High School: Grades 9 & 10 Faith Formation

hs-group-with-owczarczaks-0916-wClick here to register for the 2017/2018 Faith Formation program at St. Mary’s.

In addition to attending Generations of Faith four times during the year, as well as the Diocesan Youth Convention on Saturday, March 3, students in grades 9 and 10 serve as Faith Formation classroom aides in grades K-5 and as small group discussion leaders in grades 6-8.

The alternative to this program is our Traditional High School Faith Formation Program: attending the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, followed by a an hour-long session using the Matthew Kelly textbook Decision Point. On six Sundays, students will attend sessions on the Bible, presented by Fr. Paul Steller. Students in the Traditional program also attend Generations of Faith and the Diocesan Youth Convention.

Traditional Faith Formation Program session are held on the following Sundays from 10 a.m. (Mass) to 12:15 p.m. :

  • September 17 & 24

  • October 15 & 29

  • November 5 & 19

  • December 10

  • January 7 & 21

  • February 11

  • Saturday, March 3: Youth Convention

  • March 11 & 18

  • April 22 & 29

Generations of Faith sessions take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. (You need attend at only one of these times) on the following dates:

  • September 30, October 1 or October 2

  • December 2, 3 or 4

  • February 3, 4 or 5

  • April 14, 15 or 16

We have five religious education class options for our high school students:

  •  Volunteering to play an instrument or singing in the Youth Choir at the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, twice a month from September through June. (This option can also count as volunteer hours at your school.)

  • Serving as a classroom aide on Saturday mornings.

  • Serving as a small-group discussion guide on Monday evenings.

  • Attending 15 classes on Sunday mornings after 10 a.m. Mass, six of which are taught by Fr. Paul Steller.

  • Family Faith Formation Program participants may attend Fr. Paul’s sessions for family program gatherings and also help set up, assist and clean up during monthly gatherings, including Generations of Faith.

In addition, the High School Faith Formation Program consists of five events at which attendance is mandatory:

  • All four 2017/2018 sessions of Generations of Faith.

  • The all-day Diocesan Youth Convention in Buffalo on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

 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, CSSF, at theresec@stmarysonthehill.org.