support various activities and opportunities for formation for young adults, whether single or married.
- Teens. The youth ministry component of the parish invites high school teens to gather on some of the Sundays of the year for fun, sharing, service, and learning, along with opportunities in the course of the year for retreats and gatherings with other Catholic teens.
- 1st through 6th grade. There are three sessions in the fall and four in the winter for elementary age children. These sessions are focused on deepening their understanding of Scripture, prayer, and the sacraments, as well as vocabulary and concepts of our Catholic faith.
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word. On Sundays of the year (October – Pentecost) at the 9:30 a.m. Masses, we will offer children’s liturgy of the word during the first part of Mass to help the children explore the Sunday Scripture readings at their own level.
- Vacation Bible School. This takes place in the summer each year for families with children grades 1-6. Grades 7-8 and high schoolers act as aides/helpers for the week, along with other parish volunteers. The 2022 VBS dates are July 18th – 22nd.
Sacraments form us as Catholics and provide the framework within which we live our Catholic Christian identities. Each sacrament has its own set of preparation requirements so that the sacrament can be celebrated fully and actively. For those who are seeking one of the sacraments, in addition to the monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions and age-specific sessions, the following preparation occurs.
First Reconciliation: From second grade on, when a parent believes their child is ready for the sacrament of Reconciliation, and if the child has been part of the religious formation program for two years (this includes the current year), they can bring their child forward as a candidate and prepare their child for First Reconciliation.
First Eucharist: From second grade on, when a parent believes their child is ready for full participation in the Eucharist, and if the child has been part of the religious formation program for two years (this includes the current year) and has made their First Reconciliation, they can bring their child forward as a candidate and prepare their child for First Eucharist.
Confirmation: Confirmation is most often celebrated by teens in the fall of their 9th grade year. All 8th graders (and other teens who have not yet celebrated Confirmation) are invited to consider becoming a candidate for the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of each year. A minimum connection of two years to the formation program as a teen is required for Confirmation.
Initiation: Full initiation into the Catholic Church takes place through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. For those who have not celebrated these sacraments, in addition to involvement in the monthly G.R.A.C.E. sessions, specific meetings are set up.
The parish has built a collection of materials for adults and children that are available to parish members. Click here to see a listing of all the materials in the library. You may call the office and we will “check out” materials and schedule a curbside pick up.