Programs for Children and Youth

Faith Formation for Children and Youth

Have questions about our programs for children and youth? Contact Deb Kelliher, Director of Family and Faith Formation, at debkelliher@stmaryspr.org.

Nursery
Our nursery is open every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. for infants and children up to age 3. It is staffed year-round by a dedicated team of childcare providers. The room is located on our lower level near the dining hall.

Atrium (Ages 3- 1st grade)
Our Atrium program for children ages 3 to 1st grade meets on Sundays, September through May, at 10:00 a.m. Atrium is a Montessori based curriculum called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through presentations from our trained leaders, our children explore their own relationship with God and learn hands on about the traditions, liturgies, and sacraments of the church. They join us in church at Communion time. The Atrium room is located on the lower level near the dining hall. Someone will be available in the main Lounge area (enter the red doors on Prospect) to welcome you on Sunday mornings and help you find the Atrium.

Elementary School (Grades 2-5) 
Children in grades 2-5 meet on special Sundays during the school year (typically once per month), for presentations called Family Faith Forums. Designed specifically with elementary age children in mind, but intended to be inter-generational, these interactive presentations help us explore our faith in relationship to the stories of Scripture, the feast days of the church, and Christian spiritual traditions. We meet in the Grauer Lounge at 9:45a.m. and then attend the 10:15a.m. service.

On all other Sundays, children are encouraged to worship with us in church.  Children will also participate in our worship services through special offerings, songs, and presentations. Craft and coloring bags are available for those children in the back of the church.

Family Faith Forums
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Family Faith Forums will take place in the Fall of 2022 on the following dates:

Sunday, September 11th, Grauer Lounge
The Widow's Mite

Sunday, October 30th, Grauer Lounge
Hallows Eve, Day of the Dead, All Saints Day -  Making the Connections

Sunday, November 20th, Grauer Lounge
Jesse Tree, an Advent Offering

Sunday, December 18th, Grauer Lounge
St Nicholas, an interview with a special Bishop

Youth Group (Middle and High School)
Our Middle and High School age youth meet on the second Sunday of each month from September to May. This takes place after church until 12:30 p.m. and is in the room located above the church offices. Our St Mary’s youth group also participates in community wide youth events in collaboration with partner churches in Park Ridge.

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