Faith Formation Registration now open

Registration for the 20222023 school year has begun for all grades (pre-school thru high school). Please note that registration packets will not be mailed out this year. We ask that all registrations be done online.

Upcoming Activities


  • 2—CLOW and CFF Kickoff; Required Parent Meeting & Bell Ringing

  • 9—CLOW and CFF meet

  • 16—CLOW and CFF meet; Leaf Raking

  • 23—CLOW and CFF meet

  • 30—CLOW and All Saints Family Day

This year’s theme is “Together @ Home”. We are home when we gather together here at our Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Your children are invited to join Jesus Sunday morning as we begin a new year, a new curriculum with new catechists. Will you help your child “Come to Him” and know his love as our father?

Contact Amy Wilkins ( if you have any questions about Children’s Faith Formation.

Altar Servers Wanted

Are you or someone you know going into the 4th through 12th grade? Have you ever wanted to dress like Father Joe and be part of Mass? Now is your chance! Sign-up to be an Altar Server in the gathering space. Someone will get in touch with you regarding details for training.

Contact Kathy Russell for more information.

Take the Five-Day Parenting Challenge!

Me and My House, a Catholic parenting site offers a series of one- to two-minute videos on how to strengthen your relationship with your child. Sign up today to Take the 5 Day Challenge!

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 complete the registration form online.

  • Please email your questions to Children’s Formation Coordinator, Amy Wilkins, or call at 989-631-4447.

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.

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)