We are looking forward to serving you and your family in Faith Formation here at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish!
The Church teaches that parents are the primary religious educators of their children (CCC 1653), and we are here to support you in this mission.
We offer Faith Formation sessions for children in PreK through Grade 12. Our primary aim is to lead our youth to an encounter with the Person of Christ and to deepen their engagement with the Faith and the Church through a Sacramental life of prayer and liturgy.
Parish Catechetical Leader
Faith Formation Office
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
P.O. Box 57
Scarborough, ME 04070-0057
(207) 883-0334 x6
1. How do I register my child for Faith Formation?
If you select the "Children & Youth Program Registration" tab in the righthand sidebar, it will direct you to a page where you can fill out an online registration form. You will receive a confirmation email when your registration has been processed.
2. What are my options for Faith Formation?
We offer Faith Formation sessions on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 10:15am for children in PreK - Grade 3. We also offer Faith Formation sessions on Thursday afternoons from 4:15 - 5:15pm for children in Kindergarten - Grade 8.
3. What do the group names mean?
We use group names to distinguish between age and grade level, as well as to show continuity in content as children proceed through Faith Formation. Our "Bible Buddies" are our children in PreK - Grade 2. "Faith Friends" are children in Grades 3 & 4. The "Gospel Gang" is children in Grades 5 & 6. Finally, we have "Ascent," our Junior High Youth Ministry, for youth in Grades 7 & 8.
4. I have a child in Grade 1 or 2 who needs to begin Sacramental Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. How do I register for that?
We offer three "Parent Info Nights" each Fall for parents to register their child for Sacramental Prep. This is the only opportuntiy we allow for registration (there is no online form), so that we can meet each family face-to-face and explain the process of the program, addressing individual needs then if necessary.
The Parent Info Nights for Fall 2016 are as follows:
Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 4-5:00pm (Holy Cross)
Monday, Oct. 3rd, 7-8:00pm (St. Bartholomew)
Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 7-8:00pm (St. Maximilian Kolbe)
5. None of the listed Faith Formation times work with my family's schedule. Do we have another option?
Yes, of course. We are always willing to work with families who fervently desire to raise their children in the Faith but encounter scheduling conflicts. We have a homeschool option, in which you purchase a workbook to complete at home with two check-in meetings throughout the year. We also have a number of Parish Family Events in which you will participate as part of the homeschool option. Please see us for more info.
6. If my child is enrolled in Faith Formation, does that count as Sacramental Preparation?
In a word, no. This is significant to note. For children in Grades 1 & 2 (or older children who need to receive Sacraments), there is a separate Sacramental Preparation program that is supplemental to Faith Formation. Please see Question #4 above. If you miss the Parent Info Night dates, please email me as soon as possible.
7. My spouse and I are divorced. Can we both receive mailings about Faith Formation?
Definitely. Please just note this on your child's registration form and provide contact information and emails for both parents.
8. My child was not baptized in the Catholic Church. What do I do?
If you are seeking to raise your child Catholic, or desire your child to be baptized Catholic, please email us at your earliest convenience. We will meet with you to prepare for the baptism, or to ensure that your child has completed a Profession of Faith to receive his/her future Sacraments in the Church.
9. I would love to get involved as a volunteer. How can I help?
We are always grateful for our catechists, the teachers who lead the Faith Formation sessions. Catechists meet together once every 2 months for planning and brainstorming sessions and to prepare lesson plans for the upcoming weeks.
As a catechist, you can expect to spend about 2 hours each week for preparations and teaching. If this is your first time, you can request to be paired with an experienced catechist to co-teach a class.
Please email me and fill out the volunteer application if you're interested! We would love to have you!