Religious Education Grades K-12
Parents are the first and primary catechists of their children. Catechesis is a distinct and special ministry in the church intended to help parents and families grow in the Catholic Faith. We foster the teaching of the Catholic Church and inspire children to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Formation year begins the third week of September and ends in May.
Our Sacramental Programs are separate and distinct from our weekly Faith Formation Program.
Baptism - (for infants and children under 7 years of age) A parent preparation class is required. St. Mary’s offers the classes upon request. The Baptism is planned with the parish priest, parents and the Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE).
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion - (age 7+) Child must be Baptized. Preparation classes are offered during the formation year. The sacraments are received after preparation.
Confirmation - (diocese of Richmond policy is 10th grade or 15 years of age) Child must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Preparation classes are offered during the formation year. The sacrament is received in the spring of the formation year.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. / Children - (for children age 7+) This program is for children who would like to become Catholic. Preparation classes are offered during the formation year. The sacraments are received after preparation.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. - (adults age 18+) For adults who may be interested in becoming Catholic or who were Baptized Catholic and have not yet received full sacramental initiation.
Marriage - Preparation should begin 6-9 months prior to the wedding date. Preparation is done with the parish priest and couple. There is a marriage preparation program requirement before receiving the sacrament.
A parent and child prayer time with catechesis and fellowship.