Mary Lippert, Director of Faith Formation
(517) 669-8341 ext . 17 Email: email@example.com
Children's Liturgy of the Word and Wee Believers
Children ages 4 (must be 4 by December 1) up to and including 2nd grade are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Sundays during the school year at the 8:30 or 11:00 AM Masses (see dates below). Children are dismissed before the readings and follow the adult and youth volunteers to the Community Center for their Liturgy. The Liturgy of the Word is then presented and celebrated in age-level language and song with our young parishioners. Children in grades 1 & 2 then rejoin their families after the Prayers of the Faithful. The Kindergartners then begin an extended session. There is no tuition charge for Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
When the 1st and 2nd graders return after the Prayers of the Faithful, the PK and Kindergartners remain in the Community Center for activities that reinforce the message of the readings and teach them how to participate in the celebration of the Mass. The younger children return to the assembly during communion when they join the communion line and go forward to receive a blessing. They then rejoin their families for the closing prayer and dismissal.
Wee Believers sessions are offered beginning in the fall until formation sessions end in the spring, with the exception of holiday weekends. Experienced catechists lead the sessions during both Sunday morning Masses with assistance from other adults and youth of the parish. Parents are welcome to attend with children who are hesitant to participate for as long as necessary.
Children may attend either session of Wee Believers, depending on which Mass their family attends each week.
Please enroll your child to participate in Wee Believers by completing the Registration form and Medical Information form. Separate and additional to Children’s Liturgy of the Word, the Wee Believers program is considered the kindergarten formation in which there is a modest "material's fee".
Children's Mass will be geared to the children in both the Gospel reading and the homily as well as in letting them be up close to see what is going on during the Eucharistic Prayers. These Masses will take the place of our Wee-Believers program that would be normally scheduled during those dates and times.
Children's Mass will take place during the 8:30am and 11am masses on the following dates.
October 9, 2016
November 13, 2016
December 11, 2016
January 15, 2017
February 12, 2017
If any teenager or other older adult would like to help with Children’s Mass or would like more information, please contact Mary Lippert at 669-8341 ext 17.
Faith Formation Program (Grades 1 -4)
Our Format – Discovering and Exploring our Faith in Small Groups
Children in Grades 1-4 meet weekly at the Community Center in small groups of 10-12 led by an adult catechist and an assistant. With proper qualifications, older youth with assistants may at times lead sessions. Sessions are offered two different times each week:
Sessions begin with an Orientation Day for children and a meeting for all parents.
Sunday Calendar 9:30-10:45 AM
September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20 (NO CLASS Nov. 27)
December 4, 11 (NO CLASS Dec. 18,25)
January 8, 15, 22, 29 (NO CLASS Jan. 1)
February 5, 12, 26 (NO CLASS Feb. 19)
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 23, 30 (NO CLASS April 2, 9, 16)
May 7 Last Class and May Crowning
Wednesday Calendar 6:15-730 PM
September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30 (NO CLASS Nov. 23)
December 7, 14 (NO CLASS Dec. 21,28)
January 11, 18, 25, (NO CLASS Jan. 4)
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 8, 15, 22, 29 (NO CLASS March 1)
April 19, 26 (NO CLASS April 5, 12)
May 3 Last Class and May Crowning
Curriculum: Finding God; a Loyola Press publication.
Our Response to God's Gifts is a Catholic faith formation program that incorporates the spirituality of St. Ignatius, guiding and mentoring children into a life of prayer and a lifelong relationship with God. Rooted in Scripture and tradition with a variety of prayer experienced, the Finding God religious education program offers a balanced approach to doctrine, Catholic Social Teachings, and prayer to encourange children to use what they are learning in Church and in life.
Preparation for celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time takes place separately from our regular Religious Formation Program in family sessions attended by children and at least one of their parents.
Please visit the "Sacraments" heading at the top of the page for more information.