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St. Mary's Church at 105 Cornell Avenue, Massena, NY 13662-1424 US - Children's Christian Formation
Children's Christian Formation
Author: Ann Borsellino DRE
Christian Formation classes kindergarten-grade 6 meet Sundays from 9:15-10:15 AM. (according to the public school calendar). Classes are held in the second floor classrooms of St. Mary's social hall. All children are welcome to join anytime throughout the year. Our classes are inclusive to those with learning/physical disabilities.
Our Sacramental program for Reconciliation and Eucharist is family oriented. Parents/guardians prepare their child with assistance from the teachers. Candidates are registered members of the parish and attending the second grade Faith formation program (having attended 1st grade the previous year) on Sundays or attending Trinity Catholic School. A parent/guardian registers the child in September. Family gatherings are held twice a year (October and February) with parent/guardians, the coordinator of the program and the pastor to receive information regarding these sacraments and materials necessary to help the candidate prepare for receiving Reconciliation in late January and Eucharist in early May.
We have a monthly Family Mass at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate by singing in the choir, reading, or carrying up the Offertory gifts. There is also a special Family Mass at Christmas and Easter.
At all 10:30 AM Sunday Masses September through June all children have an opportunity to share in a special "Breaking Open the Word" just for them. The Children are dismissed after the opening prayers and return to join their families at the Offertory time. If you think you may like this ministry, join us ANY Sunday downstairs with the children and see yourself what its' all about!!!
Faith Formation 7 and Faith Formation 8- 6:30PM-7:30PM on Sundays at the St. Mary's Social Hall. Students attend six clases in the fall and six classes in the spring. There will be a special guest speaker for January and February and a retreat day during the second semeter. In addition to these cklases, students are expected to volunteer their time and talent to help others.
Faith Formation 9-Confirmation
6:30-7:30 PM on Sunday evenings for their faith formation class at Trinity Catholic School's Cafeteria. This is for teens who have attended Faith Formation 7 snf 8 grade classes. Students attend six classes in the fall and six classes in the spring. There will be a special guest speaker for January aand February, and a retreat day during the second semester. In addition to these classes, students are expected to attend weekly mass and to volunteer their time and talent to help others.
Service projects are monthly activities that allow the youth to use their time and talents to help in the parish and community following in the example given by Jesus. Some include: SOS Walk (Stamp Out Starvation); Thanksgiving Community meal; St. Vincent de Paul angel tree; visiting homebound; visiting nursing home residents; Confirmation receptions; Vacation Bible School; Nickel;s for Nicaragua; collecting hats and mittens for The Neighborhood at Christmas; donating canned or boxed desserts for the Neighborhood Center's Christmas baskets; donating dog or cat food or toys, old blanket, etc. for the animal shelter; Breaking Open the Word; altar server, etc. All students attending Faith Formation classes ar encouraged to participate in these activities.
RCIC (Christian Rite of Initiation for Children)
Children who have not been baptized or are older than second grade and need to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and/or Eucharist attend a special class especially to gain knowledge of the Catholic Faith. This is held on a week night for one hour. Class size varies according to the needs of the students. The candidate also attends class with his/her age level on Sunday.
Teens and young adults (grades 7-9) who are interested in becoming Catholic or have been baptized and want to receive the sacraments, meet as a group. Day and time coincide with the group's needs. (RCIA)
RCIA (Christian Rite of Initiation for Adults)
The RCIA program is a program for people who want to be bapitzed as Catholics or those individual baptized as infants but needing to receive the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. This program is based on the needs of the individuals attending. Contact the Rectory at 764-0239 for additional information for any of these programs.