religious FORMATION

Baptized Catholic children in grades 1 through 8, who need to be prepared to complete their initiation process in the Catholic Church, must participate in a catechetical program (religious formation sessions) with their peers at St. Mary.  Sessions begin mid-September.

The parents will take part in this process since they have the primary influence on the preparation process of their children and since this is their primary responsibility.  

The parents shall obtain a recent copy of the child’s baptismal certificate from their church of baptism and give it to the Faith Formation Director.  The parents must register their child for the catechetical program.


Donna Trudell

Religious Formation Director

248.547.1818 ext. 207




Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation
Important Dates

Oct. 16th, 6:30 p.m. - First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Parent Meeting in the Fellowship Center

Jan. 25th, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - First Reconciliation Workshop in the Church and Fellowship Center

Feb. 1st, 10:00 a.m. - First Reconciliation Service in the Churc


Sacrament Preparation for First Eucharist

Important Dates

April 25th, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - First Eucharist Retreat in the Church and Fellowship Center

May 2nd, 4:30 p.m. - First Eucharist Celebration

May 9th, 4:30 p.m. - First Eucharist Celebration


The Religious Formation program offers two sessions for Level 1 through Level 6, Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:45 PM or Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:15 PM.  The sessions for Level 7 and Level 8 are offered Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Important Dates
Level 1 through Level 6 Tuesday Evening 2019-2020 Schedule
Level 7 and Level 8 Tuesday Evening 2019-2020 Schedule


Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his bidding - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life.  To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.  The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmandi's.
Expectations of Confirmation Candidates
To worship with the community regularly
Participate at Mass on the weekend

Participate in Religious Formation Masses

Participate in Prayer Services or Masses on Holy Days and special gatherings

Christmas - December 25th

The Ascension - Sunday that follows the 40th day after Easter

Mary, Mother of God - January 1st

Immaculate Conception - December 8th

Assumption - August 15th

All Saints Day - November 1st

Prayer Services of Advent and Lent

To know and understand the basic truths of the Catholic Faith and Scripture

Show an understanding of the basic truths of the Faith and on the Sacrament of Confirmation
Demonstrate knowledge of the Faith by cooperating and participating in class, in discussion groups, at retreats and other activities
​100% completion of required materials and attendance at Confirmation preparation sessions with sponsor or adult

To understand the need to serve others in order to serve God

Complete service activities with the group and alone
​Service activities are to be family, church and community related

To attend an interview at the end of their preparation acknowledging their understanding of who Jesus is in relationship to them, how the Trinity is significant to their journey of faith, and where they feel called to as far as their role as a disciple of Jesus Christ

Confirmation Preparation
Important Dates

Nov. 6th, 6:30 p.m. - Confirmation Meeting in the Fellowship Center

Jan. 26th, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Confirmation Session 1 in the Fellowship Center

Feb. 23rd, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Confirmation Session 2 in the Fellowship Center

March 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Confirmation Retreat in the Fellowship Center

May 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Confirmation Mass with Bishop Hanchon in the Church

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