Summer Academy

Experience a whole year of Faith Formation in one fun-filled week of learning and experiencing the Catholic faith.

Education, fellowship, service projects, MUSIC!, Adoration, Mass and more.

How do I register?
You may register in person at the church or Parish Life Center or online HERE.

What is it?   
It is a new way to experience Faith Formation. It is one full week of learning about and experiencing our Catholic faith.

Who is it for?
Children who attend public school during the school year and are ready to learn more about their Catholic heritage.

When is it? 

  • Current year June 20-24, 2022
  • Save the Date for Next Year! June 19-23, 2023 – Registration begins in January 20213.

Where will it take place?
At the Parish Life Center of St. Mary of the Lake Church, home to Frassati Catholic Academy

How much does it cost?
$150 per child with a $350 family maximum. Scholarships are available.

Why does it cost more than the traditional program during the school year?
First, we will be hiring professional teachers and support staff to teach the children. Second, the number of instructional hours is greater for Summer Academy at 32.5 hours than it is in the traditional Wednesday afternoon program of 26.25 hours. Third, we will be able to do more with the children like daily art and music that we just do not have time for during the traditional program year.

Will the children prepare to receive their Sacraments during Summer Academy?
No, but this is a prerequisite for those who intend to enroll in the parish Sacramental preparation program in the fall (Confirmation preparation) or springtime (First Reconciliation & First Eucharist) at St. Mary of the Lake.

What are some of the benefits of experiencing Faith Formation in this format?
Have you ever been to camp? Participating in a program that focuses on one specific topic, all day, with the same group of children, produces a greater amount of learning, community building and relationship building that will stick with them for years to come.

What about the rest of the year?
In additional to weekly Mass, the Summer Academy children will be invited to participate in several additional events and opportunities throughout the rest of the year that will enable them to see the friends they made and enhance the learning they developed. A certain amount of these events may be required for a discount on next year’s Summer Academy fee.

Is anyone else using this type of model?
Yes, St. Joseph parish in Tom’s River, New Jersey has been using this model for ten years and they LOVE IT! To read an overview of their program, visit their website: https://stjosephtomsriver.org or for their overview video – view here.

The academy will have paid teachers and support staff plus at least one lunch and occasional snacks. Volunteers and licensed teachers are needed.

For more information contact Karlene Feidt, the Director of Faith Formation at kfeidt@stmarys-wbl.org , 651-429-7771, option 1

For families who choose not to or cannot participate in Summer Academy, registration for 2022-2023 Faith Formation will take place in April. Program choices will be announced in early March.

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the Sacraments is separate from our four Faith Formation programs. Learn more about the Sacraments Here.