Faith Formation


Information about the 2020-2021 Faith Formation year will be coming out shortly.

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.

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.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is coming to our Faith Formation program for 3- and 4-year-olds this fall. 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.


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.