St. Mary of the Woods & St. Aloysius
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
To encourage and equip parents as the primary educators in the way their children in the Catholic Faith thereby strengthening families to foster learning the joy and truths of their Catholic Faith in Jesus through the witness given by their parents.
Christ Our Life by Loyola Press
Family Faith Formation has a gathered and home style option. In a gathered setting parents are asked to accompany the children and help lead them through the weekly material. With the home school option parents are encouraged to review the Christ Our Life chapters at home on their own schedule and submit the online review to the parish office for credit.
This year we are providing an opportunity for all children grades 3 and older to participate in a class designed to prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments. This program focuses on reinforcing the foundational elements of the Faith that have been formed thus far and building on that to help prepare them for the Sacraments and full, active participation in the life of the parish. Recent events have put created challenges for families and this is intended to help those who have found it difficult to during the pandemic to participate in the Faith Formation program. This program is a gathered format.
As per Diocesan requirements, to be eligible for reception of the sacraments students must attend weekly Mass, satisfactorily complete the current parish catechism curriculum (Christ Our Life) and attend sacramental preparation classes for each sacrament at the parish. Sacramental preparation is a three year process focusing on one of the following sacraments each year... Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Students will be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their second year and Confirmation and First Holy Communion after the third year.
For more information please call Bob at 231-258-5021.
Below are a few of the things you can expect from our Youth Ministry:
- sessions on peer pressure, drug awareness and response, romance and relationships
- lock-ins, multiple retreat opportunities, youth rally, social activities
- marriage, religious life, family issues
- YouCat youth catechism, connecting faith to everyday life
- peer mentoring training, youth council, Christian Leadership Institute
- community outreach, service opportunities
- volunteer with local agencies, Just Works, KAIR
- Liturgical and parish prayer opportunities, youth choir
All students in grades 6-12 and their friends are welcome!