Sacramental Preparation

Rooted in Christ 

With parents as the primary educators of their children, St. Margaret Mary School helps to form students of faith, conscience, academic excellence and service in the Catholic tradition. Serving those as Christ did is inherently woven into the fabric of our school life.

Students in grade 2 prepare with our SMM Associate Pastor, their teachers, classmates and parents to receive their First Reconciliation during first semester.  Their second semester includes preparation at home and school to receive their First Holy Communion.

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2nd graders receive their First Holy Communion in the Spring Semester

School day faith formation activities:

  • Daily prayer to start the school day and weekly Mass attendance
  • Weekly classroom visits from SMM Associate Pastor
  • Theology of the Body – workbooks specific to parents and 8th graders are incorporated into the religion curriculum.
  • Communication and involvement with our local sister school, All Saints School and our international Sister School, St. John Bosco Katende Primary School in Uganda
  • Several extracurricular activities are available for students including, Crew Team for Youth Ministry, Spartans Ablaze after school prayer group, Jr. Legion of Mary, and Youth Group activities for junior high students.
  • Thanksgiving Food drive
  • Daily prayer to start the school day and weekly Mass attendance
  • Theology of the Body- workbooks specific to parents and 8th graders are incorporated within religion curriculum
  • Religion textbooks in conformity with the USCCB
  • Monthly casual days for causes
  • Hearts Ministry Cookie Drive

Retreats

2nd Grade – First Communion Retreat

2nd graders attend a First Communion Retreat where the students and parent volunteers bake bread and share it with their classmates to better understand coming to the table of the Eucharist.

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2nd graders learn about the Eucharist through activities and a shared meal at their retreat

5th Grade – Kindness Retreat

5th graders attend a Kindness Retreat lead by the Youth Frontiers from Minnesota.

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Leaders share stories and music with 5th graders
This organization has lead students through a variety of retreats and offers students another avenue for spiritual and personal growth and development, http://www.youthfrontiers.org/kindness-retreat/.
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5th graders enjoy games and activities while learning life skills

 

 

7th Grade – Courage Retreat

7th graders attend a Courage Retreat to help with critical thinking as they encounter more decision making opportunities in their personal lives, http://www.youthfrontiers.org/courage-retreat/ .

8th Grade – Confirmation Retreat

8th graders attend a class Retreat as part of their preparation for Confirmation. The Confirmation preparation program lasts approximately 18 months, including service projects within Small Faith Groups.
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