Parents are the primary teachers of the faith to their children.

At St. Mary we understand that an effective Youth Ministry program cannot work without the cooperation, and involvement of parents. As the Catholic Church teaches, “…parents are consecrated by the sacrament of marriage to a specific function: they are active co-workers in the salvific and evangelizing mission of the Church, a service they perform by their educational duties toward their children.” (Gaudium et Spes no. 6).

Parents are the primary teachers of the faith to their children. Our Youth Ministry program seeks to aid parents in that mission by being a support and resource that parents can turn to, especially during the teenage years.

Here are some resources we currently offer:

Opportunities for Parents:

Why not continue your Adult Education by taking a class this year? We have many offerings to choose from. Please remember, space is sometimes limited! Please watch the bulletin for details about any costs or registration deadlines.

RCIA Classes (Open to all parishioners) begins September 12, Mondays until Easter. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Mondays from 7:30– 8:15pm in the church. Classes are taught by all priests and members of the RCIA Team. All adults are welcome— you can already be Catholic/ don’t have to become Catholic to attend.

Revelation: Kingdom Yet to Come (Two Sessions) Sept. 15, continuing for 11 weeks on Thursdays at 9:45am, Courtyard Meeting Room, register by Sept. 7. Sept. 21, continuing for 11 weeks on Wednesdays at 9:45am, Courtyard Meeting Room, register by Sept. 16. Cost: $20 due first day of class. Revelation is the first “ongoing” study in The Great Adventure Bible Study Program. In this intriguing look at one of the most talked about books in Scripture, Jeff Cavins explores Revelation to demonstrate how the kingdom established by Christ in his Church is intimately connected with the kingdom of heaven, especially through the celebration of the Mass. You will learn what all the mysterious figures and images of Revelation present, as well as what will happen during the Second Coming of Christ, what has already happened, and what is happening now in salvation history.

Walking with Purpose: Walking with Purpose (WWP) is a Catholic women’s Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. There are several 22-week courses offered by WWP. This year Saint Mary is offering two courses—all women of the parish are invited to join us! You can get more information by visiting www.

Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point  This foundational course is designed for women who are new to WWP as well as those with more experience in Bible Study. Join us as we dive deeper into the core questions that we need to wrestle with if we want to experience all that God has for us. Some of the questions we’ll explore: • How can I conquer my fears? • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in my life? • What does the Eucharist have to do with my friendship with Christ? • What are the limits of Christ’s forgiveness? • Why and how should I pray? • What is the role of suffering in my life? • What challenges will I face in my efforts to follow Jesus more closely?

Discovering our Dignity gives us modern-day advice from women of the Bible. Ancient wisdom, sage advice, sorrowful failures and woundedness. In Discovering our Dignity, we learn that women of the Old and New Testament were sometimes as flawed and broken as we can be. Yet, the power of God worked in their lives. Through their stories recorded in Scripture, they reach out to touch our “present” in a tender, honest and loving way—woman to woman.

Both classes start September 29 • Thursday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm in the Parish Life Center • Materials: There is a book which can be bought online (visit, go to “Store,” then “Study Guides) or through the church. We will discuss these options at the first meeting. • Registration: Register when you come to the class. • Questions: Contact Lori Mattson,

Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant with You: (September 28–November 9): Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Courtyard Meeting Room. Cost: $20 due first day of class. This is not a bible study, there is no written homework, just eight simple sessions that will allow you to experience God’s hope, healing and loving mercy in this once-ina-lifetime program. This is an 8-week journey through salvation history, from God’s merciful promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, to the prophets’ call to renewal, to the fulfillment of God’s promises in Christ. Fr. Jeffrey Kirby (via DVD format) will guide group members through God’s covenant with his people, by explaining the events of the Bible and showing how God pours out his mercy even after they stray from Him again and again.

Experience the joy of following Christ: (Starts January 5, 2017 and continues for 8 weeks) Thursday mornings at 9:45am in the Courtyard Meeting Room. Cost: $15. Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer—He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.