Youth Formation

Dear Parents,

Welcome to St. Mary’s Parish. Our parish supports parents as the primary educators of their children. We take seriously the obligation to assist them in the Religious Education of their children. In our program, the goal of each lesson for each grade is “to teach as Jesus taught.” Jesus is at the heart of all catechesis. We encourage families to attend the Sunday Liturgy together. Faith formation takes place in the context of participation in the Sunday Mass.

Attendance at the Celebration of Sunday Mass is one of the major signs of our faith. Religious Education classes can never replace Sunday Mass. In addition to the example of faith by parents, Sunday Mass and Religious Education are essential elements. We encourage parents to attend the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass (with a child-centered special service) with their younger children from September through May. Middle school aged and above young people may prefer to attend the 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Mass of All Ages from September through May. All of our Masses are celebrated with faith and devotion. Attendance at any Mass is always appropriate. Our parish also is engaged in being the hands of Christ in service to others and invites everyone to service.

In Faith + Hope,
Fr. Brian

Goals of the Religious Education Program

To promote and encourage:

  • Proclamation of the Good News as revealed through Jesus Christ
  • Worship of God through private and liturgical prayer
  • Service to the Christian and entire world community
  • Parents in their role as primary catechists of their children