The primary objective of Preschool and Kindergarten Faith Formation is to assist parents in introducing their children to a community of faith and fostering their children’s readiness for faith. St. Mary’s offers several ways for you to engage your child and help them begin their relationship with Jesus.
Wednesday Faith Formation
Preschool (ages 3-5) and kindergarten sessions are from 4:15-5:15 PM. Both groups use a Lectionary based curriculum and will send home pages to be used with parents during any weeks we are not in session. We follow the same calendar schedule as grades 1-8. When kindergarten – grade 8 are participating in Mass at the church, the preschool children will conduct their simultaneous session in the nursery or St. Joseph Room at the church.
IFFD: Intergenerational Family Faith Day
In the IFFD program, children spend most of their time learning from their parents. Parents are provided materials to help their child link the Sunday Gospel reading with their life and learn to KNOW, FOLLOW and SHARE the love of Jesus. Then, once each month the children come together with a catechist in peer groups to engage and practice their learning with one another. Parents engage with their peers at the same time. Children ages 3-5 are part of the “Seeds” curriculum from Pflaum publishing and kindergarteners are paired with first graders in the “Promise” level. After Mass, families gather from 10:15-11:45 AM at the Parish Life Center for fellowship, share time and a short service project. The gatherings usually take place on the last Sunday of the month with the exception of holidays.
Welcoming the Little Ones
Preschool and kindergarten age children can also benefit from the nursery program which welcomes children ages 1-5. Learn more here.