Religious Education, St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary


Religious Education & Formation for Children ages 1-3, Preschool and Kindergarten:      A nursery for children ages 1-3, preschool for children ages 4-5 and Kindergarten is held on Sunday mornings during the 9:00 am mass at St. Charles Borromeo.  These take place in McKinney Hall on the lower level of the church building. Prayer, story time and appropriate activities are offered during this time. The preschool and kindergarten programs use a lectionary based program from Pflaum publishers that focus on the readings for that week.

Religious Education & Formation for Children in First through Seventh Grade:

St. Charles Borromeo Program:                                                                                                        Classes for 1st grade – 8th grade are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm from October through April. Classes are held in St. Charles Borromeo School and McKinney Hall.

St. Joseph-St. Mary Program:                                                                                                              Students in preschool through eigth grade meet Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm from September through April in the gym and class is held at St. Joseph.

Youth Ministry Program (YM3):                                                                                          

Confirmed eighth graders and high school students are encouraged to join. The group gathers twice a month for various activities.  Each year, YM3  hosts outreach and focus events while also attending retreats and the conference in Steubenville. More information can be found on their Facebook or by contacting the youth minister.

*Any child 7 years and older that has not been baptized and  would like to receive Sacraments should contact Tessa Hoffman to arrange for RCIA classes. Tessa Hoffman can be reached at 754-4194 ext. 130.

New and exciting things are coming to our Sunday and Tuesday night Faith Formation classes. This year we will be using Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies. It is a wonderful program that is anchored in the Sunday Gospels and the Mass. Our First Communion students will again be using St. Mary’s Press “Go, Seek, Find”.  With this program children are led on an adventure of discovery as they explore the rich and beautiful significance of the sacraments in their lives. Our Confirmation students (7th Grade) will be using Decision Point by Matthew Kelly. Decision Point engages young Catholics in a conversation about the genius of Catholicism. Our 8th graders will be continuing their faith formation by going through the Teen Bible Timeline and Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers by Ascension Press. It is going to be great year. Registrations will be coming out in the next few weeks with classes starting the end of September. If you have any questions, please contact Tessa Hoffman at

Sign up for Religious Education the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd after all Masses. Cost is $40 per student with a cap of $120 for families with 3 or more students.
Classes begin at St. Joseph September 30th and at St. Charles October 2nd.

Looking for something to fill your time?

Could you spare 2 hours a week to help our youth? Catechists are still needed for this year’s Faith Formation classes on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Please consider sharing your love of your faith with our youth and become a catechist. Catechists are needed for 1st, 3rd, and 8th grades and a catechist’s aid for 2nd grade on Sunday nights and 2nd and 8th grades on Tuesday nights.  If you are interested, please contact Tessa at (616) 794-2145 or


Reserve your spot today! Attention all 6th – 9th graders if you are interested in attending the Holy Fire Retreat in Chicago please contact Tessa Hoffman at (616) 794-2145 or We can get a discounted rate if we reserve our spots by October 1st . This year we are again renting our own bus for the trip. This is going to be an amazing opportunity and we don’t want anyone to miss out! If you are interested, please contact Tessa at (616) 794-2145 or