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. Integrating the students from both St. Mary and St. Francis Xavier Parishes, 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.


CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is coming to our Faith Formation program for 3- and 4-year-olds, tentatively scheduled for Winter 2021 debut. CGS is a Montessori-based approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, and respect for the child’s rich relationship with God. To see CGS in action, check out the introductory video. To learn more about CGS for your child, contact Jane Charnetski, Faith Formation Coordinator.



Check out our Summer 2020 Faith Formation Newsletter and especially, the Message from the Director on page 2.

Faith Formation classes, studies, and retreats will be rescheduled as follows: • First Communion Retreats and Masses for both St. Mary and St. Francis Xavier Parishes are to be rescheduled for September, 2020. • The Confirmation Retreat is now scheduled on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Until then, our Faith Formation staff invites you to email us with any questions and would like to offer families the following Remote Learning Resources: Come explore Curated Catechism, a thoughtful collection of custom-made catechesis for parish education and beyond. Created for you by our parishes’ Faith Formation staff. Especially relevant for older kids, young adults, and families Sophia Institute’s Free Daily and Weekly Resources For young and older kids Daughters of Saint Paul You Tube Channel: Story time with the Sisters Playlist For younger kids New catechists or parishioners are always welcome to get involved! Our Faith Formation staff invites you to email us with any questions.





Classes for Pre-school, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-2 are taught most Sunday mornings from September through Easter at St. Mary from 10:00-11:00am. 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 $55 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 for six months 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 for six months on Tuesdays from September through Easter. Students will be bussed from Foxview Intermediate School to St. Mary, 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 St. Mary parking lot.


Students in Grades 7-10 attend classes at St. Mary from 6:15-7:45pm on Wednesdays from September through Easter. Students can be dropped off and picked up by parents in the parking lot at St. Mary.


GRADE11: Pre-Confirmation & Confirmation

Students attend mostly weekly classes on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm at St. Mary. 

Pre-Confirmation is an required blessing that is no cost for any student not attending Catholic school.  See FAQs for more details.