St. Margaret Mary’s GATHER Family Faith Formation

Here at Saint Margaret Mary, we put families front and center in their own family faith formation. Parents, you are the most important example to your children. Family Faith Formation makes it exciting and practical as both parents and children “live and learn” the Catholic faith together! Parent involvement in your child’s faith formation increases not only a child’s identification with their Catholic faith as they grow, but the commitment to and practice of the Catholic faith as they reach adulthood.

As ministers of the church (the GATHER Team), our role is to accompany you on the journey as you grow and learn more about Jesus and the Church. We learn from you and we will share our experiences of God and Church with you as well!

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

Who is GATHER Family Faith Formation for?

GATHER Family Faith Formation is for all families who do not attend a Catholic school. All families: Preschool-High School participate together.

As Family

GATHER Family Faith Formation is offered for 11 sessions for 2 different time periods:

  • Sunday – 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM
  • Wednesday  – 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

We GATHER in the Education Center (119 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin) Information to follow via email after registration. Childcare (15 months-4yr) will not be available until further notice.

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

GATHER Registration for 2023-2024 School Year

GATHER Schedule

Please join us at the Catechetical Sunday kick off mass on Sunday September 17, 2023 – 4:30 PM Mass.
All families are welcome to attend.

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Oct 1, 2023 Oct 4, 2023
Oct 15, 2023 Oct 18, 2023
Nov 12, 2023 Nov 15, 2023
First Reconciliation Tuesday, November 28th
*Dec 10, 2023 *Dec 10, 2023
Jan 7, 2024 Jan 10, 2024
Jan 21, 2024 Jan 24, 2024
Feb 11, 2024 Feb 14, 2024
March 10, 2024 March 13, 2024
April 7, 2024 April 10, 2024
April 21, 2024 April 21, 2024
First Holy Communion

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.

finding GOD together

finding GOD together 
is a family program designed to initiate children (3rd grade or above) to the Catholic faith and sacramental life. Families will attend the last 2 gather sessions of the year with the finding God together team. Parents attend the Adult Formation sessions at the finding GOD together sessions simultaneously to support their child’s faith as well as grow in their own faith.

At the end of the process, the child will receive the Sacraments of Baptism (if needed), Reconciliation and First Communion, as needed. Afterwards, the child(ren) will resume in their grade level in the GATHER; Family Faith Formation Sessions.

finding GOD together Session Dates

Parent and Child must attend
Saturdays 9:30 AM-11:30 AM in Education Center.

Topics listed below are for the Adult Classes

  • September 16, 2023 – Welcome/Book of James/Bible Overview
  • September 30, 2023 – Mass/Missal Review/Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • October 14, 2023 – Christ in the Old Testament/Gospels Side by Side/Dead Sea Scrolls
  • October 28, 2023 – Mary/Rosary
  • November 11, 2023 – History of the Church – 1
  • December 2, 2023 – History of the Church  – 2
  • December 16, 2023 – Sermon on the Mount/Beatitudes
  • January 6, 2024 – Transfiguration/Lord’s Supper/Book of Acts/Peter & Paul
  • January 20, 2024 – Tradition/ Sacraments
  • February 3, 2024 – Sacramentals/Novenas
  • February 17, 2024 – Reconciliation/Prayer
  • March 2, 2024 – Triduum & Eucharist/Trinity
  • Sunday, March 10, 20024, 11 AM GATHER Formation
  • March 16, 2024 – Morality 1 – Scripture
  • April 6, 2024 – Morality 2
  • April 22, 2024 – Ask Any Question
  • April 21, 2024, 4:30 PM GATHER Formation
  • FIRST HOLY COMMUNION –  April 28, 2024

Why is finding GOD together needed?

We understand there are many reasons why a child has missed receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation or First Communion. finding GOD together provides the opportunity for catching up!

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that children over the age of reason (about age 7) cannot be baptized through the traditional infant ritual. The Church requires a period of instruction to prepare children for initiation into the Catholic faith.

At the Second Vatican Council, the Church acknowledged that Catholic parents are “first and primary teachers of the faith for their children.” It also stated that parents must be instructed in the faith, so that they are capable of passing on this faith to their children.

For All Second Grade Families

This is such a special year as you journey in faith formation with your child preparing for two important sacraments: First Reception of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.    Please “save the dates” below for your child’s First Reception of Reconciliation and First Communion Rehearsal and Mass.  Each date requires a parent to attend, thank you!

We will be collecting a Sacramental Fee of $75 per student. This fee covers a portion of resources dedicated to your child’s Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  For your convenience, you may pay the fee online.

Sacramental Preparation Dates

Sacrament of First Reception of Reconciliation

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 6:00 PM (Parents and Child Attend)

First Communion Retreat

Saturday, April 13, 2024  from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the School Gym (Parents & Child Attend)

At this First Communion Retreat we will learn the similarities between what we share at our friendship meal and what the disciples shared at the Last Supper.

First Holy Communion Rehearsals


First Holy Communion Masses

First Communion Mass – TBD

9:30 AM – RE Sunday
11:30 AM – RE Wednesday and SMM 2nd Grade Students