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

At the GATHER sessions, we will meet (with all safety protocols set by the Diocesan guidelines) in the Gym. Safety remains a top priority. To ensure the well-being of all families that participate in GATHER, our staff and volunteers will be cleaning the gym, restrooms and high touch areas before and in between each session.

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) and will have specific entry and exit protocols to follow for optimum safety for your family. 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 2022-2023 School Year
Register and Pay Tuition Online
GATHER Registration Form (PDF)

GATHER Schedule

Sunday
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Sept 11, 2022 Sept 14, 2022
Oct 2, 2022 Oct 5, 2022
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 16, 2022
First Reconciliation Tuesday, November 29th
Dec 4, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Jan 8, 2023 Jan 12, 2023
Feb 12, 2023 Feb 15, 2023
March 12, 2023 Mar 15, 2023
April 2, 2023 April 5, 2023
April 16, 2023 April 19, 2023
First Holy Communion
 TBD

Family Events

  • Quake Mass and Community Meal

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.

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.

Click Here for Our “finding GOD together” Brochure

finding GOD together Session Dates

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

  • September 17, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • October 15, 2022
  • October 29, 2022
  • November 12, 2022
  • December 3, 2022
  • January 7, 2023
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 4, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR CHILDREN – February 25, 2023 – CHURCH
  • March 4, 2023
  • March 18, 2023
  • April 3, 2023 AT 11:00AM -12:15PM – School Gym
  • FIRST COMMUNION RETREAT (PARENT AND CHILD ATTEND)April 15, 2023 – School Gym
  • Sacrament of Holy Communion –  TBA

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.

Click Here to Pay Sacramental Preparation Fee Online Using GiveCentral

Sacramental Preparation Dates


Sacrament of First Reception of Reconciliation

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 at 6:00pm (Parents and Child Attend)


First Communion Retreat

Saturday, April 15, 2023  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

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Times to be announced

First Holy Communion Masses

First Communion Mass

Date and Time to be announced at a later date.

Detailed information will be sent home with each family.
Click Here for Our “GATHER” Family Registration Form (PDF)