There is no weekday Mass Friday November 25th and the offices are closed for the holiday. They will reopen Monday morning.

Faith Formation

Deepening Discipleship

 

Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation is a program that encourages and strengthens the partnership between the Parish community and parents (who are the primary educators of the faith in their family). The whole family gatherings are created with the goals of educating, encouraging conversation between family members, and deepening a connection between families and the Church community.

“In our continuing catechesis on the family, we reflect today on the connection between the family and the Christian community. The Church is the home of those who believe in Jesus Christ as the source of the unity of the entire human family. Christ chose to enter our history, to become part of a human family, and to form a community which welcomes all who wish to hear his good news of the Father’s love.” – Pope Francis

Why Family Faith Formation?

According to various studies, the Church is losing a large number of members annually. About 80% are leaving the faith before they reach college-age, but the average age for disaffiliation is 13.

​Catholics often blame many of the Church's problems on poor catechesis. Although the quality level of various catechetical programs certainly varies from parish to parish, the reality is: Regular Mass attendance plus the typical weekly catechism class equals barely 1% of a person's life. That means that even during the school/faith formation season, 99% of a child's experience is outside of parish catechesis. One percent of a child’s life can’t overcome the other ninety-nine. The goal of Family Faith is to assist families in fully integrating faith practices into their lives so we can be as close to acknowledging, recognizing, and praising God 100% of our lives.

​The Church’s expectation that parents act as catechists to their children might sound frightening or radical, but it is the reality that parents teach their children how to walk, talk, think, and behave just by being parents. Most lessons are "caught" more than they are "taught" because children learn from their parents simply by being around them. The same is true of living the faith! If parents skip Mass anytime it is inconvenient, that is the lesson their children will learn about the importance of Mass. If parents pray before meals, that is the life of prayer the children will learn. If parents spend time in Scripture and say a daily rosary, that is what the faith will look like to their children.

The focus is on giving parents tools to help them succeed at being the religious educators that they already are. For most families, high-level theological training is not as important as faithful practices, and Family Faith Formation can help with both. No single parish program or activity can meet the particular needs of all families. The goal of our Family Faith Formation is to offer as many opportunities for education and spiritual growth as possible.

St. Martin de Porres Family Faith Formation Program 2022-2023

Families are expected to attend one of the Family Faith gatherings every month (offered at each site), attend weekend Mass regularly, and choose three other educational or spiritual experiences each month. Every family will receive the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies to assist in reflecting on the weekly readings and provide at-home catechesis. Families can choose any combination of in-person or at home experiences from a monthly playlist for the three activities outside of the monthly gathering. It’s kind of like a choose your own adventure Faith Formation!

  • Want to practice praying together as a family but you need help? Come to Family Rosary night!
  • Are you an at-home movie loving family? Watch the suggested movie on Formed
  • Your child learns best through reading and studying? Do the weekly Pflaum packets!

Our official classes will start in October, and dates are posted in the pdf below!

If you are ready to register now, click the box below to be taken to our online form, or click here to download a pdf to print and return to any of the offices.

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CLICK HERE FOR PDF SCHEDULE OF MONTHLY GATHERINGS

See Diocesan Homelinks Program, Strong Catholic Families, Children's Page.


Did you complete an activity at home?

Click Here to go to the quick Google Form to report on your prayer or learning expereince

October Google Form


Have an idea for a prayer or learning experience for Families or adults? 

Fill out this Google form to submit your idea! You can submit it with your name or anonymously

Click here to submit an idea

 

Teen Faith Formation

Teens are encouraged to participate in our Youth Ministry which includes a variety of activities to help form them as mature disciples in the faith.  Programs are designed to be mindful of the particular needs and gifts of adolesccents and cover the many components of formation:

  • Advocacy
  • Catechesis
  • Community Life
  • Evangelization
  • Justice and Service
  • Leadership Development
  • Pastoral Care
  • Prayer and Worship

There are local, diocesan and national opportunities and some activities are targeted for Senior High and others are open to Middle School.

