High School: Grades 9 & 10 Faith Formation


Registrations are being accepted for the 2017/18 Faith Formation year at St. Mary of the Assumption – including our High School program. Click here for a registration form.

Interested in playing some softball this summer? St. Mary’s, along with nearby parishes, is forming a co-ed team to compete in a Buffalo Diocesan league. Call (716) 683-8564 or email theresec@stmarysonthehill.org to learn more.

On Monday, June 12 and Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m., meetings will be held for high school Faith Formation students and their parents or guardians about this past school year’s program. Did it bring you closer to God? Did you learn more about the Church and its traditions? Was it a positive experience? Do you rely more on God now than you did a year ago? What are your suggestions for next year? We welcome your input! Please join us, ask questions, and make suggestions …

During the 2016/17 year, the following High School Faith Formation options were offered:

  • Option 1: Service Learning

    • Assisting with our Saturday morning Faith Formation classes for children in grades kindergarten through 5. Tasks included serving as a classroom aide, taking attendance, supervising students during breaks, assisting catechists as needed, and teaching a small class segments. Saturday morning classes last from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    • Assisting with our middle school program on 16 Monday evenings. High-school student lead small groups of middle-school students. Tasks included preparing for sessions in advance. These sessions last from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    • Assisting with our Family Program, six times a year on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tasks included set-up and clean-up, taking registration, participating with families, serving as teachers, assisting in classrooms, babysitting, reading assignments given to families via the parish website, listening to talks by Pastor Fr. Paul Steller, and being present for all activities. In addition to the six regular session, these students were required to attend at least two Seeker sessions. (See below.)

  • Option 2: Seekers: 8 Monday sessions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This option was available for those “thinkers” who had questions about their faith. Participants were required to submit topics of interest in advance. Dates for 2016/17Seeker sessions were the following Mondays: 6 to 8 p.m. 


  • Option 3: Traditional High School Program: 12 Sunday sessions from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This option was for those who did not have questions and were unable to pursue Service Learning. Sessions began with 12 noon Mass. Students met on the following days:

  • November 6 & 20

  • December 11

  • January 8, 22 & 29

  • February 12

  • March 12

Traditional High School program students also participated in these family sessions:

  • December 3, 4 or 5

  • February 4, 5 or 6

  • April 1, 2 or 3



Service days take place at various locations in the fall and spring. High-school students are asked to sign up for one each semester. 


If you have any questions on St. Mary’s High-School Faith Formation program, please call (716)683-6445 or email Director of Faith Formation Sr. Therese Chmura at theresec@stmarysonthehill.org.