Faith Formation Overview

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


Register for Fall Faith Formation 2024-25 HERE

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 2023-24

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 24-28, 2024 OR August 5 – 9, 2024 for the Summer Academy session. Find out more information HERE

Wednesday Youth-only

Youth Pre-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 sessions include small breakfast treats, prayer, peer study groups, family connection and a large group service project or special prayer experience. The session takes place in Kohler Hall at the Parish Life Center.

For dates and fees view HERE

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Home Program

Families are given materials with 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.

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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 two years in any of the above programs is a prerequisite for registering for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist (minimum of 2nd grade) or Confirmation preparation (minimum of 8th grade). Learn more about the Sacraments here.