Faith Formation a.k.a. Religious Education or CCD

ABVM Family Night Out

 When: Wednesday, October 4, 6pm – 7:30pm

 Where: School Gym

 In response to Strong catholic families, All Parishioners are invited to attend ABVM Parish Family Night out. Come to enjoy dinner with your Family and friends, and learn more about Saints & Relics.

 All Ages Welcome


There will be Soup, Sandwiches, and Salad.  There is no charge to attend. A free will donation will be accepted.


After dinner we will have breakout sessions. Adults will listen to a speaker, and the youth will break into age groups to hear their own talks on the topic.


Tom Kneeshaw is a dynamic speaker, and we are blessed to have him coming to share his relic display and speak about the saints.  He recently spoke at a retreat, and it was said of him, “The adults were beyond riveted.” They said he did a great job with mixing Catholic facts and humor.


There will be babysitting provided for toddlers and younger who are not old enough to attend the sessions.


Call or email Beth Baltruczak

616-361-5126 x258

Assumption Faith Formation Mission

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations… Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Faith Formation Programs of Assumption Parish express the faith of the community and assist the community in fulfilling the catechetical mission of the Church as it seeks to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and foster mature faith in its members: children, youth, and adults.

For more information in regards to parking, absentee, rules and expectations in MISSION & PROGRAM

A Parent’s Role

At Baptism, parents agree to teach children to love and practice the Catholic Faith. Assumption Faith Formation is designed to support and assist in that goal as partners. Ways that the parents can have a greater role is to assist your child with the “At Home” section in the Student Book. This helps incorporate what the child is learning into their home life. You can increase the child’s faith formation by praying often as a family, teach the prayers given in class to be reinforced at home, attending weekly Mass, be actively involved in the life of the parish and encourage the children to do the same. The children know how important faith formation is as modeled by the parents. We encourage your involvement in Classroom as helpers to the Catechist, as hall monitors or offering to use your time and talent for successful Catechesis.

For more information, questions etc., please contact Cheryl Sokolowski, Director of Religious Education at 361-5126 x 257 or Renee Smith, Secretary at 361-5126 x256

Faith Formation Calendar 17-18calendar

Faith Formation (Word) – 2017-18 Registration_Form (Word Format)
Faith Formation  – 2017-18 Registration_Form (pdf Format)

Sunday map 2017

4 30 map 2017

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Preschool and Kindergarten  has 2 options:

During the 11:00 am Mass on Sundays. This is open all 4 – 5 years old children of the parish. This is structured program using the Loyola’s Christ our Life They will be engaged in song, activities, prayer time and active learning.  Through learning of the goodness of God, and the love of Jesus, the children respond to God in friendship and prayer. View an overview of the entire year

Or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offered either 4:30-6:00 PM on Wednesdays or 9:00 AM on Thursdays: This is open all 4 – 6 years old children of the parish. Each child is an important person to you as parents and to God. Parenting is a ministry, a service to life. You, as a parent, have the dignity of being the “original and irreplaceable” person in your child’s religious journey.  For more information about this program, go to:

Grade 1 (is a prerequisite for receiving the Sacraments in 2nd Grade) and has 4 options. You may choose either Sundays during the 11:00am Mass or WED 4:30-6:00 PM or WED at 6:30-8:00 PM

Through learning of the goodness of God, and the love of Jesus, the children respond to God in friendship and prayer. View the overview of the entire year


WED at 4:30-6:00 PM – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Each child is an important person to you as parents and to God. Parenting is a ministry, a service to life. You, as a parent, have the dignity of being the “original and irreplaceable” person in your child’s religious journey.  For more information about this program, go to:

Grade 2 classes are offered two different times:  4:30-6:00 pm or the 6:30-8:00 pm on WED.  The preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion begins in First Grade and the Sacraments normally takes place in the Second grade. Weekly attendance in the First and Second Grade is part of the process. Here is an overview of the year:

Grades 3-5 have two options at 4:30-6:00pm or the 6:30-8:00pm on WED.

