1st grade co-catechist needed

Aides for Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:30am mass and faith formation in the classrooms after mass. Aides can be middle school age and up.

trust and Safety

To foster and maintain an atmosphere of trust and safety in its ministry to minors, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish follows the Standards of Ministerial Behavior for Those Working with Children and Young People, established by the Diocese of Saginaw. We will set appropriate boundaries to assure a safe place for our children and young people in all church ministries and programs. For further information and full documentations of these Standards of Behavior, please visit the Diocese of Saginaw website.

Children's Faith Formation Program

  • Our children’s faith formation program supports spiritual growth for pre-school, kindergarten, and grades 1-5.
  • Children in these grades meet on Sunday morning after Mass at 10:45 am until noon.
  • Our preschool catechist utilizes a lectionary-based curriculum that allows the Sunday readings to come alive in an exciting, interactive way for our preschoolers.
  • Kindergarteners experience God through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Please see a description of this program in the next section below.
  • Our 1st grade through 5th grade curriculum is Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press. This program was developed according to the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: what Catholics believe, how we worship, how we live and how we pray. Using an integrated approach, the essentials of Catholic teaching are presented to the children in a way that helps them to learn about and deepen their faith.
  • Several times a year we also come together with our families and parish community for special celebrations and service projects.
  • To enroll please print out and complete the registration forms, or listed below. Return the completed forms to the parish office (open Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M).
  • Please email your questions to Children’s Formation Coordinator, Sarah Hocking, or call at 989-631-4447.

The Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament

Nolan Collison, Maria DeSantis, Sarah English, Mallory Hoeh, Sophia LaLonde, Lila Love, Autumn Luick, Henna McDonald, Adriana Mellana, Frank Nguyen, Hilary Nguyen

The Sacrament of First Eucharist was celebrated Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Assumption

Nolan Collison, Maria DeSantis, Sarah English, Mallory Hoeh, Sophia LaLonde, Lila Love, Autumn Luick, Henna McDonald, Frank Nguyen, Hilary Nguyen

the catechisis of the good shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Used at the kindergarten level. This is a program of faith formation that presents the most important realities of the catholic faith to the youngest members of the church. This is achieved by: 1) a prepared environment (atrium) and 2) a trained catechist whose sources are scripture and liturgy.

These presentations are chosen to convey the essentials of the faith in a manner appropriate to the child’s development. The child is then invited to internalize and respond to the presentation by working with the materials themselves. Photos of the Atrium.



  • Four, five, six (and seven year olds who have not made their First Eucharist) are invited to attend CLOW during Sunday Mass.
  • Children are dismissed from Mass after the Introductory Rite where they will hear and reflect on the Sunday readings at their age level, have a simple interactive Profession of Faith and pray for the needs of our world, the church and the community.
  • They return to the larger assembly at the preparation of the gifts.
  • In 2019-2020, we will meet every Sunday starting September 22, 2019 until May 31, 2020 except Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Easter Sunday. This program is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.

Forms and calendar for Children’s Faith Formation

  • September
  • Sept. 22 CFF Begins / CLOW Begins
  • Parish Picnic / noon at ABVM Sept 29 No CFF
  • October
  • Oct. 6 CFF meets & Parent Meeting
  • Oct. 13 Family Mission Rosary
  • Oct. 20 CFF meets
  • Oct. 27-30 MACC Mission
  • November
  • Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 CFF meets
  • December
  • Dec. 1 No CFF (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 8 Advent Family Gathering
  • Dec. 15 CFF meets
  • Dec. 22, 29 No CFF or CLOW (Merry Christmas)
  • January
  • Jan. 5 No CFF
  • Jan. 12 CFF meets
  • Jan. 19 No CFF
  • Jan. 26 CFF meets, Sac. Prep Begins
  • February
  • Feb. 2, 9, 16 CFF meets
  • Feb. 22 Mardi Gras Parish Party
  • Feb. 23 No CFF
  • March
  • March 1 Lenten Family Gathering
  • March 8, 15, 22 CFF meets
  • March 29 No CFF (Spring Break)
  • April
  • April 5 No CFF (Spring Break)
  • April 12 No CFF or CLOW (Happy Easter)
  • April 19 CFF meets
  • April 26 CFF meets (Last Session)
  • MAY
  • May 3 YM Welcomes 5th Grade
  • May 31 Last CLOW session
  • JUNE
  • June 15-18 Vacation Bible School

Study Requirements and parent practices - KINDERGARTEN through 5th Grade

From kindergarten through 5th grade all children should know and understand certain prayers and practices of our Catholic faith based on their grade level. Click for the Online Study Guide and Parents Practices, or use the PDF version. We hope you find it useful in supporting your children on their faith journey.

“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)