We have the great responsibly of giving our children the gift of faith.  “Books can help but ultimately, sharing the faith cannot be delegated to books or media.  Faith can be awakened only by the oldest means in the world:  from heart to heart, form person to person. The best books, the coolest movies (the best religious education program) cannot substitute for parents or grandparents who say “I believe in Jesus.  May I show you how wonderful that is?” Or, “Come, let’s set out together and learn more about our loving God.” Nothing can substitute for the conversation between people who love and trust each other.  Only in a space of loving closeness can the treasure of the faith be shared, passed on, or discovered together.  …And it is not only the children who learn something.   How often have parents said, “It was only when I explained it to my child that it really made sense to me.”
(Taken from Youcat for Kids p 8)

Bible Suggestions for Younger Children

Registration & Fees

Regular Fee: $95/child. Family Max $295.
There are still some spots in our Faith on Fire program. Register soon to be part of our kick off events!

NEW! 7th and 8th graders have the option of choosing Fuel with Pflaum OR Ignite for their catechesis OR they can do both.  We are waiving all fees for 7th & 8th graders this year.

Register Online

Week of March 15 - Jesus Comes for Sinners

Week of April 5 - Thomas Sees Jesus!

Week of April 19 - Jesus is the Good Shepherd!

Week of March 22 & 29 - Jesus' Passion, Death & Resurrection

Week of April 12 - Breakfast on the Beach!

Week of April 25 - Back to Heaven!

VIRTUS Child Protection

All adults who work with children on a regular basis need to have a background check and attend the VIRTUS Child Protection Workshop.  Pre-register for a workshop and obtain your background check at VIRTUS Online.  Contact Ruth Trentman in the Parish office to get a Fastrax token to pay for your background check.  

An approval letter must be received by the parish BEFORE volunteer work can begin.  Click the picture above for more information.

How to Protect Your Children - AOC

Past Lessons

About the Program

Spark is a new at home family-based program for families with children beginning formal religious education.  Families will be guided through lessons with short pre-recorded videos from members of our faith formation team and staff.  We will also be hosting five Faith and Fun days at St. Max! These are designated days for parent and child.  You will pick up resources, drop off assignments, and participate in activities!  We will follow all parish safety measures to make sure these events are safe and comfortable for everyone.  The next event is scheduled for October 25.  Registration is required.  Look for registration link in your email a couple weeks before the event.

The expectation is that your family will work through lesson themes together.  They are designed to help you as the adult to learn and deepen your faith alongside your child.  There will be weekly work to complete; however, this format allows you the flexibility of fitting most of it into your own schedule.  Our team will be available for additional support through the year.  

Ministry Contacts

Mary Lou Baker
(513) 777-4322
Ext 120