Faith Formation: Children, Ages: 4 - 12
The children meet every Wednesday evening at St. Mary's Center from 6 - 7:30 pm to learn their Catholic faith. They will grow in love and appreciation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His Church, the Seven Sacraments and the traditions of our faith.
Thank you for your participation and for your support of our efforts with the children. As a parish we all share in the responsibility to pray for and support our children in their faith journey.
Bus transportation from Croswell, and Lexington to Port Sanilac will be provided every week by Sanilac Transportation Company.
New Year: September, 2019 - May, 2020
“Let the children come to me...for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)
Ave Maria Faith-Formation is off to a great start with 40 enrolled students from Pre-K/Kindergarten—6th Grade and 13 teens in Youth Group. In our Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom we have seven lively, energetic and delightful little ones—three girls and four boys! Our former Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cheryl O’Mara has passed the torch on to Mrs. Pam Herrmann. Pam has been an assistant catechist for the past two years in 5th & 6th Grade and 2nd Grade. She will be assisted by Mrs Lollie Celeskey, who has helped out in the Kindergarten classroom for the past several years.
A heartfelt thank you to Cheryl O’Mara for her many years of devoted service and commitment as a volunteer catechist at Ave Maria Parish. She will be missed! Her dedication, creativity and ability to teach the Catholic Faith in simple ways, helped her Kindergartners to grow in their knowledge and love for God. May God continue to bless Cheryl as she pursues her new work with children.
EPIPHANY: CHALK IT UP WITH THE SAINTS!
During our Faith-Formation “Three Kings Celebration” each family received a piece of blessed chalk with an instruction sheet on how to mark their homes with the special Epiphany Three Magi Blessing. Using the blessed chalk to write: 20+C+M+B+20 above the doorways. 20 + 20 for the year; C,M,B for the 3 Magi-Casper, Melchior, and Bathasar and for Christus Mansionem Benedicati—Latin for “May Christ Bless this House.”
Lord God of heaven and earth, You revealed Your only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Another Epiphany custom we enjoyed was picking a saint for the year. Without looking, each person picked from a box, a slip of paper with a saint’s name with their feast day, and a country to pray for during 2020. The students were encouraged to read about their saints, get to know them and remember to pray daily to them. What a blessing to have a special friend in heaven interceding before God for us and a saintly role model in living discipleship in Christ. If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution, consider choosing a special saint for 2020!