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Religious Education (RE) – GATHER Family Formation

So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.”
~John 7:16


St. Margaret Mary’s Family Religious Education Program

gather_chalkSt. Margaret Mary Religious Education (RE) consists of our GATHER Family RE Program, Youth Ministry and Vacation Bible School. We also have a program called, finding God together,” which is Baptism, Reconciliation and First Communion for children in the 3rd grade or above. Sacramental Preparation also takes place through these programs.

Saint Margaret Mary Parish embraces the concept of life long Faith Formation. National research, Church documents and our own “lived” experience show the importance of active parent participation in the faith formation of children. We offer “Gather” as one way to foster a community where everyone grows in knowledge of faith and communion throughout their lifetime.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”
~Matthew 18:20

Gather is Saint Margaret Mary’s Family Faith Formation program for all students who do not attend Catholic school. All students grades Pre-school to High School participate with at least one parent. Catholic school families are welcome to participate.

Congratulations, Mrs. Sue Jay, Our 2nd grade Catechist in RE was honored with the Bishop O’Neill Award in Catechetics – Catechetical Sunday Award

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We gather and spend time in fellowship community building RE classes for the student (Preschool-HS), adult sessions and a family activity where you work and grow together as a family.

Gather is offered:

  • Wednesday: 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM (K thru HS)
  • Sunday: 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM (3-4 PreSchool – HS)

In the Education Center. We will begin in the gymnasium. Child care will be available for children 15 months-4 years old; donation of $5 per child requested.


Click Here for Our “GATHER” Family Registration Form for 2017-18 (PDF)

Click Here for Our New “GATHER” Program Informational Brochure (PDF)

Click Here for Our “GATHER” Family Handbook for 2017-18 (PDF)


Gather Session Dates for 2017-18

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:15 PM in the Education Center.
All Students (Preschool –8th Grade) will be welcomed in their new RE/YM classroom by their teachers and attend a one-hour class session while Parents attend an informative meeting in the Gym. Child care will be available this evening. After the Meet and Greet all families are invited to join in Quake Mass at 4:30 in church followed by a Community Meal in McDonnel Hall.

10:15 AM – 12:30 AM
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Sept 17, 2017 Sept 20, 2017
Oct 15, 2017 Oct 18, 2017
Oct 29, 2017 Nov 1, 2017
Nov 12, 2017 Nov 15, 2017
Dec 3, 2017 Dec 6, 2017
Jan 21, 2018 Jan 24, 2018
Feb 11, 2018 Feb 14, 2018
Feb 27, 2018* (Tuesday)
March 4, 2018 March 7, 2018
March 18, 2018 March 21, 2018
April 8, 2018 April 11, 2018
April 22, 2018 April 25, 2018

Second Grade Families— Please click here for the Sacramental Preparation schedule.

*ALL Family Lenten Reconciliation Service Grade 2 thru High School:
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 6:00 PM.


Family Events

  • Quake Mass and Community Meal: Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
  • Advent Event & Quake Mass: Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Family Movie Night: Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • ALL Family Outdoor Mass and Community Picnic: Sunday, May 6 @ 4:30 PM

If you are unable to attend the session that you registered for, you are welcome to attend the alternate date. Please call the Religious Education Office (847-658-9339) or Youth Ministry Office at (847-658-7881) to inform us of your intent to attend another date, so we can mark attendance and plan on extra supplies. Thank you.

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Catechists Needed

We need help with our new GATHER: Family Faith Formation, and there is a place for you whether you can volunteer to help in the Planning and Design group, or volunteer just a few hours with project prep or meal and snack prep.

We especially need:

  • Teachers and Aides for Preschool (Sunday Only)
  • Teachers and Aides for 1st grade and 2nd Grade (Wednesday and Sunday)
  • Child Care Coordinator and volunteers to help in our new Child Care room Wednesday and Sunday

Will you be willing to share the gift of your time and talent for Jesus in this way? Thank you so much for your faith and your dedication to the baptismal promises of your children.

Ellie M. Nelson, DRE, 847-658-9339

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This is such a special year as you continue to prepare your child for the First Reception of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The following dates are for your child’s Reconciliation Retreat, Reconciliation, and First Communion Retreat. These dates are important and require parents to attend… Please click here to go to our special section on Second Grade Sacramental Preparation.


First Communion Banner Song with Motions

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