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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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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.


Faith Formation

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.


During our last session for the Sacrament of Penance, the parents and children reflected on our encounter with Jesus Christ, as the Body of Christ in the celebration of the Sacraments. The Church is called the “Body of Christ” because God’s Holy Spirit lives within us and guides us to live out Christ’s mission in the world. Since we are all part of the Body of Christ, we share the consequences of other people’s bad choices. However, we also rejoice with everyone when people repair relationships that have been broken by sin. In the Sacrament of Penance, God forgives our sins and teaches us to forgive others. When we choose to forgive, we allow our love for someone to be stronger than our own bitterness, anger, and pride. Forgiveness is a choice and can sometimes be hard. When we forgive, we decide not to allow a person’s actions or words to get in the way of our love. We choose to let love be stronger! In the Sacrament of Penance we are given the grace to forgive others as God has forgiven us.

Celebrating this sacrament on a regular basis helps us to live in God’s peace and joy!

For reflection: “His mercy endures forever.” Am I experiencing the joyful aspect of the beautiful Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?