Faith Formation Overview

St Mary of the Lake provides Faith Formation for children ages 3 through grade 8 who attend public school. Our programs offer options that encourage and support children and families along our lifelong journey of faith.


Register for Fall Faith Formation 2023-24 HERE

Register for Summer Academy (Visit this page in January of 2024 to register for the 2024 Summer Academy session)

It is the practice of St. Mary of the Lake Church that all individuals or families have access to opportunities to learn and grow in the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s, regardless of ability to pay. If the fee is a hardship for your family, please fill out our Scholarship/Assistance form and return it to the parish office.

Overview of Program Choices for 2022-23

Summer Academy

Youth entering grades 1 -8 attend from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Children aged 4 – entering Kindergarten attend from 8:30 – 11:30 AM

This model offers children a program rich in Catholic heritage, traditions, and doctrine entwined with music, art, and Catholic Social Teaching in an immersive environment.

Save the Dates June 19-23, 2023 for the Summer Academy session.

Wednesday Youth-only

Youth K-8
Three Wednesdays per month beginning October 4, 2023. Volunteer Catechists lead small groups each Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-5:45 PM. Youth will study scripture, learn the fundamentals of the faith and have the opportunity to attend Mass, Reconciliation and adoration together.

For dates and fees view HERE

Register Here

Family Faith Formation

Once a month on Sundays 10:15 – 11:45 AM beginning September 24, 2023.

Our Family Faith Formation program welcomes the whole family to attend together once each month. The session includes large group learning, small group peer discussions, service projects and/or prayer experiences. Some months begin with a pot luck breakfast.

This once-a-month program welcomes the whole family to attend together. The session includes teaching of the unit material as a large group, time for parents and children to work through the workbooks, and a short special activity or prayer experience. Some months begin with a pot luck breakfast.

For dates and fees view HERE

Register Here

Home Program

Families are given materials which to teach their children in their home. Parents have the choice of the Pflaum Lectionary based style curriculum or the Alive in Christ traditional book style. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.

Begin anytime. A chapter calendar layout is provided with your materials as a guideline.

Register Here

Catholic Day School

St. Mary’s Parish Life Center is home to Frassati Catholic Academy. It is there that students in grades Pre-K-8 receive their catechetical instruction along with their regular classes on a daily basis. For more information, visit the Frassati Catholic Academy website.

Sacrament Preparation

Sacrament preparation is separate from our Faith Formation programs. Enrollment for one full year in any of the above programs is a prerequisite for registering for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist or Confirmation preparation. Learn more about the Sacraments here.