Children's Faith Formation
Our parish is a welcoming community of prayer, growing in our love of God. For our children, their love of God begins at home, and it is our goal in our Faith Formation Program to deepen that love and understanding that has begun at home.
The merger of St. Peter's, Saint Kateri, and Our Lady of Lourdes, to form, Mary Queen of Martyrs, opens up many great possibilities to our Faith Formation Program. This year, while the construction of a church hall is underway at Saint Kateri, all classes will be held at St Peter's and Our Lady of Lourdes. Due to the lack of classroom space at Saint Kateri, will be planning certain special events over there.
We will be returning to a pre-COVID weekly class schedule, and all classes will be in person. We are excited to bring the Edge program to our middle school Faith Formation Program. Edge is an exciting youth ministry model to help adolescents build community and health friendships on the foundation of faith and the Sacraments.
MEET OUR NEW DIRECTOR
Please welcome our new director of Faith Formation, Patsy Gillespie!
We are excited to have Patsy join our team! Patsy comes to us with a deep understanding of both the religious and emotional needs of our youth. She received her MA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University and an MA in Ministry from Saint John's Seminary. Patsy served as a teacher of theology at Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, Ma as was a member of St. Peter's Parish. When the high school closed its doors, Patsy became the Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary's in Norton, Ma.
Patsy is excited to be back at St. Peter's in her new role and looking forward to getting to know the families of Saint Kateri and Our Lady of Lourdes. Patsy enjoys spending her spare time, kayaking, reading, playing softball, and being an Auntie to her nephew, Brian.
You can reach Patsy at 508-746-0663, ext. 206 or email her at Patsy Gillespie
Would you like to share the faith with the children of the parish by becoming a catechist, aide, small group leader, or a substitute teacher? We are still in need of volunteers for this year's faith formation program. Lesson plans, materials, and a teacher training manual are all provided for you. It takes a village to facilitate a Faith Formation Program. Will you be part of our village?
- Small Group Leaders for Confirmation I and II
- First Communion I for Tuesday at St. Peter's
- Grade 5 for Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes
- Grade 6-8 Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes
If you would like to help or need more information, please contact Patsy Gillespie at 508-746-0663, ext. 206. or email her Patsy Gillespie
It is not too late to register for Faith Formation. Please complete the attached registration form and include an up-to-date email address. We plan to do a great deal of our correspondence via email. Also please take a moment and add our new email address [email protected] to your contacts to ensure that we do not end up in your spam folder. Along with the registration form, you will also find a student pick up form/ photo release. We want to be sure that any person who is picking up your child from faith formation is listed on this form. We also plan on including photos form events, classes, and Mass in our parish newsletters and website, so it is important to have releases on file.
Kindly submit all forms, along with payment to: Mary, Queen of Martyrs Parish Faith Formation Office, 10 Memorial Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360
First Holy Communion (FHC) and Confirmation preparation are two-year programs. All children must complete the first-year preparation prior to registering for the second year. The requirements for FHC are 80% class attendance as well as attendance at the Reconciliation and Eucharistic Retreats. FHC is designed for children in grades 1-3 and the Confirmation program is designed for high school students. The requirements for Confirmation I and II are 80% attendance, 15 hours of Community Service, of which 8 need to be at the parish, as well as participation in the Retreats.
Tuition is as follows:
- 1 child-$75
- 2 children $125
- 3+ children-$150
Children will not be officially enrolled in classes until payment is received. If your family experiences any difficulties in meeting these financial obligations, please contact the Faith Formation office to make arrangements for a payment plan. No family will be turned away from our program due to finances.
There will be additional retreat fees for Sacrament Prep classes. Participation in these retreats is required.