Faith Formation

Our children’s faith formation sessions have ended for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to the families and catechists that joined us to plant seeds of faith. Continue to sow PEACE, blossom with JOY and cultivate KINDNESS within your family and our community. We look for-ward to the fall when we meet again to grow the Kingdom of God even more.

In the meantime consider signing up (participants and volunteers) for Vacation Bible School taking place in June here at Assumption. Registration is open. Details are in the bulletin.

Would you be interested?

Our parish has begun the process of hiring a new Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation.

This is a part-time position that involves planning, organizing and overseeing the parish’s offerings focused on nurturing the faith of our younger (pre-school and elementary age) parishioners and their families.

If you would like further information on this opportunity (or would like to suggest someone whom you feel would be well fitted for this ministry), please contact the parish office at 631-4447.

Called to Love is the theme for our 2020-2021 Assumption BVM Faith Formation.

Our mission is to accompany your family to an encounter with Christ through faith formation. This year our encounter will focus on how we are all “Called to Love”- God and our neighbors. We are excited to help your family put that love into action within your homes, community and world.

This year, all faith formation levels will be structured in a “hybrid” model using different formats, depending on grade level. We will meet in person, when possible, conduct virtual sessions and provide packets for in home use. We will be updating you with more details as we get closer to our faith formation kickoff on September 27th. Save the date for this fun family event where we begin to answer our “Call to Love”.

As registered members of the parish, your child(ren) are called to be a part of our Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Before we begin this year, we need ALL families to update their family information and medical treatment release forms. These two documents can be downloaded and fill out electronically in Adobe Reader. Please return to our parish office professional, Sharon Worthington (, by Wednesday, September 16. If you have any problems or questions, please call the office at 631-4447.

It gives us great comfort that the Holy Spirit is guiding our planning! We ask for your prayers as the year enfolds. Yours in Christ, Kathy Russell, Director of Youth Ministry (6-12th grade)

Sarah Hocking, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (PreK-5th grade)

We are excited to announce our Children’s Faith Formation Catechists for this school year:

Preschool: Tim Farkas/Sarah Hocking

Kindergarten: Marcia Schneider

First Grade: Bridget Smith

Second Grade: Sandy Zondlak

Third Grade: Manuel Prado

Fourth Grade: Noreen Warrick

Fifth Grade: Erin & McKenna Spindler

Thank you for answering the “Call to Love”!

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

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)