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Our mission is to hear the Word, share in the sacrifice, serve the Lord, and create community.

Faith Formation at St. Mary's

The seeds of our faith in Jesus Christ are sown in baptism and are first nurtured in the domestic church, the home. 

Our parish operates a Catholic School.  At St. Mary's School, children from age 3 through Grade 8 learn about their faith in religion classes, through prayer and the sacraments, and by daily life in a Catholic community.  Second Grade, Ninth Grade, and Tenth Grade are special years for parish children and youth.  During those years, we prepare them for receiving sacraments.

We believe that the desire to know God and to grow in faith, hope, and love continues throughout life.  Adults are especially encouraged to participate in Faith Formation at St. Mary's.

Please read on for information about Faith Formation for adults, children, and youth at St. Mary's.


First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Second Grade

The First Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation Registration form for 2016-2017 is available here.

Children and parents attend sessions together on Saturday mornings and are also expected to attend Generations of Faith with their families each month as well as weekly mass.  The children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent, followed by First Eucharist during the Easter season.

There are three sessions on Saturday mornings to prepare for First Reconciliation in the fall. The 2016 dates of these classes are: October 1, November 5, and December 3, 2016 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Children prepare for this Sacrament first.  The children will celebrate their first Reconciliation on December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m..

There are four sessions to prepare for First Eucharist in the spring.  These classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10:30 a.m. in Holy Family Hall and the 2017 dates are: February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6.  The children will celebrate their First Holy Communion on Sunday May 7, 2017, at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

These sessions are in addition to the required attendance at the Generations of Faith Program which is held on the third Wednesday of each month: September 21, 2016; October 19, 2016; November 16, 2016; January 18, 2017; February 8, 2017; and March 15, 2017.

If you need additional information please contact Laura at the Parish Office at 725-3804.


Ninth Grade: Youth begin preparing for Confirmation in the late fall of Ninth Grade.  They are assisted by the parents during this phase of their preparation.  Sessions continue throughout Spring and students do 6 hours of community service for the year.  The first Candidate/Parent Class will be Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and will be in Holy Family Hall.  The complete 9th grade schedule can be found here.

If you have not registered in the parish and wish to have your child prepare for Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office at 725-3804.
Tenth Grade: The first confirmation session for 10th graders and their sponsor is Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Confirmation is celebrated with the Bishop on May 3, 2017. Youth choose an adult sponsor for this phase of their preparation.  Youth and sponsors attend six sessions during the year and an Evening of Reflection.  There is also a 24-hour retreat for youth in November and youth do 12 hours of community service for the year. The complete 10th grade schedule can be found here.

Information about these dates and the program have been mailed to families.  If you have not received a letter and wish to register your child for Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office at 725-3804.


Generations of Faith

Generations of Faith is for all members of the parish, from Preschool (age 4) through Adult. Childcare is available free of charge for those under the age of 4.  GOF is the way our parish educates children and youth about the basics of their Catholic faith.  GOF also is designed for adults - to answer their questions about the Catholic faith, explain religious traditions, and help them grow in relationship with God.
GOF is once per month on Wednesday evening.  There are six events, on the third Wednesday of every month.  The dates for 2016-2017 are: September 21, October 26, November 16, January 18, February 8, and March 15.  Our subject this year is Living the Moral Life.

The evening events begin at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.  A delicious supper is served by the confirmation students from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00.  A free will offering is collected for the meal.

If you are the parent of a child or teen, you are asked to come with them to Generations of Faith.  These are "family-style" events that include a group activity and then special learning sessions for children in Preschool-K (4/5 years) through the eighth grade.  Grade 9 to adults learn in a large group setting throughout the evening. There is Nursery care for children age 1 to 3 years.

There is a small admission fee plus a free-will offering for the meal.  All six events (a season ticket) is available for $30.  Individual events are $6 each.  Advance registration is not required, but is preferred for planning purposes. Registration forms are available here or at the parish office.


Children's Liturgy of the Word

Ages 4 to 1st Grade

Children hear and learn about the Gospel in a way that is understandable for them.  Children come forward for a blessing before the Gospel is read and return after the homily.  At weekend Masses during the school year.

[Registration is not required.]



Preparing for the Sacraments

Parish Office: 507-725-3804

  • Marriage and Baptism: Contact Fr. Fasnacht
  • First Reconciliation and First Eucharist:  Contact Laura Eglinton
  • Confirmation:  Contact Sue Stemper
  • Becoming a member of the Catholic Church (Adults): Contact Sr. Michaeline Healy

St. Mary's School: 507-725-3355

  • Preschool - Grade 8: Contact Brother Roger Betzold, Principal


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