St. Mary Religious Education 2018-2019
As we look forward to sharing our Catholic Faith with your children and prepare the gathering spaces for this year, here are the available times and formats offered:
Tuesdays Pre-K – 3rd Grade 4:15 – 5:30pm
7th & 8th Grade 6:00 – 7:15pm
Wednesday 4th – 6th Grade 4:15 – 5:30pm
1st – 6th Grade 6:15 – 7:30pm
Thursday 7th & 8th Grade 4:15 – 5:30pm
*Session availability closes when class maximum is reached, which varies with age level and number of assistants.
Pre – K thru Kindergarten/ Level I learning Environment: The Good Shepherd
This experiential learning room, referred to as an atrium, is created to be a prayerful, hands-on spiritual space, introducing biblical and sacramental formation with respect to the young age group. The learning space invites each child to discover God in a very personal way. It promotes sacred listening, freedom to explore, and fosters a joy of individual, prayerful work, initiating a relationship with Jesus in an environment that is calling to fall in love with Christ.
“…and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd.” –John 10:16b
1st thru 3rd Grade/Level II Learning Environment: The True Vine
This level continues to teach with experiential materials in an atrium environment, which now invites the child to consider the wonder and awe of our Lord in a deeper way. They are invited to come to understand that we are a part of a bigger purpose, and God has a plan for His entire Kingdom of which we are all an important part. Through prayer, biblical and liturgical study including parables, miracles of Christ, Maxims (Christ’s great teachings in the New Testament), synthesizing of the mass, and the sacraments, children of this age group come to understand that they are in a mutual relationship with God and a part of a vast community of his Great Kingdom.
“Remain in me as I remain in you” – John 15:4
4th thru 6th Grade/Level III Learning Environment: The Covenant
This level encourages more independent, self-directing work of the child in an atrium. It continues to explore the knowledge that God has a plan and a purpose for his entire Kingdom. This age is invited to ponder the important questions: “What are my gifts, and where is my place in the Kingdom of God?” Contemplating the Old and New Testament scripture through Abraham, Moses, other Prophets, the miracles of Christ, and other sacred reading, along with further liturgical work, children come to realize their life is an essential part of God’s ultimate plan in the Kingdom of God, a life in Parousia, when…
“God will be all in all” – 1 Cor. 15:28
7th & 8th Grade/ Textbook and Experiential-based Learning Environment: Living Catholic in Christ
Middle school children are preparing for their confirmed life as a catholic. They will continue to build a foundation of what to know, believe, and live as a confirmed adult in the faith. This is done by fostering a deeper understanding of the core elements of our beliefs and putting them into action in daily life along with serving the community through various service projects, as the youth approaches the important sacrament of confirmation.
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” –John 15:8
- Catechists work toward certification through the Diocese of Lansing and will also be screened and educated in the safe environment of children and vulnerable.
- Registration Forms my be downloaded from online or found in the church vestibule and at the office. Previously registered families have been mailed forms. Please fill out forms and mail or return to the rectory office. Any family unable to pay will be honored with scholarship funds or may help with volunteering. Please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Lee for more information.
Blessings in Christ – Lisa Lee
Faith Formation & Evangelization Director
(810) 686-3920 email@example.com