High School: Grades 9 & 10 Faith Formation


Beginning in the Fall of 2016, students enrolled in our 9th and 10th grade program have three options to fulfill their Faith Formation requirements.

All students and their families will gather four times during the year *, in addition to these sessions:

  • Option 1: Service Learning: Students may choose either:

    • Assisting with our Saturday morning Faith Formation classes for children in grades kindergarten through 5. Tasks include serving as a classroom aide, taking attendance, supervising students during breaks, assisting catechists as needed, and possibly teaching a small segment of the class during the second semester. 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 a small group of middle-school students. They are considered an integral part of the team. Tasks include 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. A limited number of high-school participants may enroll for this option, with preference given to those who have already experienced the Family Program. Tasks include 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, high-school students are 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 is available for those who are “thinkers” and may have questions about their faith, such as those listed below. Participants are required to submit topics of interest in advance. Either Pastor Fr. Paul Steller or one of the St. Mary’s deacons will address your questions. Dates for Seeker sessions are the following Mondays:6 to 8 p.m. (A form to indicate your session preference will be available soon and is due Wednesday 9/28/16)**

    • November 7

    • November 28

    • December 5 (Gather as a Family) 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Completed form indicating session preference due Wednesday 11/30/16.)

    • January 9

    • January 23

    • January 30

    • February 6 (Gather as a Family) 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Completed form indicating session preference due Wednesday 2/1/17.)

    • April 3 (Gather as a Family) 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Completed form indicating session preference due Wednesday 3/29/17.)

Examples of questions are:

  • Do we have to believe everything in the Bible?

  • Evolution makes more sense to me than what is in the Bible about creation. Am I wrong to think this way?

  • If God made me, who made God?

  • Why do people have to be baptized and confirmed?

  • I really don’t get how Jesus is the Bread that we receive at Mass.

  • Option 3: Traditional High School Program: 12 Sunday sessions from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This option is for those who do not have questions and are unable to pursue Service Learning. We will use Matthew Kelly’s DVD and a textbook. This model is interactive and students are expected to take part in each of the 12 sessions, which begin with 12 noon Mass. Students will meet on the following days:

  • November 6 & 20

  • December 11

  • January 8, 22 & 29

  • February 12

  • March 12

Traditional High School program students also will participate in these family sessions:

  • December 3, 4 or 5

  • February 4, 5 or 6

  • April 1, 2 or 3

Register for High-School Faith Formation

Register here for the 2016/17 Faith Formation program at St. Mary’s.

Use this form to select your preferred track in the High School Faith Formation program.

  • NEW: Click here for your permission slip to volunteer at the Response to Love Center.

During the second semester, high-school students are encouraged to participate in the Diocesan Youth Convention, which will take place March 3 through 5, 2017.

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.