Youth Ministries

Our Vision

The vision of the Faith Formation Committee is to provide opportunities for lifelong faith formation for the St. Michael Catholic Community and affirm parishioners in the practice of their faith within the family, parish, and community, under the direction and leadership of the pastor. This is accomplished by providing a variety of programs and resources that will assist parishioners in their spiritual growth and outreach to others as the followers of Jesus Christ. Programs include Traditional, Family Faith, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (beginning at age three). The Faith Formation Board meets monthly.

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WHAT’S OUR PURPOSE?

The purpose of St. Michael’s Faith Formation Program is to provide opportunities for faith formation for the St. Michael Catholic Community and beyond; affirming participants in the practice of their faith within the family, parish, and community, under the direction and leadership of their pastor. This formation is based on Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the National Directory for Catechesis, and the Directives for Faith Formation from the Diocese of Gary.

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WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS A PARENT?

“The role of the family is the first soil on which is planted the seed of faith. Parents are the primary educators in the Faith. All members of the extended family have some role in the formation of young Christians.”

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WHAT IS ASKED OF YOUR FAMILY?

Attending Mass each week as a family provides an example for our children. Regular church attendance helps connect their religious instruction to living a life of faith. By attending weekly Mass, actively contributing to the support of the Church and being of service to others in the community children learn to live the message of the Gospel.

Additionally, attending faith formation classes every week is vital to your child’s understanding and learning about their Catholic faith.

Registration

This year’s registration is open! Any new parishioners will need to bring a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate. Documentation of transfer is needed if the child has been attending Faith Formation elsewhere.

To begin the registration process, please read the REGISTRATION PARENT INFORMATION and FAITH FORMATION HANDBOOK documents below:

Handbook Update 2023-2024

After reading the Faith Formation handbook, please download, print, and fill out the following:

Registration Form 2023-2024

Medical Release Form

Arrival – Dismissal Policy 2023-2024 

CALENDARS:

2023-2024-Parent-Calendar

Confirmation Calendar 2023-2024

DTM DATES 2023-2024

Sacraments Dates 2023-2024

Catch The Spirit Mass Dates 2023-2024

 

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

    • To apply for the Sunday Family Program, you must be a registered parishioner of at least 2 years.
    • Parent orientations-held first day of class in the school gym
    • Class sizes are not more than 15 students and no less than 5 per class
    • Classes held in St. Michael School classrooms
    • Classes led by volunteer trained Catechists
    • We follow the Lake Central School Calendar
    • You must be registered with the Faith Formation Office

 

Registration

This year’s registration is open! Any new parishioners will need to bring a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate. Documentation of transfer is needed if the child has been attending Faith Formation elsewhere.

To begin the registration process, please read the REGISTRATION PARENT INFORMATION and FAITH FORMATION HANDBOOK documents below 

Handbook Update 2023-2024

After reading the Faith Formation handbook, please download, print, and fill out the following:

Handbook Update 2023-2024

ADULT CONFIRMATION

“Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can better witness to Christ in word and deed” – CCC, no. 1285

CONFIRMATION FOR ADULTS – 2023

For the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

If you are a Baptized Catholic, 18 or older, out of high school and you have also received First Communion and First Reconciliation, but for whatever reason, you have not been confirmed, then this may be for you.

Preparation for Adult Confirmation will be offered on Tuesday:   *MUST Attend 2 classes

  • May 9- 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
  • May 16- 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

WHERE:   St. Michael Parish Hall/ West Meeting Room
1 W Wilhelm Street, Schererville, IN 46375

WHO MAY ATTEND:       A Candidate Must:

  • Be 18 years old AND out of high school
  • Have been baptizedin the Catholic Church
  • Provide Baptismal Certificate
  • Provide proof of Reconciliation & Holy Communion

CONFIRMATION MASS:        TBD

Location – Cathedral of the Holy Angels               640 Tyler Street Gary, 46402

To register, please download and complete the following form:

Adult Confirmation Registration Form 2023

Welcome to the Faith Formation Office!

Contact Us

Director of Religious Education: Kimberley Hoogeveen

Email Kimberley
219-322-3077, ext. 8328

Faith Formation Administrative Assistant: Mary Jo Rymarczyk

Email Mary Jo
219-322-3077, ext. 8329

 

Faith Formation Office Hours

Monday – Thursday                   9:00am-2:00pm

Friday                                      By Appointment

 

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St. Michael Faith Formation
16 West Wilhelm Street
Schererville, Indiana 46375
219-322-3077