 


 

 

Sacramental Preparation

 

To prepare to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion contact our Faith Formation Coordinator, Jen Hughes. For Confirmation, contact Youth Ministry, Sean & Kate Esposito. Preparation sessions are in addition to participation in parish Faith Formation programs and/or enrollment in a Diocesan Catholic school.

For teens or adults receiving these sacraments for the first time see info about RCIA and contact Fr. John Hayes.

For Baptismal preparation contact Deacon Matt Dudek.

For Marriage preparation contact Fr John Hayes.

Click here for Diocesan Guidelines for Sacramental Preparation. 

 


 

 

Lifelong Faith Formation

Our parishes offer a variety of ongoing learning opportunities for adults.  We have Bible Studies, book clubs, prayer groups and Lenten retreats.  See the calendar for schedules and the Ministries page for more information.

Online resources

Busted Halo.com - Young adult friendly blogs, podcasts and videos
ChurchPOP.com  - Make holy all the things!
Catholic.com  - Catholic answers                                                                                                            Formed.org - Dive into the beauty of the Faith                                                                      Catholicicing.com - Religious blog                                                                                          Archdiocese of Milwaukee - Ignite your faith series

Feast Day Resources

In an effort to help you support and nourish your families at the domestic church in your home, we have been providing materials, activities, and explanations of important feast days for you to take home.   We ask you to take these materials and make time to bless your homes and families by unlocking the supernatural mysteries these holy days possess.  Click here for access to the feast day handouts. 

 


 

 

Family Life

Our parishes have access to wonderful resources through the Diocese of Rochester Homelinks.  See a faith formation staff person for the access code.

Strong Catholic Families

Camp Koinonia Family Camp

 

 


Marriage

 

For Your Marriage - The Bishops Speak on Marriage

 

      

 

 

 

Faith Formation Schedule

Youth Ministry Schedules

E-Newsletters

Newsletters (Bulletin Insert)

Safe Environment

Youth Events

Nov 27

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's
Time: Sunday, 9:00 AM
Location: St Mary of the Assumption - 99 Main St Scottsville NY 14546
  Weekend Mass at St. Mary's.
Dec 2

First Fridays Faith Gathering

Friday, 6:30 PM

First Fridays Faith Gathering
Time: Friday, 6:30 PM
Location: St Mary of the Assumption - 99 Main St Scottsville NY 14546
  No Description Available
Dec 3

St. Columba's Mass

Saturday, 4:00 PM

St. Columba's Mass
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM
Location: St. Columba Church - 198 North Street Caledonia NY 14423
  No Description Available
Dec 4

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's
Time: Sunday, 9:00 AM
Location: St Mary of the Assumption - 99 Main St Scottsville NY 14546
  Weekend Mass at St. Mary's.
Dec 4

Confirmation

Sunday, 12:00 PM

Confirmation
Time: Sunday, 12:00 PM
Location: St. Columba Church - 198 North Street Caledonia NY 14423
  No Description Available
Dec 4

Youth Group

Sunday, 6:30 PM

Youth Group
Time: Sunday, 6:30 PM
Location: St. Columba Church - 198 North Street Caledonia NY 14423
  No Description Available
Dec 10

St. Columba's Mass

Saturday, 4:00 PM

St. Columba's Mass
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM
Location: St. Columba Church - 198 North Street Caledonia NY 14423
  No Description Available
Dec 11

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's
Time: Sunday, 9:00 AM
Location: St Mary of the Assumption - 99 Main St Scottsville NY 14546
  Weekend Mass at St. Mary's.
Dec 17

St. Columba's Mass

Saturday, 4:00 PM

St. Columba's Mass
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM
Location: St. Columba Church - 198 North Street Caledonia NY 14423
  No Description Available
Dec 18

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Sunday Mass at St. Mary's
Time: Sunday, 9:00 AM
Location: St Mary of the Assumption - 99 Main St Scottsville NY 14546
  Weekend Mass at St. Mary's.