Religious Education K- 12

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sunday, April 15—Confirmation Preparation
  • Wednesday, April 18—K-12 Clases
  • Wednesday, April 25—Catholympics
  • Sunday, April 29th—Pay It Forward
  • Wednesday, May 2nd—NO Classes / Catechist Appreciation

 Catholympics HELP needed: Catholympics is an event to celebrate the “end” of the K-6 Peer Learning Faith Formation sessions for the 2017-2018 year.  We could use help from ADULTS and JH and HS students.  If you would be available on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:45-7:30 please contact Barb or Crystal.

 NEW to the Faith Formation Calendar:  Pay It Forward! On April 29th we are combining efforts with the Grinnell United Methodist Church in doing another service experience.  This event will be for K-12 students and we will doing several types of service projects that morning.  A note was sent home with some details.  PLEASE RSVP if you will be able to join us so we can assign projects.  Also, if you are in need of a project that our group could do for you, please contact Crystal about the possibility.

 We have the dates for Totus Tuus (a Vacation Bible School/Camp) to be held here at St. Mary’s this summer.  Mark July 23-27 on your calendars. K-6th grade will met from 9am-3pm each day and 7-12th grade will meet from 7-9:15pm. This years theme is the Apostles Creed and the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. The Totus Tuus Team will be staying in Grinnell starting Saturday, July 21st and we will need to house them and provide meals for them.  We will also need help with the K-6 day sessions.  Junior High, High School, College and Adults are encouraged to help with snacks and be small group leaders. Please contact me if you would be interested in helping out.

 CYC (Catholic Youth Camp) from the Des Moines Diocese: Catholic Youth Camp is a sleep away summer camp for students entering 3rd grade through high school graduation. Every summer, over 1,400 young people will come to CYC to pray, learn about the Catholic faith, and have fun in the outdoors! CYC has updated many “camp” activities along with constructing a high ropes course and a crate stacker. Both create challenges that campers must work through and are designed to build self-esteem and strengthen team skills. CYC is located just outside Panora IA – about an hour from Des Moines.  Check out their website at  for more information. There is a poster and more information located on a bulletin board in the Parish Banquet Hall.

 NEW this year… CIA (Catholics  In Action) for 7-9th grade students! CIA  will continue to be a Diocesan Service retreat offered for young people in our Diocese .  This year the group will stay at St. Mary’s in Solon and do work around that area.  Keep watching for more details and save June 24-27 for this exciting event.  FYI… we will need high school and college students to help lead this event.

 CIA Family Style  will also be based out of St. Mary’s in Solon and those dates are tentatively set for July 19-22nd. Keep watching for more details.


Adult Formation:

Our NEXT Bible Study: A Biblical Walk Through the Mass  will begin THIS Monday April 16th and meet for five Mondays from 6:30-8:00 PM. Please contact the Faith Formation if you are interested in attending so we can order enough materials.  $20 is a suggested donated cost for the books.

 The Next Women's Book study: Heaven Starts Now  by Fr. John Riccardo is in Progress. Here at St. Mary’s. Contact us if you have a book you would like to do after this one. 

 Check out  our website for information about a Men’s Retreat  to be held April 21 in Iowa City and a Women’s Retreat  to b held April 28 in Long Grove both being offered by our Diocese .