What the children will be learning in: Grade 3:

What the children will be learning in: Grade 4:

What the children will be learning in: Grade 5:

Grades 6-7 you may choose either Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm or Junior High Youth Group Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00pm. We encourage you to choose both as the content and focus is different and both have the goal of producing strong Catholic youth.

Grade 8: Confirmation normally takes place in the 8th grade and weekly attendance in the 7th and 8th grade is part of the preparation process. Confirmation class is offered either 6:30-8:00pm on WED or Sunday 10:15-11:45.  If you are in high school and have not yet been confirmed, call Cheryl 361-5126 x257.

Junior High Youth Ministry takes place on Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00.

High School Youth Ministry takes place on Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00.

Special needs, special situations, disabilities?We would like to assist you in whatever ways we can support the faith formation of your child/youth Call Cheryl  361-5126 x 257 for more information.

If you are not currently enrolled in formal faith formation, please come and learn more about God through our programs.


Why Send Your Children to Faith Formation

The Faith Formation Programs helps the children understand the Sacraments, especially the Mass and hopefully develop a strong desire to attend regularly. They will learn to appreciate the most important rituals of our faith. The more we come to know and understand something, the more we appreciate it. For instance, how many small children will sit and watch the Superbowl? ……………It is only those who understand the game. What is going on and why. In the same way, the more children learn about the Mass, the responses, why we do what we do; then the more likely they will pay attention and remain focused. They will learn that the Sacraments have the power to transform us when we meet Christ there.

The Catechist will reinforce your moral and ethical values. Sometimes children “turn a deaf ear to the parents”; yet, when another adult reinforces the same value, all of a sudden it seems to make sense to the child. Children tend to think that they are the only ones in their school that cannot see a certain show or stretch a certain rule. When they hear the echoes of their parent’s morality, it helps for compliance.

Catechesis shows how the Gospel fully satisfies the desires of our heart. Happiness lies in living the Catholic Faith as Christ has modeled it. The more that we learn about Jesus and His plan for our lives, the more we live with meaning and purpose in our lives. We are all called to make a difference in the world around us.

Catechesis assists the children in fostering a relationship with Jesus through developing personal prayer.  They learn both the traditional prayer and spontaneous prayer and learn to pray to Jesus as a friend. Once we develop a love relationship with Jesus, we are more willing to want to please Him.

Children will learn that we have a co-responsibility to be involved in the missionary activity of the church and to reach out to others in need. We are called to be Disciples of Christ by virtue of our baptism. This means bringing Christ to the world, the home, the family, the school, etc.

Your child will meet and hopefully become friends with peers with similar beliefs and morals as their own. You can reinforce the friendships that they are forming, by providing opportunities for them in playgroups or outside activities with children of similar morals and values, as well. The power of positive peer pressure is important.

Great quotes

“Train up a child in the way they should go; Even when old, they will not swerve from it.” Proverbs  22:6

National Directory for Catechesis, pg 234 “Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for their children. They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators, or catechists. They catechize primarily by the witness of their Christian lives and their love of the faith.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church “The Christian home is the place where children receive to first proclamation of the faith. For this reason, the family home is rightly called “the domestic church” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues, and of Christian Charity.” (CCC 1666)

Pope Francis, “The life of a family is filled with beautiful moments: rest, meals together, walks in the park or the countryside, visits to grandparents or to a sick person… But if love is missing, joy is missing, nothing is fun. Jesus gives always gives us that love: he is its endless source. In the sacrament he gives us his word and he gives us the bread of life, so that our joy may be complete.”

Quote from Follow the Way of Love “The family exists at the heart of all societies.  It is the first and most basic community to which every person belongs.    There is nothing more fundamental to our vitality as a society and as a Church. For, in the words of Pope John Paul II, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” (On the Family, no. 86). click here for the context