“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.”

(Psalm 119:73)

Welcome to Faith Formation!  Faith Formation implies a lifelong process of ongoing conversion which requires lifelong growth.  It is our goal to provide opportunities for Everyone to deepen their faith, regardless of their age.  So remember, Faith Formation doesn’t begin in first grade and end with Confirmation!

The primary formative event for all Faith Formation is the weekend Mass.  We therefore invite and expect each family to make the commitment to participate in weekly worship together.  We are committed to making the weekend experience meaningful and accessible to our families.

For our families with children, we provide a way for parents, as the primary teachers of the faith, to easily share their faith in the family setting with at-home materials.  We host Monthly Gatherings for children and parents to help support their ongoing faith development.  And for those families with children preparing to receive First Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation, we provide Sacramental Preparation which we hope will lead to a deeper understanding of those sacraments, renewed appreciation of our faith, and an ongoing commitment to continued growth and Christian service.

 

Family Faith Formation – Grades 1 through 7

  • Gospel Weeklies – Each week, we will prepare an at-home packet for each family which will include, for each child, a Gospel Weekly.  Each Gospel Weekly is a fun, current and engaging “magazine” which focuses on the weekend readings. The packets will be available each weekend for the following weekend’s Mass readings – this will allow your family to prepare together to celebrate Mass with a greater appreciation for the scripture and how it applies to your life.
  • Monthly Gatherings (8th grade families welcome)- Each month, we ask each family to attend one in-person gathering.  Gatherings will be held on a Wednesday evening at 7pm and on a Sunday at 9:30am so that each family can choose the most convenient time to attend. 

Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

  • Our 2nd graders will participate along with their families in Family Faith Formation (the Gospel Weeklies and Monthly Gatherings as described above).
  • In addition, beginning in December or January, our 2nd graders will meet on Sundays at 9:30am to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  

Sacramental Preparation – Confirmation

  • Our 8th graders will prepare for Confirmation, meeting approximately twice a month on Sunday at 4:30pm followed by 6pm Mass.
  • We will also provide a one-day or half-day retreat(s) held on Saturday or Sunday.
  • All 8th graders and their families are welcome to attend the Monthly Gatherings, as well as the regular meetings.  (See Monthly Gatherings above.)

We ask that you be registered in the parish of St. Mary of the Bay in order for your family to participate in Faith Formation.

  • New students are asked to provide records of Baptism and First Communion if the sacraments were received at a parish other than St. Mary of the Bay, St. Alexander, St. Jean Baptiste, or St. Casimir. 
  • If you do not have a copy of your child’s sacramental records, please call the church where the sacrament was celebrated and request that it be sent to us. 
  • If your child has not been baptized, you are still most welcome to participate in Family Faith Formation.  Please contact the Director, the Deacon or the Pastor to discuss baptism.

The suggested offering for our program is $50 for the first student in a family and an additional $25 for additional students (max. payment of $100).  Offerings may be made by check, or by credit or debit card online at stmaryofthebay.org.

  • To pay online, click on “Give” at the top of the homepage to be directed to our online giving platform, then click on Faith Formation and follow the prompts.
  • If the suggested offering presents a burden, please contact the Director or the Pastor.

Visit our website at stmaryofthebay.org. Questions should be directed to Carolyn Mello Pryor, Director of Faith Formation at 401-245-7000 ext. 21, or SMBFaithFormation@gmail.com.