Children & Youth Faith Formation-- (Kindergarten thru 8th Grade)

Jacqui Snyder
Jacqui Snyder

Kindergarten thru 8th Grade programs are administered by Jacqui Snyder .

The programs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Faith Formation Classes for Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Social and Ministerial Programs
  • Special Events
  • Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • Sacramental Preparation (Holy Communion & Reconciliation)
Children & Youth Faith Formation Office
331-701-4398 (Absence Reporting Hotline)
Office Hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
RE Staff Assistant
Director of Children and Family Formation K-8

Classes Meet Weekly from mid-September through early May.

Kindergarten - 5th Grade classes are held:

  • Monday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

6th - 8th Grade Classes are held:

  • Monday 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. and 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Special events and holidays during the year are communicated to parents via e-mail through our mass e-mail provider, Constant Contact. It is imperative that we have a valid e-mail address for your family -- one that you check frequently. We no longer provide paper flyers or mailings!

Upcoming Events

Click on any event below to show details:

August 19, 2019 - Last day to turn in a 19-20 class registration form before fees increase for the 2nd time.
September 8, 2019 - Children's Liturgy of the Word begins at 8 and 10 am Masses
September 9, 2019 - 1st day of 19-20 K thru 8 Monday Classes
September 10, 2019 - 1st day of 19-20 K thru 8 Tuesday Classes
September 11, 2019 - 1st day of 19-20 K thru 8 Wednesday Classes
September 14, 2019 - "Protecting God's Children" Workshop
September 25, 2019 - "Protecting God's Children" Workshop

Protecting God's Children

Diocesan policy requires all new volunteers who are working with children to attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop. The Diocese of Joliet offers workshops at multiple locations throughout the diocese. See the Upcoming Workshops List for dates and locations. There is no charge to participate in these workshops.

Monthly eNewsletter

Each month, a new edition of "Parenting Christian Kids" is e-mailed to all families who have children registered in Kindergarten thru 5th grade classes. This publication contains timely articles and ideas for faith-sharing at home. View the August 2019 eNewsletter.

Basic Prayers

Basic Prayers (html) contains the text of common prayers taught in R.E. Classes.

Calendar for 2019-20 year

Download the K - 10 Faith Formation tentative 2019-20 Calendar.

Registration Form for 2019-20

Click for the fillable 2019-20 Registration Form, and for the 2019-20 Cover Letter and Policies for all Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs (kindergarten through high school).

2019-2020 First Reconciliation Information

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is taught formally in Third Grade. Children are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the 1st time in a group celebration. This year, the date is Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The celebration will begin at 7:00 PM. Parent assistance is vital in preparing their children for this sacrament.

2019-2020 First Holy Communion & Required "Parent Sacrament Retreat" Information

Our Parish Staff is excited to offer a program for parents of children who will be receiving their first Eucharist or Confirmation this year. A 3-hour retreat will delve into the traditions of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and more fully explain the role you will play in preparing your child for these sacraments. The retreat will begin with prayer and an introduction, followed by lunch and the presentation. This program will challenge you to understand how the sacred is woven into your everyday lives as a family.

Attendance at a retreat is expected for parents who have a child preparing for Eucharist or Confirmation this year. We are asking that at least one parent from each family attend a retreat. We would love to have both parents attend, but we understand that this is not always possible. If you attended a Parent Sacrament Retreat within the last 5 years, you need not attend this year. For your convenience, the same retreat will be repeated on 2 dates: October 20th and February 2nd from noon to 3 pm in the Upper Room. Please RSVP for a retreat using the link below.

RSVP for Parent Retreat

Information regarding registering your child for a First Communion date will be mailed to parents in early January, 2020. Included will be parents of all 2nd graders from Religious Ed. and ASCA, plus parents of those children who have been preparing in Special Sacraments class. Parents will choose from among the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Mass
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Mass

Practices will take place on the dates listed below. All children and at least one parent must attend the practice. For children with parts, the specific parts practice will immediately follow the main practice session for each Mass.

April 22, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
1st Communion General Practice for April 26th, 12:00 p.m. Mass
April 29, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
1st Communion General Practice for May 3rd, 12:00 p.m. Mass

Children's Masses

Children are encouraged to attend and participate in the Children's Masses that are held occasionally at the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass. Children's Masses for this year are scheduled as follows:

November 23, 2019
1st -- 5th Graders
Christmas Eve 2019 - 5:00 PM Mass
Kindergarten-5th Graders
February 29, 2020
1st -- 5th Graders

Liturgy of the Word: Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Children in grades K-3rd grade are invited to leave the church before the first reading to hear the Scripture from the Children’s Lectionary and learn what the readings mean in their lives. The children return to the church after the homily for the completion of Mass.

Liturgy of the Word is offered at the Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses from the weekends following Labor Day thru May.

Family Handbook

The Family Handbook for Grades K - 8 explains the St. Margaret Mary Faith Formation Program for children and youth through 8th grade in detail. Click here for the K - 8 Family Handbook (pdf).

Catechist Resources

There are many resources including over 800 books and several dozen videos and DVDs that can be checked out or used for teaching classes.

All Saints Catholic Academy

All Saints Academy

All Saints Catholic Academy is a regional Catholic school that is supported, in part, by Saint Margaret Mary Parish. Please see their website for more information.

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