Upcoming Events

The next Adult Workshop will be on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 at 7pm.

If you missed any of the Adult Workshops, watch them on our YouTube page: 

The goals of this program
are to encourage and equip parents
to live and teach
their children the Catholic Faith at home.
With one Adult Workshop and one
Community Gathering each month,
this program will give parents the
knowledge and tools they need to bring
their children up in the Faith. 

We will be using the “A Family of Faith” curriculum from Sophia Press, adapted for the current Covid-related precautions. You can preview it here.

Adult Workshops will prepare and equip parents to teach their children throughout the month. We’ll begin with a short social time. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. We’ll go over the teachings for the month, followed by small group discussions and Eucharistic Adoration.

  •      Adult Workshops will be on one Sunday a month at 7-8:30pm in St. Joseph Hall except Oct. 4, which will be in the St. Mary School gym.
  •      Please plan to have one or two adults from each household attend if possible.
  •      A video will be posted online for those who aren’t able to attend.
  •      There will be no childcare provided during this time (small nursing babies are allowed).
  •      Chairs and tables will be set at the appropriate social distance.
  •      Please wear a mask when not eating and maintain 6 ft of social distance between households.

Community Gatherings will be on a Sunday after the 11am Mass at the end of each month to celebrate what we’ve learned. The whole family is encouraged to come, and other parishioners are welcome, too.  Each celebration will be connected to that month’s teaching, and may include a meal, fun family activities and prayer. The first two Community Gatherings are planned for outdoors.

Each family will receive a Home Altar Kit:

TO REGISTER

Turn in Registration Packet (and payment, if not paying online).

Questions and More Information:

Laura Hahnenberg, Director of Marriage and Family Life Ministry

(517) 655-2620 or stmary.laura@gmail.com

The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2205

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Family Faith Formation is replacing the “Religious Ed” program that we have done in the past, and is for all St. Mary families, including those in St. Mary School and those who were previously in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: After prayerful consideration, we will not be able to offer CGS on Sundays this year. We will incorporate parts of it into our Family Faith Formation, and hope that all CGS families will participate.

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Laura Hahnenberg has directed our Confirmation and Life Teen programs since 2013. Her role is now expanding to include formation for the whole family. She is our new Director of Marriage and Family Life Ministry. As a wife and mother of five children, she understands the importance and challenges of building families of faith. She is leading our Family Faith Formation.

Former Director of Religious Ed, Christy Whiting, has become our new Director of Discipleship and Evangelization. She and Laura are working closely together. Christy’s role encompasses on-site events and ministries such as Alpha, and has expanded to developing our parish communications, which include our online outreach via social media and our website, and our Flocknote parish communications platform.

 

We look forward to embarking on this new journey with you!

 

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