Faith Formation Ministries
Catechists: Catechists serve a crucial role in educating students in grades K-12 about the Catholic faith. The role of the Catechist is to share their own faith, help children and young adults discover their faith and help them apply it to their lives. Catechists are provided a leader’s manual, activity sheets, craft materials, and teaching workshops that will help them plan lessons to stimulate growth in the Catholic faith.
Catechists serve approximately 23 weeks of the year. Faith Formation sessions are 75 minutes in length and usually require about one hour of preparation, per class.
Catechist Assistants: Catechist Assistants are in-class helpers to the Catechist. You may work with a small group, one on one, or just be another helpful hand in the classroom. The time commitment for Catechist Assistants is similar to that for Catechists.
Hallway Helpers: Adult volunteers help observe, guide, and control the building environment during Faith Formation classes. These adults help ensure the safety of children and staff and the efficiency of our programs. Hallway Helpers also serve as program assistants; preparing materials for future use.
Workcamp Mission Trip: Each summer, youth who are of at least high school age and adults spend a week helping families living in poverty to fix their homes. Workcampers travel to different locations across the country each year; past trips have been to states such as Pennsylvania, Washington, and North Carolina. Adults are anyone 21 years or older.
Welcoming the Little Ones: Parents are welcome to sign in children ages 1-5 in the Nursery room during 11 am Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, Oct. – April. It is there that youth and adults will work, play, and engage children with the love of our Lord Jesus while parents worship with the congregation.
Nursery: Our nursery is open during almost all Masses for use by parents who wish to watch their own children and participate in the Mass via the television monitor. During weekends when the “Welcoming the Little Ones” program is held, parents can leave their children with trained staff.
Liturgy of the Word with Children: Adult leaders share the weekly Scripture with children in grades 1-5 during the 9 and 11 am Masses. Both adults and middle/high school youth are needed for this ministry, with the youth providing support and assistance to the adult leaders.
Adult leaders spend approximately one hour of preparation time and participate in a rotating schedule approximately every six weeks.
Kohler Kafé Cook/Server/Gym Supervisor: Most Wednesdays when Faith Formation is in session, St. Mary’s offers an evening meal to anyone for a small fee. This community building meal gives busy families or single people an opportunity to eat a nutritious meal in a fun-filled environment. We serve many To-Go meals to Extended Day school families, Faith Formation families going to or from activities, plus many single people who would just like to spend a meal and conversation with other members of the community. Adults are needed to cook and prepare the Kohler Kafé meal and to serve it. Our gym is staffed with an adult supervisor so that youth or adults can get in a little exercise before or after the meal.
Faith Formation Committee: The Faith Formation Committee meets once a month as visionary leaders and policy makers. Our mission is to provide meaningful and enjoyable programs that support the faith formation of children, youth and adults. This mission, inspired by the parish mission, is dependent on our commitment to volunteer development. We support parents as primary catechists of their children, while creating a sense of belonging, drawing awareness to supporting the life-long journey in faith, and fostering an environment of Christian values.
If you’d like to get involved in one of the Faith Formation ministries, please call Karlene Feidt at 651-429-7771 or Contact Us for more information.