Faith Formation

Our Faith Formation (Religious Education) program is a reverent and engaging instructional program that is offered to children in the parish from Pre-School to Grade 11 who attend a non-Catholic school. Our program integrates the students from St. Mary and St. Francis Xavier Parishes, which allows us to best use the facilities and classrooms at either site. The program’s purpose is to nourish young people in the understanding of their faith and give them the tools they need to have a working knowledge of the faith and the beliefs of Catholicism.

Our program is designed to bring the traditional prayers of the Church, scripture and Catholic doctrine to your child. The curriculum for each grade is content-filled and embraces the standard classroom structure of teacher and students. We are in strict compliance with the guidelines of the Diocese of Green Bay concerning curriculum, sacramental preparation and safe environment.

It is our honor and privilege to guide your children in their spiritual education through Catholic teaching.


Classes for Pre-school, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-2 are taught most Sunday mornings from September through Easter during the 9:00am Mass at St. Francis Xavier and the 10:00am Mass at St. Mary. Children meet their teachers in the Gathering Area before Mass where the priest gives the children a blessing and sends them to class.

Pre-school and Kindergarten students learn about God and self through stories, songs, and hands-on class activities. Grade 1 follows the Diocesan curriculum, which provides an elementary understanding of God, Jesus, and the created world in which we live. Instruction in Grade 2 is primarily focused on preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist through First Reconciliation and First Communion. A fee of $45 covers the cost of instructional materials for preparation for the sacraments for Notre Dame School students.


Students in Grades 3-4 attend an after-school program at St. Mary from 3:30-5:00pm twice a month on Wednesdays from September through Easter. We provide bus transportation for students from three De Pere Elementary Schools to St. Mary. Children board designated buses after school and are given a snack upon arrival at the church. Parents are responsible for picking their children up from St. Mary at 5:00pm.


Students in Grades 5-6 attend an after-school program at St. Francis Xavier from 3:15-4:45pm twice a month on Wednesdays from September through Easter. Students walk the two blocks from Foxview Intermediate School to the Fr. Dolski Parish Center, where they receive a snack prior to the start of classes. Parents are responsible for picking their children up at St. Francis Xavier at 4:45pm in the parking lot at the rear of the Fr. Dolski Parish Center.


Students in Grades 7-11 attend classes at St. Francis Xavier and Notre Dame Middle School, which adjoins it, from 6:30-8:00pm twice a month on Wednesdays from September through Easter. Students can be dropped off and picked up by parents in the parking lot behind Notre Dame Middle School.

Our program prepares students for Confirmation during their high school junior year and confirms them in September of their senior year. Preparation includes the Confirmation Retreat, which is designed with teenagers in mind, and takes students deeper into their relationships with Christ – Christ as he is, Christ in each other, and Christ in themselves.