June 6th, 2021

Dear parents,

The school year is almost out—and COVID is loosening its grip. We in the Office for Youth & Families at St Mary’s are so looking forward to next year when we’ll get to return to in-person gatherings and some sense of normalcy—though much has changed!

Firstly, we invite our youngest children birth to 5 years to join us! Families are invited to register at the cost of $100 for the year, which covers all of your "early childhood" children. Programs will include Mommy & Me on Wednesday mornings, with song and story and time for moms to connect; Children's Liturgy, Sunday mornings at the 10:30am Mass; and for Kindergarteners and Elementary schoolers, the Kids 4 Jesus club on Friday nights, focused on learning virtue through crafts, activities, songs and prayer.

ELEMENTARY children are invited to choose a session from those below.  The way we spend our time here will look fresh and new, conscious that the goal of Catholic formation is not simply to learn the right answers the way it might be for another subject in school.  Instead, we’ll strive to awaken the Christian imagination.  Children will learn to pray and to practice the faith. They will learn the stories in the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints, and thereby, come to know the foundational elements of the Catechism.

 Sunday @ 9:30-10:15AM   * This session is now closed 

 Sunday @ 10:30-11:15AM  * This session is now closed.

 Tuesday @ 4:30-5:15PM    * This session is now closed 

 Thursday @ 4:30-5:15PM * This session is now closed. 

 Home Study  **** AVAILABLE FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS  ** 

HOME STUDY families have two options.  If you prefer to pursue faith-formation as a family, you will receive a core resource book and packet (God’s Wondrous Love) that walks you through about a half-hour’s worth of content for each week—which all of your 1st-5th graders can tackle together.  The book is for the parent facilitator; each child will receive his/her own packet.  An email will also come each week from the home-study coordinator to help keep you connected and on-track.  Just a few times during the year you will be invited to gather at the parish for some special events.  Alternately, you may choose to use the same Faith & Life books as this past year, particular to each grade.

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Our re-vamped MIDDLE SCHOOL ministry, EDGE, will provide a safe, fun place for youth in 6th-8th grades to find Catholic community, answers to their questions and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Youth will gather in an environment that is relationally and spiritually appropriate for their developmental level weekly on MONDAY nights from 7:00-8:00PM in the GYM. Part of this time will be large group games and teaching, followed by small group discussion and prayer. Meghan & John Newman will be spearheading this effort and can’t wait to meet you there!

Home/Independent study is also an option here—just select it when you register. You'll utilize the Faith & Life book series as a foundation, with supplemental materials for the child to work on with a parent, mentor or independently. And be sure to watch your email for details about special events held at other times which your middle schoolers will be invited to attend throughout the year too!

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HIGH SCHOOLERS are invited to continue their formation in faith on SUNDAY nights from 6:00-7:30PM in the HALL/GYM. This time will include dinner and social time, and a variety of catechetical and life-issue related activities. There will be abundant opportunities for building meaningful relationships with adults who will support you in your mission as parents to raise faithful Catholic young men and women. It should be a priority that during these formative years our youth are exposed to the profound teachings and vibrant life of the Church so that it is not left to their social networks and social media to form their worldview. You can find more detail and the schedule for this on our website.

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Please note the following changes to SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION:

2nd graders will receive FIRST PENANCE in January; FIRST COMMUNION in April/May.

3rd graders will receive FIRST COMMUNION in April/May, as anticipated.

8th AND 9th graders are invited to prepare for CONFIRMATION, to be received in March.

On your registration, for their session, select Middle/High School respectively; and then be sure to click “Confirmation” under student sacrament info. All candidates who register for Confirmation must also be registered for their normal grade level catechesis—and are strongly encouraged, though not required, to attend as often as possible. The only dates *required* will be those outlined on the schedule available on our website.

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If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

We look forward to accompanying your family this year as you grow in faith and love!


Josephine Bove                                   Laura Danner                          Monsignor Kevin Royal

Administrative Assistant                      Pastoral Associate                   Pastor

 

PS-- PLEASE take care to click the very small "ADD" button for EACH one of the children you are registering. Without this, your registration, and payment, will be incomplete. Thanks for your patience and cooperation attending to this quirk of our platform. 

PSS-- If you are registering multiple children, please feel free to use the CODE "MULTIPLES2" for 2 children; "MULTIPLES3" for 3 children; and so forth up to 5 children. 

St Mary Parish                                          Office for Youth & Families
183 High Ridge Avenue
Ridgefield, CT  06877
203-438-7335
fax: 203-438-6876

REGISTRATION@SMCR.ORG