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

Register Now for Religious Education Classes for 2021-22

Dear Parents,

I’m excited to announce what Faith Formation will look like this Fall. Everyone will be meeting week in-person starting October 3rd! This year we will once again offer a hybrid program for those classes that need them. Faith Formation classes will run on Sundays at St. Charles from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and St. Joseph from 5:30-7:30 p.m. October through May (please see attached tentative schedule). Nursery will also be coming back to St. Charles during the 11 a.m. Mass! If you have preschoolers 3-5 years old, we’d love to have them.

I’m also super excited to announce that Faith Formation at St. Charles will have a new “home”. The white house, old convent, which ever term you know it as, is going to become the new Faith Formation Center. We will be having all our classes, nursery through 8th grade here. The parish has been working hard getting it ready for us and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

This year we will be meeting every week in person (unless we are told differently). For those that would still like to participate remotely we will have Zoom links set up so that your child can log in and participate with their class. Please make sure to check the box if you would prefer to participate remotely.

We will again be using the Gospel Weeklies for our first, third, fourth/fifth, sixth/eighth graders this year. The Gospel Weeklies go through our liturgical year and the lessons coordinate with each week’s Gospel. This year they have also added a parent guide component that will allow parents to teach all their children together rather than individual lessons by age.

Our second graders will continue to use Go, Seek, Find from St. Mary’s Press. Instead of using a traditional textbook or workbook, the children interact with and explore The Catholic Children’s Bible, seeing how Scripture relates to their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, they are learning about—in a way they can. Our seventh graders/Confirmation students will be using Decision Point by Matthew Kelly. They will also have the option to complete either the Teen Bible Timeline or Theology of the Body for Middle schoolers.

Seventh Grade/Confirmation Parents: 

Our confirmation program is a one-year program with the candidates being confirmed in the Spring of 2022. The Shine Rally this year is scheduled for March 26, 2021 at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. Please mark your calendars for this event as this will be part of the Confirmation program’s Confirmation Retreat.

Sacramental Preparation Classes

If you have a child who has reached the age of reason (age 7) and has not received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation or First Holy Communion, please let me know as there are special classes outside of our regularly scheduled faith formation classes that they will need to attend to prepare for reception of these sacraments.

Finally, we are always looking for new (or previous) volunteers to be catechists and/or aides in the Religious Education programs at both parishes. We currently need catechists for 1st – 3rd grades at St. Charles.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the office 794-2145.

Important Dates to Remember

Sunday Night Kickoff – October 3, 2021 at both St. Charles and St. Joseph

Saint Sock Sale Fundraiser – October 24th, 31st, and November 7th

March for Life Trip in Washington DC for 7th/ 8th Graders – January 21st

Shine Rally – (5th – 8th graders) March 26, 2021

In Christ,
Tessa Hoffman
Coordinator of Religious Education
St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary
thoffman@saintscjm.com
(517) 204-8785

Click here to print out the Religious Education Registration Forms for 2021-22.
Click here to fill out the registration form online.
Click here to fill out the medical release form online.
Click here to fill out the media relations form online.

**Fees for Religious Education Classes are $40 per student or $120 for families with 3 students or more**

Religious Education Calendar for 2021-22

General Faith Formation Information

Preparation for and celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist take place in the second grade. Confirmation is celebrated every spring with the seventh grade students. Students are expected to attend yearly catechesis to prepare themselves for Confirmation and living a life-long faith. 

The elementary religious education program offers a comprehensive and developmental coverage of the basic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and the content is completely correlated to the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. Volunteers and youth ages 14 and older who would like to share their faith and enjoy being with youth are welcome to help with this ministry as catechists, sacramental preparation teachers (preparing older students who have not yet received the sacraments) or aides.

Youth Ministry Program (YM3):                                                                                          

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 the YM3 page or by contacting our youth ministers by email jmschmiedick@saintscjm.com.

*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.
Classes begin in the Fall at St. Joseph and at St. Charles.

Looking for something to fill your time?

Could you spare 2 hours a week to help our youth?  Please consider sharing your love of your faith with our youth and become a catechist.   If you are interested, please contact Tessa at (616) 794-2145 or thoffman@saintscjm.com.