Faith Formation, Religious Education, Overview
Programs are designed for children preschool through high school
to instruct them in the tenants of their faith, prepare them for the sacraments
and provide opportunities for social interaction and Christian Service.
Religious Formation - Grades 1 - 8: Students are assigned to classes that are held on Monday evenings either from 4:30 PM until 6 PM or from 6 PM until 7:30 PM. Each session begins in church with the Sunday Gospel reading, song, and discussion. Students then move into a classroom for further study at their grade level.
Questions? Call JoAnn Bonohoom, the Director of Religious Education, at 248.649.5510, Ext. 107.
First and Second Grades Christmas Presentation
Special Needs Program
Special Needs Formation: Under the direction of Pam LaGrassa, the Religious Education Program for Special Needs Students and Families is held on Saturday mornings from October through May, between 10 and 11:30 AM and incorporates the service of many dedicated adult catechists who work individually with students. The study and reception of the sacraments and attendance at Masses, as well as participation in special events, keep special needs students engaged in the life of our parish. The program is open to all qualifying students, not only the children of Christ, Our Light!
Call Pam LaGrassa at 248.649.5510, Ext. 113 for additional information.
Sunday Morning Programs:
Preschool, Ages 3-6: Classes are offered during the 9:30 and 11 AM Masses. Students sing, color, craft and have a project or dialogue related to that week's Gospel reading. They are served a snack and juice at the end of the session. Children are dropped off before Mass and picked up after Mass.
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC), Grades 1 - 5, during 11:00 AM Mass: The program is directed by a catechist and run by parent volunteers. Children are called from Mass to hear the Gospel explained to them at their level in a classroom setting. Discussion and dialogue follow the reading. Children return to Mass at the Offertory to complete their worship experience.
Additional information for either of the Sunday morning programs may be obtained by calling the Religious Education office at 248.649.5510, Ext. 107.
Listening to the Gospel
Under the guidance and supervision of the pastor, students are prepared for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in second grade; for the Sacrament of Confirmation, in eighth and ninth grades. First Penance and Reconciliation is typically celebrated the first Saturday of Advent.; the First Eucharist is typically celebrated the first weekend in May.
Confirmation preparation for eighth grade students begins in the January prior to the reception of the Sacrament the following November.
RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) Grades 5-8: The program prepares children who were not baptized as infants and are under the age of eighteen to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, preferably at the Easter Vigil.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): Attendees at sessions may be those interested in becoming Catholics, preparing to celebrate the reception of a sacrament they have missed, or those simply wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith. Meetings are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Contact the parish office at 248.649.5510 for more information.
Education Commission: One of five commissions established by the Archdiocese, the Commission is headed by laity within the parish and according to AOD guidelines. It is supported by the parish staff and the leadership of the pastor. Examples of the Commission's work are Friday Fun Night, Vacation Bible School, Good Friday Bible School and numerous presentations throughout the year for families at the parish level.