The St Mary Magdalene Parish Faith Formation Program is made up of an extraordinary team of dedicated volunteers who gladly share their faith with the children, youth, adults and families of the parish.
Our Family Faith Formation Program supports and enhances the spiritual journey of the children and youth of our parish in conjunction with the circle of family that provides the primary foundation for their spiritual growth. Gathering as a community in the celebration of Mass, instils our children with a sense of belonging and celebration. We want our children to know that, in addition to their family; they are surrounded and supported by St. Mary Magdalene’s faith community as they embark on their spiritual journey.
The Faith Formation Team always welcomes the assistance of volunteers for all our programs and in the preparation of special occasions throughout the year, i.e. Christmas Pageant, First Eucharist and Confirmation Receptions. Please contact Patty Cameron, Director of Faith Formation, at 444-6018 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
Grades K to 7 Family Faith Formation
Because faith grows with those who are closet to us, St. Mary Magdalene Parish if offering “Family Style” Faith Formation for families with children in kindergarten to grade 7.
Combining eight engaging in person family sessions (once a month September to April) with nine simple and practical home sessions, families will explore their faith in our parish community and most importantly at home.
“Believing that parents, with their daily example of life, have the most effective capacity to transmit the beauty of the Christian faith to their children” (Directory for Catechesis n.224) the goal and mission of “Family Style” Faith Formation is to:
help families to learn to pray and to discuss their faith together
help parents to better understand their role as primary catechists
bring families together to share and deepen their Catholic faith
strengthen the relationship between the family and the Church
help establish ongoing faith practices within family life
integrate families into the parish community
help families grow in service to others in the wider community
For children in grade 2 (and up) wanting to receive the Sacrament of 1st Eucharist this year, families are asked to participate in Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation will take place throughout the year, beginning with preparing for and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A parent meeting will be held in the fall to explain the Sacrament preparation process.
Confirmation & High School Youth
Youth in grade 8 and up are invited to register to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation preparation takes place over two years from September till April each year. The Diocesan Confirmation Preparation program uses Alpha Youth and Decision Point or Chosen to encourage youth to their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus. Program delivery will be a mixture of online and in person sessions.
Adult Faith Formation
Throughout the year we provide opportunities in the form of evening retreats, bible studies or small group discussions for adult to explore and grow in their faith. Watch the parish bulletin for announcements about Adult Faith Formation opportunities.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are religious education sessions which run from September to May for new candidates who wish to join the Roman Catholic faith. A team of five lay persons and the pastor, Father Brennan, meet weekly between September and May with the candidates and their sponsors. The evenings are informal and relaxed. The agenda includes prayer, lesson study, a question and answer session, and a refreshment break.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Catholic community, or require more information please call the parish office.