Religious Education and Faith Formation
Thanks for visiting. I’d like to invite you to dive into the many good things available through our parish – things to help you grow in your Catholic faith, aim your heart firmly towards Heaven, and deepen daily in the call to love without measure. We’re here to help and to serve you; it’s our joy and privilege to do so. Check out the offerings below, and feel free to contact my office anytime: 301-292-0527 ext. 104 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
What’s going on now at St. Mary’s?
NEW! (2013-2014) PSR Registration Form Click on this link, fill it in online and then print: Registration Form
NEW! (2013-2014) PSR Schedule Click on this link: PSR Schedule
THANK YOU TO OUR PSR CATECHISTS AND AIDES:
Kindergarten/1st Grade: Leonora Schilling
Grade 2: Chyrelle Countiss
Grade 3/4: Mary Maresch
Grade 5/6: Andrea Camardella
Grade 7/8: Joel Sweda
Helpers: Paola, Marty, Sam Carts, Heather Keimig, Stephanie Maresch, Mia Countiss, Steve Maresch, Michelle Maresch, Julie Watson, Susan Landis, Rita Underwood (who just retired after many years of teaching) and Karen Voglezon.
NEW! (2013-2014) Click on this link: Great Ways to Grow in Your Faith, Hope and Love
NEW! (2013-2014) Click on this link: Revelation Study
NEW! (2013-2014) Click on this link: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Below is a link to our current calendar for our Sunday School (K-12) program, as well as for our First Communion and Confirmation programs: (PSR has ended but will resume in September. Please print off a registration form on our "home page".
Click HERE to read Joe Keimig's Lecture on "Who is God to You Now?"
Joe Keimig went to his heavenly reward on 7/31/2013. This is the last speech he gave to our RCIA class before going to be with Jesus!
For immensely helpful downloadable handouts on all areas of our Catholic faith, check out this link:
Wonderful, free and engaging explanations of our faith that you can read and shareWhat’s your need?
Here are a few more!
Maybe your need is…to grow in your ability to discern God’s will…to learn to defend your faith…to find a place to worship on vacation…to help a loved one who opposes the faith…to handle depression…to deal with stress…to find a place for good Catholic family resources…to form and engage children at home…to find good Catholic music for teenagers…to find out about vocations. Here’s a link to a resource page for all these and many, many more issues:
Whatever Your Need Is – Here Are Some Great Resources
Having some struggles?
We all need help sometimes. How about some solid help that doesn’t forget that you have a soul, and doesn’t forget that God matters. Here’s a link to a list of faithful, affordable, and accessible Catholic counselors in our area (for individuals, married couples, and families), as well as some of the best resources available on a whole range of common life challenges:
Real Help for Life’s Challenges
Faith formation that comes to you!
Here’s a list of CDs of dynamic and helpful teachings to build your faith, ground your hope, and strengthen your ability to love God and others:
§ Who is God – The Blessed Trinity
§ Who Am I?– Made in God's Image
§ How Does God Speak to Us? – Revelation§ Who is Our Savior? – The Person of Jesus
§ Broken Relationship: Evil and Original Sin
§ Restored Relationship: The Covenants of God
§ Salvation, Justification, and the Paschal Mystery
§ The Holy Spirit and the Birth of the Church
§ The Four Marks of the True Church
§ Our Charter of Freedom: The Ten Commandments
§ The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell
§ God the Father and Creator
§ The Family of the Church: The Communion of Saints
§ The Mother of Us All: The Blessed Virgin Mary
§ Redemptive Suffering: The Power of Pain
§ The Sacrament of Mercy: Reconciliation
§ Receiving the Bread of Life: A Lover’s Gift
§ The Eucharist for Sacrifice
§ The Eucharist for the Poor
§ The Eucharist for Authority
§ The Eucharist for Love of Scripture
§ The Eucharist for Conversion
§ The Eucharist for the Saints
§ The Eucharist for Beauty
§ The Eucharist for Science
§ The Fight of Your Life: Spiritual Combat
§ Love and Contraception
§ The Gospel Call to Purity
§ The Mercy of God and New Life in Christ
§ Evangelization: The Call to Share Your Hope
§ Evangelization and Divisions in the Body of Christ
§ How to Become a Saint
§ Ten Secrets to Authentic Joy
§ The Best Resources Out There: Plugging into Holy Mother Church
§ All About Annulments: Real Answers, Real Help
§ Take Back Your Kids: Keeping Them Catholic
The titles above are mostly single CDs; a few are two CDs. When you email to request a title, please give us your mailing address. The CDs are free, but a $3.00 donation for each title would be appreciated to cover the material and mailing costs. Send requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also some outstanding and affordable online collections of CD talks by excellent Catholic speakers. These are well-worth your time to explore. Here’s the links:
What’s the bottom line goal of faith formation?
It’s the joy of being perfected in love – sainthood – of becoming what we’re made to be!
So, are we really called to be saints?
Yes! If Jesus said it, it must be possible!
You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48
Is that realistic?
Yes! God loves you as you are, but won’t leave you as you are – He’s got a great plan for your joy.
For with God nothing will be impossible. ~ Luke 1:37
Is that hard?
Yes! It’s hard to be a saint, but it’s harder not to be, because that means we are living against what we are made to be.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way out, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Is it worth it?
Yes! The call to holiness is always a call to joy, and to see a vision of life that is God’s own – filled with deep purpose, real hope, and a love that never ends.
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. ~ John 15:11
To make it personal, it may help to see the amazing things God has done in others’ lives. Just click on any one of them to listen: